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In Memoriam: Joel Beversluis: An interfaith leader in North America, Joel Beversluis was instrumental in review of the text revision of the International Interfaith Peace Declaration as well as widespread interfaith initiatives world wide.  Provided by Diana L. Eck, Director, The Pluralism Project.


Photo Credit: (DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images) : 21 Photos Seven years since -- looking back and forward on 9/11: Bloston Globe

Following September 11, the deterioration of peace negotiations, escalation of violence in the Middle East and challenges associated with the global war against terrorism, the International Interfaith Peace Declaration was drafted by Stephen M. Apatow, President and Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute.  In conjunction with the release of this document, leaders from the interfaith community, intergovernmental/non-governmental organizations, United Nations programs and members of the international community are being asked to endorse this initiative as a contribution to the work of peacemaking and nonviolence.

Click here to view the global communication initiative coordinated through the HRI: International Disaster Information Network (IDIN).
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Humanitarian Resource Institute would like to share our appreciation for editorial contributions by Joel Beversluis (USA, CoNexus Multifaith Media and Editor, North American Interfaith Network) and Dr. Ralph Swisher (Consultancy: Director FEMA Community and Family Preparedness Program, Former DOJ, National Association of Scholars).

INTERNATIONAL INTERFAITH PEACE DECLARATION

On April 4, 2002, the Humanitarian Resource Institute International Peace Center introduced the initial draft of the International Interfaith Peace Declaration, the full text and revisions of which appear on the following pages.  Following this act the international interfaith community, intergovernmental and United Nations leadership has been asked to assist in the development and support of this global initiative.

PREAMBLE

Whereas the pursuit of peace, the respect for life and human dignity is the objective of the international community,

Whereas the escalation of systemic hatred, anger, animosity and the motive for revenge has resulted in widespread destruction in the name of religion, in direct contradiction to the highest aspirations of the common people,

Whereas the war on terrorism has resulted in widespread military intervention in an attempt to counter further deterioration of international stability, increased conflicts and the potential use of weapons of mass destruction that threaten the fabric of civilization itself,

Whereas it is essential that peace efforts move beyond military interventions and diplomatic relations to a new level of intercultural-interfaith dialogue and cooperation to achieve a consensus for peace on the grass roots level within the borders of every nation,

Whereas the golden rule, as a foundation for peace, is endorsed by all the great world religions and is best interpreted as saying: "Treat others only in ways that you're willing to be treated in the same exact situation,"

Whereas present conflicts call for open dialogue, conflict resolution and negotiations that will provide a lasting solution for sustainable peace,

Now, Therefore,

WE, MEMBERS AND LEADERS OF RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL COMMUNITIES,

proclaim,

THIS INTERNATIONAL INTERFAITH PEACE DECLARATION is a common standard for all peoples and nations, to the end that every individual and organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote interfaith cooperation and support of progressive measures, national and international, to secure peace and stability.

Article 1.

All human beings are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of solidarity pursuing peace and justice for all living beings.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth by the United Nations without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Article 3.

Leaders and representatives of all major and minor religions and spiritual movements have a responsibility to promote the universal objectives of the Golden Rule Principle as a priority message to provide a substantive foundation for dialogue and support of diplomatic relations for peace.

Article 4.

The objective of  conflict resolution, healing and reconciliation is pursued as a vehicle for revitalization of the economic, environmental, political, social and moral challenges facing our Earth community.

Article 5.

Measures are taken to create an atmosphere where present and future generations can co-exist with mutual respect and trust to awaken to our deepest truths, and to manifest love and justice among all life in our Earth community.

Article 6.

Functioning spiritual forums for world peace are initiated and supported at the international, national and local levels.

Article 7.

The Humanitarian Resource Institute International Peace Center serves as a host for the development of a Forum for World Peace to support the recommendations of this declaration and to engage the international interfaith community, intergovernmental and United Nations leadership accordingly.
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10.4.2002: Consensus Text Revision


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