Humanitarian Resource Institute
would like to share our appreciation for editorial contributions by
Joel Beversluis (USA,
Multifaith Media and Editor, North American Interfaith Network) and Dr. Ralph Swisher
Director FEMA Community and Family Preparedness Program, Former DOJ,
Association of Scholars).
INTERFAITH PEACE DECLARATION
April 4, 2002, the Humanitarian Resource Institute International Peace
introduced the initial draft of the International Interfaith Peace
the full text and revisions of which appear on the following
Following this act the international interfaith community,
and United Nations leadership has been asked to assist in the
and support of this global initiative.
the pursuit of peace, the respect for life and human dignity is the
objective of the international community,
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,
the war on terrorism has resulted in widespread military intervention
in an attempt to counter further deterioration of international
increased conflicts and the potential use of weapons of mass
that threaten the fabric of civilization itself,
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,
the golden rule, as a foundation for peace, is endorsed by all the
great world religions and is best interpreted as saying: "Treat others
ways that you're willing to be treated in the same exact situation,"
present conflicts call for open dialogue, conflict resolution and
negotiations that will provide a lasting solution for sustainable peace,
MEMBERS AND LEADERS OF RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL COMMUNITIES,
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
measures, national and international, to secure peace and stability.
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.
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.
and representatives of all major and minor religions and spiritual
movements have a responsibility to promote the universal objectives of
Rule Principle as a priority message to provide a substantive
for dialogue and support of diplomatic relations for peace.
objective of conflict resolution, healing and reconciliation is
a vehicle for revitalization of the economic, environmental, political,
social and moral challenges facing our Earth community.
are taken to create an atmosphere where present and future generations
can co-exist with mutual respect and trust to awaken to our deepest
and to manifest love and justice among all life in our Earth community.
spiritual forums for world peace are initiated and supported at the
international, national and local levels.
Humanitarian Resource Institute International Peace Center serves as a
host for the
development of a Forum for World Peace to support the recommendations
this declaration and to engage the international interfaith community,
intergovernmental and United Nations leadership accordingly.
Consensus Text Revision
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