A new video has been made about the experience of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and its efforts at peacemaking in an environment of conflict and increasing violence.
Footage for “Sowing Seeds of Peace” was taken by Brethren videographer David Sollenberger during a trip to Nigeria late last year. Sollenberger also edited and narrates the video, which will have a showing at the 2012 Annual Conference. Making of the film was sponsored by the Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service office.
The Nigerian experience of violence–much of it having roots in interfaith conflict, as well as terrorist groups–and the church’s efforts at peacemaking are highlighted with interviews of church members and church leaders. Also granting interviews for the film were Muslim faith leaders and business people who are collaborating with the Nigerian Brethren in peacemaking efforts in places like the city of Jos, which has suffered recurrent waves of violence.
The video in DVD format is available free of charge through Global Mission and Service, but will not be available online out of concern for the personal safety of the people who are featured. For a copy contact Anna Emrick, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120; 800-323-8039 ext. 363; or firstname.lastname@example.org . Or go to www.brethren.org/peace to submit a request for a copy.
A study guide is being created to help churches use this video as a resource for Sunday school and small group study.