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Religion and Peace
Religion and Peace New Testament statements The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth Principal Teachings of Christianity and...
Peace is not an absence of the  darkness of  war... It is the presence of the light of hope
‘ War as a method of settling international disputes is incompatible with the teaching and example of Our Lord Jesus Chris...
The illuminated path to peace... <ul><li>And there was light!  Genesis 1  </li></ul><ul><li>God is Light, and in God there...
Religion and Peace New Testament statements: Colossians 3: 12-16
Religion and Peace New Testament statements The Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-10 Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be c...
<ul><li>The Spirit of the Lord is </li></ul><ul><li>upon me, </li></ul><ul><li>for God has anointed me. </li></ul><ul><li>...
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’   Matthew 5:9
<ul><li>Whoever claims to be in light </li></ul><ul><li>but hates his brother </li></ul><ul><li>is still in darkness. </li...
<ul><li>Describe and explain  the understanding of peace reflected in the deeds and words of Jesus.  In your answer, refer...
Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth <ul><li>“ Nations will make their swords into ploughs.  Nations...
Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth 'What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowman. That is the ...
‘ The Lord has told you what is good. What is required of you is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to l...
‘ And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword ag...
The Ultimate Deliverer of peace is God: the God of infinite loving kindness Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Pe...
Made in God’s image the people are called to walk in God’s way: to fulfill the halachah. A person who does this at all tim...
The Priestly Blessing Numbers 6:22-27 <ul><li>And the Lord (YHWH) spoke to Moses saying: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Speak to Aaro...
Peace promoting organisations <ul><li>Find the names and websites for Christian and Jewish organisations which promote pea...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Justice ~ the Foundation of Peace   </li></ul><ul><li>Peace ...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings:  Christianity <ul><li>Justice ~ the Foundation of Peace </li></ul><ul><li>Between...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>“ Christ came to bring peace ...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Peace is “not only to enjoy but to do”:  </li></ul><ul><li>D...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Pax Christi: “ Peace  I leave with you; my peace I give to y...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Pax Christi:  </li></ul><ul><li>a way of life: read Acts 7:2...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>For Christians, peace is not merely a fanciful idea or a ple...
Jesus said: ‘Love one another’ It’s as simple and as challenging as that!
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Abraham was instructed by God to </li></ul><ul><li>“ Keep the way...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>The  Torah teaches a Jew not to bear a grudge and to “love your n...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Moses instructed his people to follow the Torah and thus become “...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Thus to achieve peace one must practise gemilut chasidim: deeds o...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Gemilut chasidim becomes a charter for social action. </li></ul><...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>To act “for the sake of peace” is a common epithet in Judaism. </...
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Justice ~ The Call of the Prophets </li></ul><ul><li>Amos:  the G...
Religion and Peace
Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism   “ Thou shalt not kill” Exodus 20:13
Peace Expressed in Sacred Texts
Investigate and record from the Christian Scriptures [the Gospels, the writings of Paul]  and the Hebrew Scriptures, passa...
World Religions and  Peace for the Individual...
Christianity – ‘Life to the full’  Jn 10:10   <ul><li>‘ I came in revolt against the meaningless confusion of life in whic...
<ul><li>‘ To know God and be known by him is a joy that transcends all our circumstances – it is not determined by the con...
Religion and Peace New Testament statements: The individual Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the wor...
Religion and Peace New Testament statements: The individual I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace.  In th...
Religion and Peace The individual: inner peace through  Daily prayer: Our Father Bible reading: lectio divina Reading of d...
Religion and Peace The individual: inner peace through  Joining reflection, discussion retreat groups Nurturing the soul t...
‘ He who meditates over words of Torah finds ever new meanings in them’   Rabbi Shlomo ben Yitzchaki   <ul><li>‘ Torah stu...
Encountering  Ein Sof ~  The God of the Kabbalah <ul><li>‘ The essence of serving God and of all the mitzvot is to attain ...
