Divinity School scholars studying religious freedom and society in Africa

Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, Lamin Sanneh, and J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu at conference in Accra, Ghana.

In February of 2011, religious leaders from across Africa met in Accra, Ghana, to discuss their dual roles as people of faith and members of civil society. They sought to reconcile their beliefs with their obligations as citizens of countries torn apart by war, religious extremism, and dictatorial regimes.

The conference built on previous workshops in Dakar, Accra, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi, and concluded with the Accra Charter of Religious Freedom and Citizenship. “Our dual citizenship,” the statement said, “recognizes the complementarity of our roles as believers and citizens in which freedom becomes the ground of connection between the two.”