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World Alliance of Religions Peace

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Greetings from Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (“HWPL”), a peace organization with an international presence spread throughout more than 100 countries. HWPL is proceeding to achieve world peace by co-operating with political, religious, women and youth leaders around the world.

It is with great excitement to write to you in regards to the WARP(World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit) that was held for three days from the 17th to the 19th of September 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. This summit is different from any gatherings in the world. There are all levels of the society from 127countries: Former and current President, Prime Minister, Heads of states, Chief Justices, UN representatives, political and religious, youth and women leaders and the press. Surprisingly, most of them came to South Korea with their own expense with sincere hearts to get advice for solution of peace from the chairman of HWPL.

 

-To watch the highlight video of the WARP summit

http://hwpl.kr/data/video/201411241/

The WARP summit was a small seed of HWPL’s peace movements. After the summit, HWPL has been harvesting the fruits from each field.

Plus, I am much privileged to inform you that we held the 1st and 2nd WARP(World Alliance of Religions’ Peace) Office meeting in Stockholm successfully.

 

 

We are working with political,women, youth leaders and media to achieve world peace.  Moreover, we have put lots of efforts on resolution of religious conflicts and misunderstanding as well with religious leader. As seeing lots of severe religious conflicts and wars in the world, we would like to ask your participation for resolution of religious conflicts.

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[About WARP Office]

 

The main goal of the WARP Office is to find the answers for peace from the holy book of each religion, and the speakers need to prepare their speech based on the scriptures for the topic given. This same topic is discussed by different religious representatives at the WARP Offices around the world and their speech will be collected by the head office of HWPL so that their script could be used to find the common ground of religions and answers for peace. 

 

We have publicized a HWPL World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office Journal which shares the results from the WARP Offices that are being operated throughout the world. In this month’s journal, some of the active WARP Offices were selected and the corresponding speeches from those meetings have been reported. Also, there are the photos of all the WARP Offices that were held during the month of October.

 

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To see inside of Journal on October

http://issuu.com/hwpl/docs/warpofficejournal_november

 

As you can see, good script which is based on the scriptures will be put in the journal to be distributed to all the members of HWPL. Recently, more and more religious leaders around the world are joining to build WARP Office and finding the fundamental teaching from religious scriptures to achieve peace. We strongly believe your efforts would be crucial impact on not only resolving religious conflicts but also leading people to the right way according to its teaching.

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We hope to bring you more upbeat news through the HWPL WARP Office Journal by introducing the results from the active Scripture Dialogues among various religions.

If you may have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Moreover I’d like to suggest skype meeting with you for next WARP Office and find way can achieve peace together.

Please tell me your available time within 11th(Wed)~12th(Thu).

Thank you.

 

 

1st WARP Office and 2nd WARP Office in Stockholm, Sweden

 

 

Sincerely,

Min-woo Kang

Staff Liaison

Mob +82 10- 6600 – 0203

E-mail:gwangju@hwpl.kr

Website:http://hwpl.kr/

WARP website:http://warpsummit2014.org

 

 

Preview YouTube video About WARP Office

About WARP Office

 

Rhythms of One World International Festival – 2016

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The 2016
 
 Rhythms of One World International Festival         
    
  • New York City, USA – June 20 to 26, 2016
  • Geneva, Switzerland – June 27 to July 3, 2016
  • Sydney, Australia – July 3 to 10, 2016
In 2016, come join us in a global celebration commemorating the signing of the UN Charter, “We the Peoples”.
Since 2012, the festival has brought together choral groups from around the world to share, celebrate, and participate in a life-changing music experience.
This year’s festival was held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall  and Lincoln Center in New York City and celebrated the signing of the UN Charter, “We the Peoples”, in honor of its 70th anniversary.
With the festival becoming an international spectacle, choristers and aficionados across the globe highly anticipate the event every year. If you are a music director, a choral, orchestral, band or dance ensemble who share our mission, we’d love to hear from you!
Application deadline: October 16, 2015
To apply, please contact Festival Founder, Yin-Chu Jou at 1-800-526-2908 or yinchu@faf.org.

 

Dorab Mistry OBE Elected to the European Council of Religious Leaders

Members of the European Council of Religious Leaders ECRL met in Frankfurt, Germany between 11th and 13th May 2015, to debate on the future of the inter religious dialogue platform, bringing together European religious leaders from Judaism, Christianity and Islam together with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians.

