This article explores how the role of the Church in conflict transformation can be enhanced in the African context. The conceptual underpinnings of conflict transformation are first considered. It is argued that the Church has a unique role to play in conflict transformation because of the healing that it can promote in deeply divided societies. The role of the Church in promoting truth, justice and reconciliation is emphasized in the context of her role as a track two conflict manager. Specifically, the article analyses how the Church can assist in personal, relational, structural and cultural transformation to nurture deep-rooted peace in African societies. It blends a discussion of the mission of the Church with insights from conflict transformation to discuss how the Church can be of greater service in Reconciliation, Justice and Peace as envisaged in the 2009 Africa Synod of Bishops.
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