With reference to specific examples, demonstrate how two religious traditoins assist their adherents to achieve inner peace
Religions and World Peace
Religion and Peace New Testament statements: The world Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world.  I have ...
Religion and Peace New Testament statements: The world Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No I tell you...
 
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Decade to Overcome Violence [DOV]: Churches seeking Reconciliation and Peace </li></ul><ul><li>...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Decade to Overcome Violence [DOV]: </li></ul><ul><li>Taken up by the National Council of Church...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Decade to Overcome Violence [DOV]:NCCA </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing the causes of Violence thro...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Catholic Justice and Peace Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to work for justice  </li></ul><ul...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Pope’s Encyclical Pacem in Terris: Peace on Earth </li></ul><ul><li>11 April,1963, </li></ul><u...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Taize, south of Burgundy, France  </li></ul><ul><li>An ecumenical community  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace, </li></ul><ul><li>1 January 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>… It ...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace, </li></ul><ul><li>1 January 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>… hum...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace, </li></ul><ul><li>1 January 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>… Let...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>The Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews, formed in 2003 committed to p...
Peace Child Israel An initiative to unite Arab and Israeli  young people to build a future full of peace
Heart to Heart for Peace A Multi-faith Pilgrimage ~ 2004
Journey of Promise NCCA Sponsored Youth Program ~ 2004
International Day of Innocent Children  Who Are Victims of Aggression
World Conference on Religion and Peace <ul><li>The World Conference on Religion and Peace is a multi-religious congress th...
World Conference on Religion and Peace <ul><li>Muslim and Christian religious leaders unite to reflect on the impact of in...
Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam – Oasis of Peace
Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam – Oasis of Peace In 1972, on a barren hill, halfway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem began an e...
Imams and Rabbis for Peace <ul><li>The First World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace took place in Brussels on Jan 3-...
Imams and Rabbis for Peace <ul><li>The Congress was born after a reconciliation handshake between an Imam and a Rabbi duri...
Imams and Rabbis for Peace <ul><li>The  three day Second World Congress “Imams and Rabbis for Peace” was held in Seville ,...
Religion and Peace <ul><li>Australian Jewish Democratic Society </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes a pluralistic Jewish society </...
Religion and Peace: The Gathering of Religious Leaders Assisi ~ 2002 <ul><li>More than 250 religious leaders attended  </l...
Religion and Peace: Believing Women for a Culture of Peace <ul><li>Founded in Brisbane in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to b...
There is no path to peace; peace is the path.
The Peace Prayer of St Francis ~ an interpretation for the modern world
  Creator God, give us awareness of the massive forces threatening our world.   Where there is armed conflict, let us stre...
Where there is poverty, let there be dignity and constant  striving for justice. Where there is selfish ambition,  let the...
Where there are wounds of division, let there be unity and wholeness. Help us to be committed to the  building of the King...
For it is only in loving imitation  of You, O Lord, that we can discover  the healing springs of Life to bring about New B...
Muslim, Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace   O God, you are the source of life and peace. Praised be your name forever. We ...
Muslim, Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace Muslims, Jews and Christians remember, and profoundly affirm, That they are foll...
Muslim, Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace Enemies begin to speak to one another; Those who are estranged join hands in fri...
Muslim, Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace Give to us: Understanding that puts an end to strife; Mercy that quenches hatred...
Evaluate the contribution of two religious traditions to world peace.  In your answer incorporate relevant examples to ill...
