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Allow us to share news about Religions for Peace and its religious leaders as they continue to provide leadership in their own communities related to our mission.  The content and opinions expressed in IN THE NEWS section do not necessarily reflect the views of, nor are they endorsed by, Religions for Peace. These stories appear as printed in their original independent sources.

 

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In Our Network

Statement of the Moderator and Secretary General on the Massacre in Oslo, Norway

22 July, 2011

Religions for Peace condemns the morally reprehensible bombing in Oslo, Norway. This callous, cowardly and depraved act was designed to kill, injure and terrorize indiscriminately. Read the Full Statement >>

Religions for Peace Affiliate in Indonesia leads the peace process in Papua.”

A conference on “Papua, Land of Peace,” was successfully launched by the Papua Peace Network (PPN) – led by Fr. Neles Tebay in Abepura, Papua from 5-7 July.  The conference convened representatives from the Indonesian government and the Indigenous Papuan community to peacefully address the conflict between the two actors. Mrs. Elga Sarapung, Director of Interfidei, an affiliated Religions for Peace partner in Indonesia, served as a facilitator of the conference. 

The conference was attended by 800 indigenous Papuans representing 252 ethnic groups and actions from the Provinces of Papua and West Papua.  Additionally, various pertinent actors were in attendance, including government officials, women’s groups, youth, local scholars and religious leaders.

Participants agreed on a process towards peace and understanding between the indigenous communities and the Indonesian government – a process marked by robust dialogue and a rejection of violence by both parties.  The final declaration adopted by participants outlined important areas to be discussed and called for a solution to current issues through dialogue between the Papuan People and the Indonesian Government.  

Ramadan Message from the Secretary General

Assalaamu alaykum!

On behalf of all of your brothers and sisters in Religions for Peace, please accept my heartfelt good wishes to you and to Muslims around the world as you begin observing the sacred time of Ramadan. Read the Full Message >>

North American Interfaith Youth Network Nominations

The North American Interfaith Youth Network - Religions for Peace has opened the nomination process for individual youth interested in representing the North American Region at the Global Youth Network. Two nominees will be selected to represent North America (one from the United States and one from Canada). Find out More >>

Restoring Dignity: A Commitment to End Violence against Women

A short statement – “Restoring Dignity: A Commitment to End Violence against Women” was issued by the Executive Committee of the World Council of Religions for Peace.

This Executive Committee statement is a call to action.  As people of faith, we are called to include multi-religious cooperation as one of the important ways we can take action as believers.  Religions for Peace will be using the Statement in its Global Campaign to End Violence against Women.  Read Full Statement >>

Religions for Peace Japan Supports a Multi-Religious Effort to Address Mental Challenges of Tsunami Survivors

Japan Supports a Multi-Religious Effort to Address Mental ChReligions for Peace Japan has been assisting Buddhist, Shinto, Christian and other faith communities in the tsunami-affected areas of northern Japan to partner with local governments and civil society organizations in undertaking relief and recovery efforts.

On May 7, 2011, Religions for Peace Japan supported the project “Kokoro no Sodan Shitu (Grief care counseling center with a multi-sectoral referral system)” in its first major consultation in Sendai. The project is led by a local interfaith organization Miyagi Council of Religious Institutions. The consultation brought together approximately 100 participants including senior religious leaders from different faith traditions, physicians, local government officials, as well as grief care professionals working on the frontlines of mental care in the cities of Kesennuma and Ishinomaki. Read the Full Report>>

Sri Lanka Council of Religions for Peace District Council in War Affected Areas Advances Reconciliation and Peace through the Children’s Essay, Speech and Art Competition

Claimed by separatist groups as part of the Tamil homeland, the Batticaloa district experienced countless civilian deaths, destruction of infrastructure, and widespread disappearances of civilians during the recent war.  Since the end of the war, the region still suffers from widespread mistrust, fear and occasional conflict among different ethnic groups. 

To help alleviate this suffering and conflict, Religions for Peace Sri Lanka Batticaloa District Council, one of its eleven district-level inter-religious councils, organized a multi faith peace festival at the Hisbullah Cultural Hall in Kattankudy, Batticaloa on 5  June  2011, bringing together over 600 participants from different religious and ethnic traditions in the region.  Read More>> 

Somali Elders Unite to Advance Peace

Somali Elders Unite to Advance Peace.jpg A multi-year initiative to bring Somali Elders and Religious Leaders into the forefront of peacemaking in Somalia took a major step forward in Entebbe, Uganda. The Elders have agreed to create a National Elders Council (Guurti) committed to advancing peace.  Importantly, the Guurti could also provide a basis for the future development of a national institution like an Upper House of Parliament.  Thus, the promise of the Guurti to help build peace is both immediate and long term.

