Interfaith Peacebuilding


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Interfaith Programs

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

Nazareth, Jerusalem—In the spirit of Christmas and the New Year, 21 members of the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum visited Nazareth and the Wedding Church in Kafr Kanna. 

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São Paulo, Brazil—UPF representatives were among the faith leaders, politicians, business heads, and supporters of religious freedom who gathered for a dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving, organized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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São Paulo, Brazil—On November 21, 2015, friends and guests of UPF-Brazil gathered at a chapel in the São Bento Monastery for an interfaith prayer and meeting. 

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Lima, Peru—UPF-Peru continued its interfaith work by co-organizing an open air Peace Festival. 

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Rome, Italy—UPF took part in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the papal statement Nostra Aetate on October 28, 2015.

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Jerusalem, Israel—The Levinsky College of Education and UPF held a special class discussion on the role of educators in times of high tension for students in the College’s excellence program.

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Oslo, Norway—UPF-Norway celebrated United Nations Day in partnership with Central Jamaat E Ahle Sunnat, the largest mosque in Oslo.

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Haifa, Israel—More than 20 people gathered for the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum to express their mutual hope for and determination to continue their efforts to promote peace.

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New York, United States—UPF participated in an interfaith program led by Pope Francis at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. 

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Jerusalem, Israel—The Jerusalem Interfaith Forum gathered at the newly-opened Israeli Peace Education Center to discuss and promote educational initiatives. 

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Israel-2015-08-08-Interfaith Forum Visits Terror Victims, Condemns Terrorism

Jerusalem, Israel—Members of the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum visited a boy and his parents who were critically injured in an attack. 

Jerusalem, Israel—On July 31, 2015, Jewish extremists torched a Palestinian house, causing the death of an eighteen-month-old Palestinian baby boy. The baby’s parents and four-year-old brother were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

On August 9, a delegation of 12 leaders of the Druze, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths visited the victims’ family in the hospital. The delegation, which was co-organized by the Department of Religious Communities in Israel’s Interior Ministry and the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum, included several senior members of the Forum: Rabbi Edgar Nof; Dr. Ohr Margalit; Fr. Masud Abu Hatoum; and Sheik Dr. Omar Kayal, national inspector in the department.

A representative of the family met the delegation in the hospital. Journalists were also at the hospital and asked about the four-year-old boy’s condition. Representatives of the delegation, including Rabbi Nof and Dr. Margalit, expressed their support for the family and condemned the act of terrorism. Rabbi Nof said he was conveying his support on behalf of many citizens in Israel, as well as UPF members around the world. Dr. Margalit, who offered condolences on behalf of his community, said that his community is praying for the boy’s recovery.

A report about the visit was published in a local Israeli-Arab newspaper and received many positive responses from readers.

Quito, Ecuador—UPF-Ecuador held events in the cities of Guayaquil and Quito to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace 2017.

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