Today I find myself in Liberia where I am learning about Episcopal Relief & Development’s work to mobilize faith leaders in the effort to end violence against women and children. It’s innovative and impressive work (and I’m not just saying that because I’m the president).
Often, approaches to working with faith leaders “instrumentalize” them. That is to say, it uses faith leaders to deliver messages, usually created by outsiders, around good and bad behavior. This approach has met with modest success.
Here in Liberia we are trying a new way.