More than 40 religious leaders who were gathered at this meeting unanimously welcomed ZTFE past President and Honorary Treasurer of the Inter Faith Network for the UK Mr Dorab Mistry OBE, as a Council Member to represent the Zoroastrian Community. Jehangir Sarosh OBE, the former Zoroastrian representative to the Council suspended his membership to take on the position of Secretary General of the Council.

On behalf of the ZTFE Managing Committee and Trustees, I congratulate our Dorab for being elected as Zoroastrian representative to the ECRL and as Religions for Peace International representative. Dorab’s contribution to the interfaith movement in the UK on behalf of the Zoroastrian community has been legendary so this is a natural stepping stone for him to the larger European body. The ZTFE is further delighted that our veteran on inter faith matters Jehangir Sarosh OBE is the Secretary General.

During its Frankfurt meeting, hosted at Frankfurt’s Jesuit university (Philosophisch–Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen), ECRL members discussed an action plan on tackling violent religious extremism. The action plan is intended to be implemented in conjunction with Religions for Peace International, ECRL’s umbrella organization and the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition, bringing together religious leaders and grassroots representatives, academics and activists from more than 100 countries.

“Religion is a sublime ethical and spiritual force that aims to heal human society, provide security and peace among people and ensure human dignity and the rights that flow from it. However, some extremists abuse their religion, distorting its image and using it to achieve non-religious objectives. They project violent images that contradict and violate the essence of their religion”, ECRL moderator Thomas Wipf quoted an important statement recently released in Abu Dhabi, calling violent religious extremism “a plague to the entire world”. Wipf described a multi-religious response to be “a concrete and effective religious demonstration against violent religious extremism”.

Katharina Von Schnurbein, European Commission Adviser for the Dialogue with Churches, Religions and Non-confessional Organisations and equally present at the meeting, stressed that since the Paris attacks, the EU commission has recognized the vital role ECRL will play in the future of a safer Europe. The ECRL welcomed representatives of the Interreligious Youth Forum. They expressed their disappointment that the deadline for achieving the millennium development goals has not been met, and called for a new focus on sustainable goals in the years ahead. ECRL supported their statement addressed to the G 7 Summit in June 2015 in Germany.

More information: contact sarosh@rfp-europe.eu

The European Council of Religious Leaders was founded in Oslo in 2002. ECRL brings together senior representatives of Europe’s historic religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam, together with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians. Together they address concerns affecting the wider community, including poverty, AIDS, interreligious co-existence, disarmament and the environment. ECRL answers to the call for action to promote peace and fruitful coexistence in the midst of an increasingly multi-cultural and multi-religious Europe.

Yours sincerely
Malcolm M Deboo
President

Opportunity for Zoroastrian Youth to attend Paris meeting in December 2015

Dear Friends,

Here is an opportunity for a Zoroastrian Youth to participate in Paris meeting; please see the attachment. The selection will be made from the Interreligious Youth Teach-in, July 23-26 in Hyde Park, NY. As the program participation is limited, candidates are advised to register ASAP. For registration cost, scholarship may be available for the rightly qualified candidate. Travel to/from Hyde Park is the candidate’s responsibility or the local organization may subsidize. For Paris meeting, all expenses will be paid from the grants received by Religion for Peace-USA.

Please publicize this information to your local youth and encourage and support them to attend the event. For any questions/clarifications, please email me. Thanks.

Homi

Homi D. Gandhi
Vice President, FEZANA

homidgandhi@gmail.com

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Religions for Peace

Calling all young Climate Leaders!

We’re facing a climate crisis like never before.  To confront this crisis, young people of all faiths need to be connected with other young faith leaders working on climate.
You can be a part of a new movement, by signing up if you’re a young adult, or sending this email on to any other young people of faith and goodwill wanting to help end our climate crisis.
But wait! A small group of participants of the Teach-in will be sent to Paris, France during the Conference of Parties meetings of the UN in December of 2015. All expenses paid!
Help us pass a strong climate treaty in Paris, by signing up or sending a youth representative to the teach-in.
Thank you for all the work you do to end climate change, to make peace in the world. We’re stronger because of you.
Religions For Peace USA
777 United Nations Plaza, New York City, NY 10017

Science and Religion – Evolution week-end Feb 15th, 2015

Science and Religion –  Science, Story and Scripture:
Living Together with Understanding
Evolution Week-End Feb 15th, 2015
For those unable to participate in person, the entire event will be livestreamed on the internet, so you can organize a local discussion group in your church or private home, and also have the capability to send in questions to the four panelists.
For instructions:
go to www.wesnex.org and register for the event.