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Religion And Peace

  1. 1. Religion and Peace
  2. 2. Religion and Peace New Testament statements The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth Principal Teachings of Christianity and Judaism How 2 traditions guide the individual in achieving inner peace How 2 traditions contribute to world peace
  3. 3. Peace is not an absence of the darkness of war... It is the presence of the light of hope
  4. 4. ‘ War as a method of settling international disputes is incompatible with the teaching and example of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops
  5. 5. The illuminated path to peace... <ul><li>And there was light! Genesis 1 </li></ul><ul><li>God is Light, and in God there is no darkness at all. 1John 1:5 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Religion and Peace New Testament statements: Colossians 3: 12-16
  7. 7. Religion and Peace New Testament statements The Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-10 Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Be at peace with one another: Mark 9:50
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Spirit of the Lord is </li></ul><ul><li>upon me, </li></ul><ul><li>for God has anointed me. </li></ul><ul><li>He has sent me to bring </li></ul><ul><li>good news to the poor, </li></ul><ul><li>to proclaim liberty </li></ul><ul><li>to captives </li></ul><ul><li>new sight to the blind </li></ul><ul><li>and freedom to prisoners. </li></ul><ul><li>To announce a year of favour from the Lord.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 4:18-19 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ Matthew 5:9
  10. 10. <ul><li>Whoever claims to be in light </li></ul><ul><li>but hates his brother </li></ul><ul><li>is still in darkness. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone who loves his brother </li></ul><ul><li>remains in light. </li></ul><ul><li>Whoever hates his brother </li></ul><ul><li>is walking about in darkness </li></ul><ul><li>not knowing where he is going, </li></ul><ul><li>because darkness has blinded him. </li></ul><ul><li>1 John 2:10-11 </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Describe and explain the understanding of peace reflected in the deeds and words of Jesus. In your answer, refer to how Jesus brings peace to Christians and the world. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth <ul><li>“ Nations will make their swords into ploughs. Nations will no longer fight other nations, they will not even train for war any more.” </li></ul><ul><li>Micah, 8 th Century BCE prophet </li></ul>
  13. 13. Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth 'What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowman. That is the law: all the rest is commentary.' Talmud, Shabbat 31a
  14. 14. ‘ The Lord has told you what is good. What is required of you is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God’ Micah 6:8 Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth
  15. 15. ‘ And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.’ Isaiah 2:4 Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth
  16. 16. The Ultimate Deliverer of peace is God: the God of infinite loving kindness Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth
  17. 17. Made in God’s image the people are called to walk in God’s way: to fulfill the halachah. A person who does this at all times is considered a Chasid: a saintly person. Religion and Peace: The Prophetic Vision of Peace on Earth
  18. 18. The Priestly Blessing Numbers 6:22-27 <ul><li>And the Lord (YHWH) spoke to Moses saying: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘This shall you bless </li></ul><ul><li>the children of Israel.’ Say to them: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ May the Lord bless you and protect you. </li></ul><ul><li>May the Lord shine His face upon you and be gracious to you. </li></ul><ul><li>May the Lord lift up His face upon you and give you peace.’ </li></ul><ul><li>And so call down My name upon the children of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>and I will bless them.” </li></ul>
  19. 19. Peace promoting organisations <ul><li>Find the names and websites for Christian and Jewish organisations which promote peace. Write a 50 word summary about 4 of these organisations. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Justice ~ the Foundation of Peace </li></ul><ul><li>Peace ... is rightly and appropriately called &quot;an enterprise of justice &quot; (Is 32:7). Peace results from that harmony built into human society by its divine founder, and actualized by people as they thirst after ever greater justice. </li></ul><ul><li>Gaudiem et spes, n 78 </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Justice ~ the Foundation of Peace </li></ul><ul><li>Between January and March 2003 John Paul II issued 137 documents against invading Iraq. He sent a cardinal to plead with Bush not to attack and another to Baghdad to press Saddam Hussein to cooperate with UN weapons inspectors . </li></ul>
  22. 22. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>“ Christ came to bring peace to all, but not peace based on injustice. In such cases, Christ himself proclaimed he had come to bring strife and a sword” </li></ul><ul><li>Archbishop Helder Camara of Brazil </li></ul>
  23. 23. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Peace is “not only to enjoy but to do”: </li></ul><ul><li>Dietrich Bonhoffer [1906-1945] </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, peacemaking </li></ul><ul><li>[incorporating justice, </li></ul><ul><li>forgiveness and reconciliation] are at the centre of the Christian teachings on peace. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Pax Christi: “ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” [John 14:27] </li></ul><ul><li>Christ implies that real peace comes from God. This implies the importance of peace of mind, of peace of soul of peace of heart. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>Pax Christi: </li></ul><ul><li>a way of life: read Acts 7:26;9:31; 15:33 </li></ul><ul><li>A matter of the heart: Read Rom 12:14, 17, 21 </li></ul><ul><li>Reverence for life Read James 4:1-2 </li></ul><ul><li>Role of saintly models: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Mahatma Gandhi </li></ul><ul><li>Non-violent action: resist injustice through dialogue, negotiations, boycotts, civil disobedience </li></ul>
  26. 26. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Christianity <ul><li>For Christians, peace is not merely a fanciful idea or a pleasant state of mind, it is an active commitment to, engagement with and transformation of the world based on Jesus’ teachings </li></ul>
  27. 27. Jesus said: ‘Love one another’ It’s as simple and as challenging as that!
