Khebz w Meleh
Although young people in Lebanon today are growing up in a religiously diverse society, they often lead separate lives. As a result, Christian and Muslim young people experience barriers of ignorance, fear, and mistrust in their own communities; these sometimes escalate into hostility or armed conflict.
Khebz w Meleh (KwM) brings together Christian and Muslim youths to share meals, openly discuss their faith together, and take action for the common good of their local communities.
This is done over seven curriculum-based sessions (hyperlink to “KwM Curriculum” page). In order to carry out constructive discussion around faith, youth people agree to adher to the 11 Guidelines for Dialogue (hyperlink to “Guidelines for Dialogue” page).
KwM is a transformative peacebuilding initiative that allows for solid interfaith friendships to be formed. It provides space for young people in Lebanon to come together from across faith divides, to address areas of mistrust, and to experience healing. We are motivated by God to work collectively toward the common good in our societies as we seek to practice his model of peace. Our curriculum allows Muslim and Christian young people to go from talking about their faith together to acting upon their faith, seeking the common good of their community.
IMES believes that through Christ, God invited us into reconciled relationship with himself. Through self-sacrifice, Jesus expressed the epitome of love, as he said: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13). He taught his followers: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). Because of him, we are also motivated to be reconciled with God and to seek reconciliation with those who are different from us.