 If you have any questions, please get back to us.

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Share some warmth on MLK Jr. Day

Put your gently used business wear to good use
MLK Day clothing drive in support of Friendship Place

The  SGI-USA Washington DC Buddhist Culture Center and the Washington National Cathedral are partnering again this year to help homeless families in our area.
When is it?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 19, 2015

From 8 AM until 2 PM

What should I bring?
We especially need gently used business wear.
  • adult coats
  • clothing appropriate for job interviews
  • other warm clothing
Where do I bring it?
3417 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20007
202-338-5491
Volunteers will gladly unload your car, and donation forms are available.
Clothing will be donated to Friendship Place/Community Council for the Homeless ,and other community agencies. 
  
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Annual Pluralism Project Photo Contest

Harvard University:  Annual Pluralism Project Photo Contest

Dear Friends,
We invite you to participate in our fourth annual Pluralism Project Photo Contest. We are looking for high-resolution digital images that convey the vibrancy of religious diversity and interreligious encounter in the USA. We are particularly interested in images in the following categories:
  • Religious practices and rituals
  • Religious centers, including festivals, center openings, and parades
  • Participation of religious groups in American civic life
  • Interfaith encounter or social action
  • Women’s leadership and participation
  • Emerging leadership within Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities
  • Images of the Atheist/Humanist, Bahá’í, Confucian, Daoist, Jain, Native American, Shintō, Unitarian Universalist, and Zoroastrian communities in the USA

One grand-prize winner will be selected; the winning photographer will receive a $250 cash prize and an extended exposure in the spotlight on our homepage, pluralism.org.

All winning photos may be featured in the online publication, On Common Ground: World Religions in America (pluralism.org/ocg), on the Pluralism Project website, or on the Pluralism Project Facebook Page and Twitter account. The photographer’s name will be cited.
In order to participate, you must:
  • be the photographer of the image
  • grant the Pluralism Project rights to use the image on our website
  • have the permission of those persons in the picture, if applicable
Entries must be submitted via email to contest@pluralism.org by 5 PM on December 31, 2014. Photos should be sent as an attachment. Please put “contest” in the subject line.
In the body of the email, please include:
  • your name and title
  • relationship to the Pluralism Project, if any
  • addresses – mailing and email
  • phone number
  • a brief caption, including location of the image(s), when the image(s) was/were taken, and what is happening (2-3 sentences)
  • a brief statement indicating that you were the photographer, and that you grant the Pluralism Project the rights to use the image(s) on our website, if selected as a finalist. Please also indicate whether the Pluralism Project has permission to showcase the photo(s) on social media to promote the contest and feature winning images. (Click to read more about Facebook’s data use policy and Twitter’s privacy policy.)
Information is also available at: http://pluralism.org/pages/contest

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
2 Arrow Street, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-496-2481
www.pluralism.org
Twittter: @pluralismproj

 

