Interfaith Peacebuilding


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Interfaith Programs

UPF organizes programs that help build understanding, respect and cooperation among people of different faiths.



An International Conference on Interfaith Dialogue towards Global Peace at the Peace Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, unanimously passed a resolution entitled "Brussels Peace Declaration on Religious Coexistence" on December 1, 2007.

Participants discussed the importance of interfaith harmony and conflict resolution to combat extremism, intolerance, hatred, and violence in the name of religion.

The conference was organized by the Universal Peace Federation-Belgium and the Institute of Peace and Development, a European think tank. Both organizations affirmed that they will work together to promote and preserve peace, justice, human rights, equality, genuine brotherhood, and tolerance. Cultivating friendly interactions among people of diverse cultures and religions will help create an environment conducive to building peace and harmony among communities and peoples.

Prominent Pakistani intellectual, Major General (retired) Muhammad Tahir, Director of Welfare Education for the Fauji Foundation of Pakistan, was the keynote speaker and received the Institute of Peace and Development's Peace Award 2007 and a UPF appointment as an Ambassador for Peace. He said that all religions promote a message of peace, harmony, love, and compassion.

He described the basic principles and moral values that govern Islamic nations' dealings with other nations. He said that justice is the inalienable right of all people and that oppressing other people is forbidden, irrespective of their religion, color, or ethnicity.

An International Leadership Conference in Tiberias, Israel, Oct. 29-31, 2007, brought together Druze, Jews, Muslims and Christians. 

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Religious tolerance and peace are the most important things for development, Rev. Sue Eun Ryoo told students from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia during a seminar on June 30, 2007. Students have a key role in disseminating this important message throughout Ethiopia.

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"Collective problems need collective solutions," said H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, in addressing an International Leadership Conference on May 21, 2007

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Governor S. C. Jamir highlighted the importance of interfaith dialogue to promote peace at a UPF conference in Goa April 29, 2007.

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In his Inaugural Address before a standing-room-only crowd at The Goa International Centre, on April 23, the Governor of Goa, Shri S.C. Jamir, emphasized that it was "the duty of every nation and its people to cooperate, support, and strengthen ... to the maximum extent possible" the efforts to create an interreligious council at the United Nations.

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“Your mom threw my mom out of the house,” said a Palestinian youth to a visiting American Jew. In a land where 3,000 years of history are so readily collapsed into one generation, the prospects for improved relationships often seem dismal. Our era needs women peacebuilders who can reopen the doors of locked hearts and homes to welcome the "other."

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UPF and the YMCA teamed up to hold an interfaith conference which addressed the issue of HIV/AIDS from a moral perspective at a Sept. 8, 2006 conference in New Delhi.

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“Halelu,” a 40-minute composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra is a collaborative effort between New York City Symphony music director David Eaton and the prominent Israeli singer/composer, David D'Or. The music was inspired by the efforts of the Middle Peace Initiative (MEPI) and consists of ten movements, several of which are based on the MEPI motto, "Peace, Shalom, Salaam Aleikum," the greetings of peace of the three Abrahamic faiths of Christanity, Judaism and Islam.

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The Shi'ite Passion play, "The Martyrdom of Imam Hussein," a central component of the Iranian-Shi'ite culture, created by Dr. Eldad J. Pardo, a specialist on Iranian culture, and the poet Shelley Elkayam, premiered in Israel May 29, 2006.

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Many prominent Muslims have spoken about their vision for peace at seminars and conferences sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation and its predecessor organization, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. We offer this collection of excerpts from their essays and remarks in the hopes that it can expand the horizons and promote synergy on the road to peace. Additional contributions on these themes are welcome.

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The eleventh annual “All Religions Seminar for World Peace” was convened on March 20, 2005, at an ashram just outside the state of Goa, India

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