This paper was written and presented by Rev Dr Thomas Wipf – President European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) and presented at the 10th World Assembly Religions for Peace International Lindau Germany, August 20th 2019.
Amidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on 12 September 2019 launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence around the globe”. The plan outlines a wide array of recommendations, such as for the UN to develop a global communications campaign to foster mutual respect and understanding; for States to create multi-disciplinary national plans anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to prevent violent extremism; and for religious leaders to regularly engage in interfaith dialogue.
The 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace was held last month at in Lindau, Germany on Lake Constance. This was a large and diverse gathering, 900 participants from 125 countries, thoroughly prepared and organized around the theme “Caring for our Common Future – Advancing Shared Well-Being.” The outcomes are reflected in a Declaration which highlights the broad issues discussed, and focuses on several “action points,” effectively a study agenda for interfaith students and activists everywhere. The Declaration acknowledges that “we are experiencing what we call a ‘meta-crisis’ of our modern order,” and the balance of the document unpacks how, together, we need to respond.
H.E. Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies based in Abu-Dhabi, Gave one address wherein he shared, “The destinies of nations are intertwined with one another: there is no future for some of us, if we do not care for the future of all. Such is the nature of the age in which we live. All of humankind is on one ship.”
We – 900 women, men, and youth – have gathered in Lindau, Germany, coming from 125 countries for the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace. We are grateful for 49 years of determined focus on building peace and on speaking for those most in need.
22 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany Prof. Azza Karam was joyously affirmed by acclamation as the new Secretary General of Religions for Peace on 21 August 2019 at a business meeting during the 10th World Assembly. She will proceed Dr. William F. Vendley, who has served RfP as Secretary General for 27 years.
(21 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany) Religions for Peace hosted a historic special session “MENA Women as Peacemakers” to highlight the crucial and irreplaceable role of women as agents of change and peace across the globe, with a specific focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. With religious identity becoming a de facto fault line for both intra-national and cross-border hostilities, this new coalition brought together women of faith leaders from Sunni, Shia, Christian, Jewish and other traditions to serve as a high-level multi-religious mechanism for advocacy and action to resolve conflict, advance sustainable development and protect the environment in the region and internationally. The same cohort travelled to Amman, Jordan earlier this month symbolic common action before its official launch at the RfP 10th World Assembly. The delegation met with Syrian refugees and members of the host communities in the city of Zarqa to show their solidarity and support and their multi-religious commitment to action for the common good.
(20 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany) The Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly, in partnership with Ring for Peace and generously supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and Bavarian State Ministry, formally commenced this morning with an opening address offered by German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and a multi-religious prayer lead by children of faith from across the globe.
(19 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany) Religions for Peace (RfP) affirms that all human beings are equal in dignity and rights and recognizes that women and youth religious leaders are irreplaceable and co-equal partners in peacebuilding. Women of faith have been involved in RfP since its earliest beginnings at the first World Conference held in Kyoto Japan in 1970, when a women’s caucus was formed and recognized by the RfP governing body.
The 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace is convening in Lindau, Germany, this week. The multi-religious gathering is being organised from 20-23 August in partnership with the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society.