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The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace centered on universal spiritual and moral values.

To reach peace, teach peace.
John Paul II

Pillar - Interfaith

Jerusalem Interfaith Forum: Hosting Ishmael in the Rabbi's Sukkah
By Dr. Nurit Hirschfeld, Director, Jerusalem Office for Interfaith and Cooperation among Religions  
Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Mevaseret-Zion, Israel - On Sept. 24, 2013, during the Jewish holy day of Sukkot, Rabbi Yaakov Luft invited the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum to take place in his Sukkah, or tabernacle. Under the roof of bamboo and palm fronds, with a view of Jerusalem and the Judean hills – even the raindrops were accepted as God's blessing and didn't disturb the warm and flowing conversation among the guests: Jews, Muslims and Druze; religious leaders, scholars and peace activists.

Day of Peace Observed at an Interfaith Forum in Haifa
By UPF - Israel  
Saturday, 21 September 2013

Haifa, Israel - The UN International Day of Peace was commemorated in Israel by UPF with a conference on September 21 organized in cooperation with the Jewish-Arab Center at Haifa University. The title of the conference was: "The Role of Interfaith Activity in Educating People for Peace."

Day of Peace Observed at a Forum in Taipei
By UPF - Taiwan  
Saturday, 07 September 2013

Taipei, Taiwan - UPF-Taiwan organized an interreligious forum on the theme of "Education for Peace" on September 7 in commemoration of the International Day of Peace.

Interreligious Council Launched in Colombia
By Rabbi Richard Gamboa Ben-Eleazar, Manhig of Shéggel, Colombia  
Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Bogota, Colombia - Leaders of diverse churches, faiths, and spiritual traditions met at the Auditorium of the American School of Bogota on September 4 to establish the Colombian Assembly of Religions and Spiritual Traditions.

Forum in Oslo Explores Thoughts about God in Different Religions
By Steinar Murud, UPF-Norway  
Thursday, 29 August 2013

Oslo, Norway - A couple of years ago UPF-Norway organized a conference called My Faith, in which representatives of different faiths talked about how their faith could contribute to peace. Following up on this, a forum took place on August 29 at the largest mosque in Oslo in which five speakers presented their thoughts about God from their religious conviction.

Interfaith Seminar on Africa's Contribution to Global Consciousness
By UPF - Southern Africa  
Sunday, 18 August 2013

Johannesburg, South Africa - An interfaith seminar organized by the International Sufi School on August 17 and 18 on the theme: “Non-Violence Across the World: Africa’s Contribution to the Dawn of a New Consciousness for Humanity,” took place at the African Leadership Academy, Honeydew, Johannesburg. One of the presenters was Rev. Jean Augustin Ghomsi, Secretary General of UPF-Southern Africa.

Jerusalem Interfaith Forum: Why Does the Human Heart Yearn for the Messiah?
By Dr. Nurit Hirschfeld, Director, Jerusalem Office for Interfaith and Cooperation among Religions  
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Kibbutz Ein Tzurim, Israel - On the morning of Aug. 14, 2013, an interfaith forum of 12 academic scholars, religious leaders and peace activists took place at the Yaacov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies founded by the Religious Kibbutz Movement. The subject of the meeting was: “The role of the Messiah – what is the purpose of his coming, and why does the human heart yearn for him?”

In Amsterdam, Demonstrating that Friendships Between Religions Are Possible
By UPF - Netherlands  
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Amsterdam, Netherlands - Dressed in kimono from her native Japan, Mihoko Ikeya Koetsier, Women's Federation for World Peace activist, opened a program on the UN International Day of Friendship, July 30, by welcoming everyone to the Dialogue Center in Amsterdam. Drs. Ari van Buuren, Chairman of United Religions Initiative-Netherlands, spoke on “My Interfaith Experiences and the Fight of Jacob with the Angel,” telling stories of his pastoral, family, and personal experiences of the challenge to respect people of all religious convictions.

Macau Forum on Interfaith Cooperation
By Wang Zhijun, UPF-Macao  
Saturday, 20 July 2013

Macau, China - UPF's first interfaith forum in Macau, China on July 20 assembled 60 people representing a diversity of faiths from Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China as well as Korea, Portugal, Japan, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Uganda, the Philippines, and Brazil.

Jerusalem Interfaith Forum: Good and Evil: The External and Internal Struggle
By UPF - Israel  
Thursday, 27 June 2013

Jerusalem, Israel - On the morning of June 27, an interfaith forum of 21 academic scholars, religious leaders, and peace activists took place at the Seminar Room in the Department for Jewish Philosophy of Bar-Ilan University.The subject of this meeting was: the Internal and External Struggle between Good and Evil.

'Within the Eye of the Storm' - Rami and Bassam's Journey
By UPF - UK  
Tuesday, 18 June 2013

London, UK - "Within the Eye of the Storm," the award-winning documentary of Rami and Bassam's painful journey from being enemies as an Israeli and a Palestinian whose daughters were tragically killed in different violent incidents, was shown in the House of Commons on June 18. Through the Bereaved Family Forum / Parent's Circle, they came to the point of grieving together while campaigning for peace to try to prevent future victims from "paying the price of the conflict." Mr. Virendra Sharma MP, who hosted the screening, said it was so moving he could not leave.

Reporting in Amman on the MEPI Conference
By Fusayo Irikura, UPF - Jordan  
Monday, 20 May 2013

Amman, Jordan - A program on "Intercultural Dialogue in Cooperation for Peace" took place in Amman on May 20, featuring several speakers at the UPF conference on the "Jerusalem Declaration" for interfaith cooperation three days earlier.

Clergy March for Peace in Old Jerusalem
By Doug Burton, MEPI News Team  
Saturday, 18 May 2013

Jerusalem, Israel - The Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI) pilgrims spent their last full day in the Holy Land marching arm in arm through the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem chanting, “Peace, Shalom, Salaam Alaikum. Let’s Bring Peace to the Middle East!” About 200 people gathered at the Jaffa Gate on the west side of the Old City of Jerusalem on the morning of May 18. Archbishop George A. Stallings, chairman of the American Clergy Leadership Conference, prayed before the departure.

MEPI Interfaith Efforts Lauded by Religious, Civic Leaders in Jerusalem
By Doug Burton, MEPI News Team  
Friday, 17 May 2013

Jerusalem, Israel - Israeli rabbis, civic leaders, and leaders of the Christian, Jewish, and Druze communities gave high praise to the Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI) efforts at a banquet in Jerusalem on May 17, 2013.

Interfaith Pilgrims Visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem
By Doug Burton, MEPI News Team  
Thursday, 16 May 2013

Jerusalem, Israel - The Americans and Europeans who came to Jerusalem for a Middle East Peace Initiative trip commemorating the tenth anniversary of the "Jerusalem Declaration" for interfaith cooperation began their day on May 16 with prayer and testimonies at 6:00 a.m. Imam Regillio Frank Haselhoef of the Netherlands told the group of his thoughts on the previous day: “As we sailed on the Sea of Galilee, I understood our true reality. All humanity is on the same boat; therefore, we have a common responsibility.”


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