  28. 28. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Abraham was instructed by God to </li></ul><ul><li>“ Keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.” Genesis 18:19 </li></ul>
  29. 29. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>The Torah teaches a Jew not to bear a grudge and to “love your neighbour as yourself” Lev. 19:18 </li></ul>
  30. 30. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Moses instructed his people to follow the Torah and thus become “ a wise and discerning people”. Deut. 4:6 </li></ul>
  31. 31. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Thus to achieve peace one must practise gemilut chasidim: deeds of loving kindness </li></ul><ul><li>“ Upon three things the world stands: The Torah; the worship of God; the bestowal of loving kindness.” </li></ul><ul><li>Simon the Just, Pirkei Avot 1:2 </li></ul>
  32. 32. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Gemilut chasidim becomes a charter for social action. </li></ul><ul><li>It also means praying for the sick and unfortunate, giving good advice, working for reconciliation between estranged parties. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>To act “for the sake of peace” is a common epithet in Judaism. </li></ul><ul><li>The ordinary Jewish greeting “Shalom” is a prayer for peace </li></ul>
  34. 34. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism <ul><li>Justice ~ The Call of the Prophets </li></ul><ul><li>Amos: the God of saving justice. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosea: the God of love. </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah: the God of holiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Jeremiah: the God of hope and the new covenant . </li></ul>
  35. 35. Religion and Peace
  36. 36. Religion and Peace: Principal Teachings: Judaism “ Thou shalt not kill” Exodus 20:13
  37. 37. Peace Expressed in Sacred Texts
  38. 38. Investigate and record from the Christian Scriptures [the Gospels, the writings of Paul] and the Hebrew Scriptures, passages that refer to Peace. In your answer refer to the Jewish concept o f Shalom and the link between peace, suffering and discipleship in the four Gospels.
  39. 39. World Religions and Peace for the Individual...