Dr. Mustafa Ali, Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders—Religions for Peace, and Mr. Antti Pentikäinen, Religions for Peace’s Director of Conflict Transformation have been unwavering in their conviction that the Elders—if united—could provide a unique “key” to advancing the peace process.  They and their teammates have worked quietly with persistence and skill to serve the great promise of the Elders.  Read Communique of the Somali Elders>>
Read Secretary General's Letter>>

 


In the News

Global Peace Association Nepal Hosts Interreligious Assembly to Support Constitutional Framing

21 July, 2011

Nepal’s recent transition from a Hindu monarchy to a parliamentary democracy is not yet complete. The framing and ratification of a Constitution to provide just governance for Nepal’s people remains an urgent national priority.

In the hope of advancing this process and providing a voice for Nepal's diverse religious community, the Global Peace Association Nepal (GPA), Religions for Peace-Nepal (RAPAN) and Interreligious Council Nepal (IRCN) organized an important Interreligious General Assembly on the theme of "Contribution of Religious Sector to Constitution Drafting" on May 21, 2011. Read More >> 

Holy Land clerics launch interfaith Earth forum

25 July, 2011

Rabbi David Rosen multi-faith environmental campaign.jpgAFP - Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in the Holy Land joined forces Monday to launch a multi-faith environmental campaign, citing religious injunctions to protect the Earth across their three faiths.

At the Jerusalem launch of the Interfaith Centre for Sustainable Development, Rabbi David Rosen [a Co-President of Religions for Peace] noted that the obligation upon humans to care for their surroundings comes near the very beginning of the Bible.  Read More >> 

 

 

Professor Ismail Serageldin: Education and the knowledge revolution

nelson mendella lecture.jpgA lecture theatre at the University of Cape Town (UCT) law school was packed to the hilt yesterday as Professor Ismail Serageldin [ an Honorary President of Religions for Peace], Director of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, delivered the Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture here.

Prof Serageldin’s lecture formed part of his journey to South Africa to present the Ninth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, which took place on July 23, 2011 at Johannesburg’s Linder Auditorium. The topic today was “Universities and the Unfolding Knowledge Revolution: Preparing for the 21st Century”.  Read More >>
Learn more about Professor Serageldin>>

Cardinal Turkson praises National J&P Conference

'Justice at work - A place of safety, fulfillment and growth?' was the theme of this year's National Justice and Peace Network annual conference which took place at Swanwick this weekend. Nearly 400 representatives from England and Wales took part in three days of talks, workshops, prayer and social gathering.

In a message ahead of the conference, Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, [and a former Honorary President of Religions for Peace], said:  'I wish first and foremost to congratulate the NJPN for holding a meeting to consider Justice as indispensable condition for peace, fulfillment and growth.

Panel discussion on engaging faith-based organizations to “Stop Violence Against Children” held at UN Headquarters.  Read More >>

Belief Turns to Action

South-South News
29 June, 2011

Panel discussion on engaging faith-based organizations to “Stop Violence Against Children” held at UN Headquarters.

The Permanent Representative of Chile to the UN, H.E. Mr. Octavio Errazuriz, opened this lunch time programme in Conference Room 2. Also participating were Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children; Dr. Susan Bissell, Associate Director, Child Protection Section, Propgramme Division, UNICEF; Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, Convening Chair, World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, and Ms. Jacqueline Ogega, Director, Women's Program, Religions for Peace . Read More >>

 

Adeboye, others task UN on world peace

10 July 2011

Adeboye others task UN on world peace.jpgGeneral Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has called on the United Nations to fill the vacuum that exists in the international arena and establish a United Nations Alliance for the Culture of Peace.

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Keynote addresses were presented by the Grand Mufti of Bosnia Herzegovina, Dr. Mustafa Ceric, [a Co-President of Religions for Peace] (the Grand Imam of all of Europe) and the Chief Rabbi of Geneva, Yitzhak Dayan, (representative of the Conference of European Rabbis to the UN) focused on the shared values of people of faith.   Read More >>

Women, Faith and Development Alliance, Liberia Collaboration Convenes a Three-Day Session, Facilita

9 July 2011

Women Faith and Development Alliance has finally endorsed the Women of Faith (WOF) of the Inter-religious Council of Liberia [Religions for Peace Liberia] to facilitate and champion the ideals of the WFDA Liberia collaboration. The WOF convened a three-day session from July 5-7, 2011 under the theme “Strategic Planning with women as agents for positive change and Development”. Read More >>

 

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RELIGIONS FOR PEACEthe world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition—advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than eighty national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.

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