Multifaith Climate Vigils Worldwide on 7 December 2014

Global, Multi-Faith Campaign Grows as World Leaders Meet

As international leaders meet for major climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, religious and spiritual leaders internationally are holding candle and solar-lantern lit vigils, inviting people from diverse backgrounds to show their concern about climate change.
Building on the momentum from September’s People’s Climate March where they mobilized tens of thousands of participants, faith groups are holding vigils in thirteen countries on four continents to pray for progress towards an international climate agreement.
The global series of vigils was launched in Lima on November 30 with a “Green Candle” vigil organized by the Interfaith Council of Peru and #FastForTheClimate and attended by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. A vigil in Sydney, Australia followed on December 2. Many vigils will take place on the eve of December 7.
“We want our leaders to hear the moral imperative for action,” said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith and coordinator of OurVoices.net, the international, multi-faith climate campaign organizing the vigils. “These vigils represent the voices of the human spirit, expressed through our religious and spiritual traditions and through many people’s personal convictions.
Diverse Leaders
Senior leaders from major religious traditions have written prayers specifically for the vigils, with Imam Zaid Shakir (Muslim), His Holiness Radhanath Swami (Hindu), and Archbishops Desmond Tutu and Thabo Makgoba (Christian) each encouraging their followers to pray for world leaders to progress towards a climate deal.
“The vigils show love and concern for our children, vulnerable people and our precious planet,” said Gopal Patel, director of the Bhumi Project, an international Hindu environmental organization that is organizing vigils in India.
Fazlun Khalid, whose Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science is urging Muslims worldwide to recite a du’aa (prayer) on climate change during their December 7 evening prayers, added, “We want our leaders to know they have our support for a meaningful global agreement on climate change.”
Wide-Ranging, Iconic Sites
In addition to the countries previously noted, leaders from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian communities, and people from a variety of spiritual backgrounds, are leading the vigils in countries including Nigeria, Italy, Germany, France, China, Cambodia, and Bangladesh.
Vigils are taking place at a range of iconic sites, including the White House, New York City’s Union Square, the British Prime Minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street, the Sydney Opera House, Tokyo’s Hibiya Park, and Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. At a Jerusalem vigil, Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders will gather at the Jaffa Gate to pray for a climate agreement.
Solar-Lit
In a twist on the religious tradition of candle-lit vigils, many of the vigils in several major cities, including Washington DC, London, Jerusalem, Tokyo, and Sydney, are using solar lamps. For each lamp used in the vigils, two lamps will be delivered to African rural communities by SolarAid, enabling children to study and read after dark. The solar lamps will replace kerosene lanterns that fill poor households with noxious fumes, leading to thousands of deaths annually.
OurVoices.net’s organizers hope that an outpouring of concern from people of diverse faiths around the world can help political leaders reach agreement. “Many people turn to their faith or spirituality for hope in the face of challenge and suffering,” said Ciara Shannon, OurVoices.net Hong Kong-based Asia coordinator. “Our prayers, meditations and expressions of sincere concern can help our leaders find the courage to reach a strong climate treaty.”
Photos from vigils globally are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/128721081@N04/sets/72157649591142205/.
This site will be updated with photos as we receive them. All images are free to use if the appropriate credit is used, which is in the description of each image.
Contact Information:
US – Rev. Fletcher Harper; revfharper@greenfaith.org; 201-390-0094
UK – Tessa Tennant; Tessa.tennant@ourvoices.net
Asia – Ciara Shannon: Ciara.shannon@ourvoices.net
Hindu – Gopal Patel; gopal@bhumiproject.org
Muslim – Fazlun Khalid; fazlun.khalid@ifees.org.uk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 4, 2014
CONTACT: Rev. Fletcher Harper; revfharper@greenfaith.org; 201-390-0094
In Cities Worldwide, Faith Groups Hold #LightForLIMA Climate Vigils

Religion vs individualism: How free is faith?

Whose freedom is superior? That of the individual practising a religion – or that of the religious heads?

In a diverse society like India, the individual’s freedom and the freedom of religion keep clashing all the time. A classic example is the Shah Bano case of the 1980s, where the Supreme Court awarded maintenance to a divorced Muslim wife but the Rajiv Gandhi government piloted legislation through Parliament to defeat the decision on the ground that the ruling conflicted with principles of Islam. In 2011, the Bombay High Court ruled that the trustees of the Bombay Parsee Punchayet were not entitled to prevent any duly-ordained Parsi priest from performing religious rights in properties belonging to the trust.The trustees were merely “keepers of properties“ but had donned the mantle of the “keepers of the faith“, and had desired to prohibit the entry of the priests who did not conform to their view of orthodoxy.The court interpreted the trust deed to show that they were obliged to “suffer“ the usage of these properties by all members of the faith.

There is litigation pending in the Supreme Court that would eventually rule on whether the right to ex-communicate a member from a faith is an integral part of the freedom to practice religion. That would be a classic conflict between the right of an individual to practice a religion and the right of the religious community to prevent him from practicing religion of his choice.

http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31821&articlexml=Religion-vs-individualism-How-free-is-faith-21112014024010

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