  40. 40. Christianity – ‘Life to the full’ Jn 10:10 <ul><li>‘ I came in revolt against the meaningless confusion of life in which there was so much activity, so much movement, so much useless talk, so much superficial and needless stimulation that I forgot who I was.’ Thomas Merton </li></ul>
  41. 41. <ul><li>‘ To know God and be known by him is a joy that transcends all our circumstances – it is not determined by the context we are in and it comes from knowing true forgiveness for selfishness... Things might be going well or badly, the joy I have is connected to my relationship with God, and that remains a constant. </li></ul><ul><li>Nic Gilmore </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Surfers Australia </li></ul>
  42. 42. Religion and Peace New Testament statements: The individual Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid: John 14.27
  43. 43. Religion and Peace New Testament statements: The individual I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world: John 16.33
  44. 44. Religion and Peace The individual: inner peace through Daily prayer: Our Father Bible reading: lectio divina Reading of devotional literature Prayer before an icon Cultivation of virtues: mercy and compassion The Beatitudes
  45. 45. Religion and Peace The individual: inner peace through Joining reflection, discussion retreat groups Nurturing the soul through sacramental liturgy and worship: Penance, Eucharist Joining web-based discussion groups Taking part in peace reallies and demonstartions, Signing petitions for peace
  46. 46. ‘ He who meditates over words of Torah finds ever new meanings in them’ Rabbi Shlomo ben Yitzchaki <ul><li>‘ Torah study is a way of coming upon the presence of God... </li></ul><ul><li>Genuine reverence for the sanctity of study is called for – indeed, the school is a sanctuary not a factory’ </li></ul><ul><li>Rabbi Heschel </li></ul>
  47. 47. Encountering Ein Sof ~ The God of the Kabbalah <ul><li>‘ The essence of serving God and of all the mitzvot is to attain the state of humility, that is, </li></ul><ul><li>to understand that all your physical and mental powers and your essential elements depend on the divine elements within. </li></ul><ul><li>Zohar the Book of Enlightenment </li></ul>
  48. 48. With reference to specific examples, demonstrate how two religious traditoins assist their adherents to achieve inner peace
  49. 49. Religions and World Peace
  50. 50. Religion and Peace New Testament statements: The world Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father… Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. …Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. …Those who find their life will lose it and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10: 34-40
  51. 51. Religion and Peace New Testament statements: The world Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No I tell you, but rather division.” Luke 12.51
  52. 53. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Decade to Overcome Violence [DOV]: Churches seeking Reconciliation and Peace </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in 2001 by the World Council of Churches </li></ul>
  53. 54. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Decade to Overcome Violence [DOV]: </li></ul><ul><li>Taken up by the National Council of Churches in Australia </li></ul>
  54. 55. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Decade to Overcome Violence [DOV]:NCCA </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing the causes of Violence through these themes: </li></ul><ul><li>Truth: rethinking and imagining new ways of peace </li></ul><ul><li>Mercy: spreading forgiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Community: valuing diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Reconciliation </li></ul>
  55. 56. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Catholic Justice and Peace Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to work for justice </li></ul><ul><li>conducts research, analysis and action on justice and peace issues </li></ul><ul><li>Initiates local social jsutice groups </li></ul>
  56. 57. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Pope’s Encyclical Pacem in Terris: Peace on Earth </li></ul><ul><li>11 April,1963, </li></ul><ul><li>“ The world will not be at peace until peace has found a home in the heart of every person.” </li></ul><ul><li>This calls us to work for peace by first establishing peace within ourselves and our surroundings </li></ul>Pope John XXIII
  57. 58. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Taize, south of Burgundy, France </li></ul><ul><li>An ecumenical community </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1940 by Presbyterian Br. Roger Shutz </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated to bringing peace, reconciliation and kindness especially to the suffering and poor </li></ul>Br. Roger Shutz 12 May 1915-16 August 2005
  58. 59. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace, </li></ul><ul><li>1 January 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>… It becomes more and more evident that there is an inseparable link between peace with creation and peace among men. </li></ul><ul><li>Both of these presuppose peace with God. </li></ul>Pope Benedict XVI
  59. 60. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace, </li></ul><ul><li>1 January 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>… humanity, if it truly desires peace, must be increasingly conscious of the links between natural ecology, or respect for nature and human ecology… </li></ul>Pope Benedict XVI
