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Kenyan houses of worship join in bright yellow project

Kenyan houses of worship join in bright yellow project

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.

Members of Jeddah Mosque paint Holy Trinity Church. Click to enlarge.

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.

The photos are from the Colour in Faith website. The story has also been covered by the Anglican Communion News Service.


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Jay Croft

The steps on Holy Trinity church really need to be repaired.

Andee Zetterbaum

Wonderful project! But I’m betting the last sentence has a typo – surely the walls weren’t “toppled” (i.e., knocked down) by a simple project of painting buildings? If painting buildings is that dangerous, I’ll procrastinate about repainting my home for a lot longer!

David Carver

My thinking is they mean walls in the metaphorical sense (the barriers between the different faith groups).

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