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The Birth of Religions for Peace Remembered at the 50th Annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
Charlotte, North Carolina | USA
Religions for Peace was born in Kyoto, Japan, in October 1970, at its first World Assembly which brought together 300 delegates from 10 major religions and from 39 nations. Religious leaders discussed the role of religion in advancing disarmament, development, and human rights. In the United States, the idea for holding such a global conference is attributed to the dreams of four religious leaders who began meeting in the fall of 1962: Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath (Reformed Jewish Community), Bishop John Wesley Lord (Methodist Church), Bishop John Wright (Catholic Church), and Dr. Dana McLean Greeley (UUA). UUA President Dana McLean Greeley was an important figure who, together with several others, organized two conferences in the U.S. (the first in January 1964 in New York and a second, larger National Inter-Religious Conference on Peace in Washington in March 1966) before deciding to explore the possibilities for a world-wide conference of religious leaders. Read More >>
Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury [Co-President of Religions for Peace]
and the Lord Archbishop of Westminster from HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal [President Emeritus of Religions for Peace]
“It was in Amman, in 1999, that I first became the Moderator for the World Conference of Religions for Peace. The same year, with eminent representatives of the monotheistic faiths, the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue was formed. The aid of the Foundation was an attempt at the most ‘authentic message that the three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam can give to the world of the Twenty First Century’.” Read the Full Letter >>
The Day of the African Child
Inter-religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) - Religions for Peace convened religious leaders from the Kasarani Interfaith Network to work with the Area Advisory Council for Ruaraka (in the Eastern parts of Nairobi near the Mathare Slums) on a public procession and a rally at Drive Inn primary school to mark the Day of the African Child. On the occasion, the IRCK provided food items, including milk, fruit and bread to more than 500 children. The Chair of the Interfaith Network, Bishop Aroko, spoke on the theme of the event “All Together in Urgent Action for Street Children.” He shared his personal experiences as a street child and the hardships he had to overcome. He also emphasized the need for more programs to reach street children and integrate them into households. Also present at the event was Dr. Francis Kuria, Secretary General of the IRCK.
The Kasarani Interfaith Network was invited to become a member of the Divisional Area Advisory Council that investigates issues affecting vulnerable children and develops action programs to assist them.
This event was funded by the UNICEF Faith for Life project.
A Historic Meeting of Philippines President Aquino and moro islamic liberation front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ibrahim for the Resolution of Conflict in Mindanao
Religions for Peace International and Religions for Peace Philippines have utilized their high-level religious channels to advance the peace process between the government of the Philippines and MILF. Dr. Din Syamsuddin, President of Muhammadiyah [and a Co-President of Religions for Peace] has served on the International Contact Group to advise and monitor the peace process. Rev. Kyoichi Sugino, Assistant Secretary General of Religions for Peace, has held consultations since 2005 with MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ibrahim and Secretary Teresita Deles of the Office of the Presidential Advisor to the Peace Process to create necessary conditions for the resumption of the stalled peace process.
President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines and Al Haj Murad Ibrahim met in Tokyo on 4 August 2011 to discuss ways to push the peace process forward. The statement from both sides indicated that the government and MILF had agreed to fast track the negotiations.
The 12,000-strong MILF - the biggest separatist group in South East Asia - has been fighting for more than three decades for a separate Muslim state in the mostly Catholic country's southern island of Mindanao. More than 150,000 people have been killed and more than 750,000 people were displaced at the height of the fighting, triggering a humanitarian crisis.
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Rank and File
5 August, 2011
Religious leaders from the three major monotheistic faiths and some 90 guests gathered in Jerusalem Wednesday to break the Ramadan fast and talk about of interfaith dialogue in Israel. Hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel - Religions for Peace, the event featured a speech by the cadi (religious judge) of Haifa, Iyad Zahalka, who called for more dialogue between the different faith groups in the Holy Land. Read More >>
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Political tension in Liberia occasions ecumenical team visit
4 August, 2011
A six-member ecumenical solidarity team from the World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) will be visiting the West African country of Liberia 6-12 August at the request of the general secretary of the Liberia Council of Churches, Dr. Benjamin Dorme Lartey [Coordinator of Religions for Peace - West Africa Inter-Religious Councils Coordinating Committee]. Read More >>
Group to Ensure Violence Free Elections in Liberia
1 August, 2011
As Liberia embraces its second post-conflict presidential and legislative elections, many individuals as well as local and international non-governmental organizations are still ambivalent about the future of the country, which fundamentally depends on the conduct and outcome of the pending elections.
A number of local and international organizations under the banner, Early Warning and Early Responses Working Group (EWERWG) have stepped up efforts aimed at identifying critical conflict sensitive issues, although their work is beyond elections.
The group has an active membership of 16 including the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP), the Inter-religious Council of Liberia - Religions for Peace, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNMIL Civil Affairs, Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Liberia Democracy Watch, Ushahidi, Youth Crime Watch and Landmine Action, African Elections Project, amongst others. Read More >>
How one young Kenyan helps heal her divided country
Stellamaris Mulaeh [a Co-President and the International Global Youth Coordinator of Religions for Peace] organizes dialogues and service projects as alternatives to violence.
Kenya's political rivals announced a power-sharing government over the weekend, a move toward ending their battle for control that violently divided the country after a disputed Dec. 27 presidential election.
"While the leaders are singing reconciliation, at the grass-roots level ... if you ask people 'What tribe are you from?' people will not tell you," says Ms. Mulaeh, a Kenyan conflict resolution activist visiting the United States this week as part of a fundraising summit for the Women, Faith, and Development Allianc. Read More >>
Religions for Peace Australia Launches a new Website
Religions for Peace Australia launched a new website, allowing users to explore and learn more about Religions for Peace Australia. Visit the Website >>
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