  60. 61. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace, </li></ul><ul><li>1 January 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>… Let every Christian be committed to tireless peace-making and strenuous defence of the dignity of the human person and his inalienable rights… </li></ul>Pope Benedict XVI
  61. 62. Religion and Peace <ul><li>The Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews, formed in 2003 committed to peace and well-being of all Australians: </li></ul><ul><li>“ We call on all Australians to make positive choices for peace.” </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by the Federal Government’s “Living in Harmony” initiative. </li></ul>
  62. 63. Peace Child Israel An initiative to unite Arab and Israeli young people to build a future full of peace
  63. 64. Heart to Heart for Peace A Multi-faith Pilgrimage ~ 2004
  64. 65. Journey of Promise NCCA Sponsored Youth Program ~ 2004
  65. 66. International Day of Innocent Children Who Are Victims of Aggression
  66. 67. World Conference on Religion and Peace <ul><li>The World Conference on Religion and Peace is a multi-religious congress that was first convened in Kyoto in 1970. </li></ul>
  67. 68. World Conference on Religion and Peace <ul><li>Muslim and Christian religious leaders unite to reflect on the impact of invasion on Iraqi families. </li></ul><ul><li>This meeting was organised by the World Conference on Religion and Peace in Amman – 29/5/03. </li></ul>
  68. 69. Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam – Oasis of Peace
  69. 70. Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam – Oasis of Peace In 1972, on a barren hill, halfway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem began an experiment in peaceful co-existence between Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens
  70. 71. Imams and Rabbis for Peace <ul><li>The First World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace took place in Brussels on Jan 3-6, 2005. </li></ul>
  71. 72. Imams and Rabbis for Peace <ul><li>The Congress was born after a reconciliation handshake between an Imam and a Rabbi during a meeting in Caux, Switzerland in April, 2003 </li></ul>
  72. 73. Imams and Rabbis for Peace <ul><li>The three day Second World Congress “Imams and Rabbis for Peace” was held in Seville , Spain in January 2006 </li></ul>
  73. 74. Religion and Peace <ul><li>Australian Jewish Democratic Society </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes a pluralistic Jewish society </li></ul><ul><li>The traditional concept of Tikkun Olam: heal, repair and transform the world </li></ul><ul><li>A unique Jewish approach to issues of peace and social reform </li></ul>
  74. 75. Religion and Peace: The Gathering of Religious Leaders Assisi ~ 2002 <ul><li>More than 250 religious leaders attended </li></ul><ul><li>the meeting which culminated in the </li></ul><ul><li>World Religions Commitment to Peace </li></ul>
  75. 76. Religion and Peace: Believing Women for a Culture of Peace <ul><li>Founded in Brisbane in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to build alliances to counter divisiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to a lasting culture of peace </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge and celebrate the bonding power of religious faith </li></ul>
  76. 77. There is no path to peace; peace is the path.
  77. 78. The Peace Prayer of St Francis ~ an interpretation for the modern world
  78. 79.   Creator God, give us awareness of the massive forces threatening our world.   Where there is armed conflict, let us stretch out our arms to our brothers and sisters. Where there is abundance, let there be simple lifestyles and sharing.  
  79. 80. Where there is poverty, let there be dignity and constant striving for justice. Where there is selfish ambition, let there be humble service. Where there is injustice, let there be atonement. Where there is despair, let there be hope in God’s Word.
  80. 81. Where there are wounds of division, let there be unity and wholeness. Help us to be committed to the building of the Kingdom, not seeking to be cared for, but to care; Not expecting to be served, but to serve others; Not desiring material security, but placing our security in Your Love.
  81. 82. For it is only in loving imitation of You, O Lord, that we can discover the healing springs of Life to bring about New Birth on our earth and Hope for the world. Amen.   — Melba Grace, Philippines —
  82. 83. Muslim, Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace   O God, you are the source of life and peace. Praised be your name forever. We know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace. Hear our prayer in this time of talk of war. Your power changes hearts.
  83. 84. Muslim, Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace Muslims, Jews and Christians remember, and profoundly affirm, That they are followers of the one God, Children of Abraham, brothers and sisters together.
  84. 85. Muslim, Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace Enemies begin to speak to one another; Those who are estranged join hands in friendship; Nations seek the way of peace together. Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these truths by the way we live.
  85. 86. Muslim, Jewish Christian Prayer for Peace Give to us: Understanding that puts an end to strife; Mercy that quenches hatred, And forgiveness that overcomes vengeance Empower all people to live in your law of love. Amen
  86. 87. Evaluate the contribution of two religious traditions to world peace. In your answer incorporate relevant examples to illustrate how belief is translated into action.

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