Photo above, Holy Trinity Church, Kibera, Kenya
Houses of worship throughout Kenya; churches, temples & mosques, are sporting a bright yellow color. It is part of an art based peace initiative, Colour in Faith, designed to bring people of different faiths together. They chose yellow for two reasons: it represents light and light dispels darkness; and it is a faith neutral color, as it has no specific importance to any of the religious faiths participating in the project.
Kenya, a country known for peace among the different faiths has seen an uptick in loud religious fundamentalist voices and violence. Two of the first houses of worship involved in the project are Holy Trinity Church (Anglican) and the Jeddah Mosque, in Kibera, Kenya. While members of the mosque painted the church, members of the church were painting the mosque. Folks, who until that point hadn’t been friends or acquaintances with members of the other faith, have now been introduced to one another. The walls between folks of different faiths are being toppled by a simple project that involved painting buildings.