Interfaith Peacebuilding


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Interfaith Programs

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

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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The Armon Hanatsiv Promenade overlooking the hills and valleys of Jerusalem offered a spectacular setting for the Bridge of Peace ceremony that paired people of different religions, races, and cultures in a commitment of mutual understanding and ongoing relationship on September 12. The Bridge of Peace ceremony, developed by the Women's Federation for World Peace, can be a powerful vehicle for reconciliation.

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A seminar entitled "Forging a Path to Peace: Christian-Muslim Dialogue" took place July 27, 2004, with participants from the USA, Canada, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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New York, USA - "The Interreligious and International Peace Council (IIPC)," said Mrs. Debbie H. Remengesau, First Lady of the Republic of Palau, "can improve existing methods and practices for addressing critical global problems by being the leader in the moral or spiritual conscience in leadership governance." The IIPC was founded on October 3rd in New York City where 304 delegates, including 52 guests from the United Nations-all together representing 149 nations-attended the 4-day Inaugural Assembly with the theme, "Global Governance for a New Realm of Peace."

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In a spirit of understanding, harmony and reconciliation, believers from both families of Judaism and Christianity wish to repent for the dark parts of our past, and seek a bright future together, caring for the plight of all who suffer and long for a better world, participants in the Middle East Peace initiative signed a joint declaration on May 18, 2003.

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Beirut, Lebanon - At roundtable on Religion and Peace in Beirut Feb. 28, 2003, participants from the Middle East, US, Europe and other parts of the world reviewed the role of religion in the search for Middle East peace.

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Excerpts from presentations at a Dec. 20-23, 2001 conference in Jakarta. Participants issued a statement declaring, among other points, that "Dialogue toward harmony and understanding is a Muslim religious responsibility."

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