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Peace
The Universal Peace
Federation and its global
network of Ambassadors
for Peace bring
universal, spiritual
principles to the task of
resolving conflict and
reconciling the divided
human family.

UPF World Assembly 2007 in New York
Principles
• We are one human family
created by God.
• The highest achievements
of men and women are
rooted in spiritual and moral
development.
• The family is the “school of
love and peace.”
• Peace comes through
dialogue and cooperation.
• Service is the foundation of
reconciliation.
Founded in 2005 by Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon
Working for Peace
UPF’s Middle East Peace Initiative
includes
• interfaith pilgrimages
• fact-finding tours
• leadership consultations
• grassroots encounters

Jerusalem
Visiting Sacred Places

Visits to a church, mosque, and synagogue in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Offering Prayers for Peace

Honduras (above), Ghana (below)

Slovakia (above), Canada (below)
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Buddhism:
May those frightened
cease to be afraid, and
may those bound be free.
May the powerless find
power, and may people
think of befriending one
another.
Italy
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Christianity:
Blessed are the
peacemakers, for they shall
be known as the Children of
God. Love your enemies, do
good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse
you.

Peru

Russia
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Confucianism:
When the heart is set right,
then the personal life is
cultivated. When the personal
life is cultivated, then the family
life is regulated. When the
family life is regulated, then the
national life is orderly. And
when the national life is orderly,
then there is peace in the
world.

Korea
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Hinduism:
May there be peace on
earth. May thy Vedic Law
propagate peace all
through the world. May all
things be a source of
peace to us. And may thy
peace itself, bestow
peace on all, and may
that peace come to me
also.

Nepal
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Islam:
If the enemy incline towards
peace, do thou also incline
towards peace, and trust God,
for the Lord is the one that
heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God, Most
Gracious are those who walk
on the Earth in humility, and
when we address them, we
say “PEACE.”

Thailand

Malaysia
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Judaism:
Come let us go up the
mountain of the Lord, that
we may walk the paths of
the Most High. And we
shall beat our swords into
into pruning hooks. Nation
shall not lift up sword
against nation—neither
shall they learn war any
more.

Israel
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Sikhism:
God adjudges us according
to our deeds, not the coat
that we wear: that truth is
above everything, but higher
still is truthful living. Know
that we attaineth God when
we loveth, and only that
victory endures in
consequences of which no
one is defeated.

India

United Kingdom
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Shintoism:
Although the people living
across the ocean surrounding
us are all our brothers and
sisters, why are there constant
troubles in this world? Why do
winds and waves rise in the
ocean surrounding us? I only
earnestly wish that the wind
will soon puff away all the
clouds which are hanging over
the tops of the mountains.

Japan
Peace in Sacred Teachings
Unificationism:
A life of vertical “noontime” alignment casts no
shadow. I pray that we can
wipe away the tears of
people in misery
and poverty, and lead an
illuminated life of eternal
true love that dissipates all
darkness.

Switzerland

Marshall Islands
Service
After the 2011 earthquake
and tsunami in Japan, UPF
partnered with Christian
Disaster Response to train
volunteers doing clean up in
northern Japan. This
sparked a collaboration of
NGOs and government
offices involved in disaster
relief.
Service
Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim students cleaned a
Muslim school in Bangkok damaged by flood waters. This
collaboration was facilitated by the Thailand National
Interreligious Peace Council.
Service
Young people of
various faiths built a
classroom and toilet
facilities for students in
a community near
Lumbini, Nepal, the
birthplace of Buddha.
Tamil and Sinhalese
youth worked together
to build facilities in
Polonnaruwa, a town
that suffered from civil
war in Sri Lanka.
Service
Students from Beirut traveled
to Nabatieh in southern
Lebanon and worked with
local people to create a mural
showing a common vision of
peace.
Dialogue
Through formal and informal
dialogue, religion and
spirituality impact the
worldviews, values, and
practices of humanity
worldwide.

USA (above), Albania (below)
Dialogue
Scholars of religion, diplomats, and government
leaders gathered in Jordan for a conference on the
role of religion in international relations exploring the
“Prospects for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Syria.”
Dialogue
At a forum in Indonesia, a Muslim emphasized
harmonizing words and deeds, a Buddhist spoke about
the importance of listening, and a Hindu advocated
“heart, humility, humanity, and harmony.”
Dialogue
A spirited discussion
during World
Interfaith Harmony
Week in Warsaw,
Poland.
Forums in Munich
and Stuttgart,
Germany included
speeches, readings,
and prayers,
followed by dinner
conversations.
Dialogue
Interfaith forums stimulate
conversation and deeper
understanding about each
other’s experiences, concerns,
and beliefs.
Washington, DC, USA

Switzerland: Model UN Interreligious
Council session (above), Ethiopia:
Interreligious Council members (right)
Dialogue
In forums on reconciliation
and forgiveness in the UK,
speakers talked about their
experiences with people of
other religions, challenges
they have faced in life, and
how they drew upon the
resources of their faith.
UPF-Netherlands’
Dialogue Center in
Amsterdam hosts frequent
multifaith and multicultural
events.
Dialogue
Discussions in St. Lucia
about spiritual values.
Youth from various faiths
participate in a forum in
Austria.
Cooperation
At an observance of
World Interfaith
Harmony Week 2012
at the UN General
Assembly Hall,
diplomats and UN
officials joined religious
leaders and officials of
faith-based charities to
discuss greater
cooperation.
Cooperation
In Bangkok, a year of
consultations and a
World Interfaith
Harmony Week
commemoration built
momentum toward the
inauguration of the
Thailand Interfaith
Peace Council in
September 2011.

Thailand
Cooperation
After attacks killed 77
people in July
2011, UPF-Norway
held a forum in
partnership with the
Oslo Central Mosque
featuring political
leaders and a youth
panel.
Faith leaders lit candles at a 9/11
memorial service at the United
Nations.
Cooperation
Young athletes from
different religions and
nationalities converge
in the spirit of good
sportsmanship.
Friendly football
matches bring
together youth from
nations and
communities that have
suffered tension and
division.

Youth from
Baltic nations
compete in
Estonia.
Athletes build
friendships in
Georgia.
Reconciliation
The disputed presidential
elections of 2010 in Cote
d’Ivoire sparked a civil
war. Ambassadors for
Peace reached out to
religious leaders and met
with the Dialogue, Truth
and Reconciliation
Commission to plan a
grassroots campaign to
teach peace principles.
Reconciliation
Jews, Christians, and Muslims
participating in the Middle East
Peace Initiative demonstrate a
heart of reconciliation as
members of one human family
under God.
Partnerships
Community organizers
plan grassroots
cooperation among
religious groups in
Colombia.

Discussions in
Israel include a
proposal to
establish an
interreligious
academy.
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UPF Interfaith Peacebuilding

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  • 2. Peace The Universal Peace Federation and its global network of Ambassadors for Peace bring universal, spiritual principles to the task of resolving conflict and reconciling the divided human family. UPF World Assembly 2007 in New York
  • 3. Principles • We are one human family created by God. • The highest achievements of men and women are rooted in spiritual and moral development. • The family is the “school of love and peace.” • Peace comes through dialogue and cooperation. • Service is the foundation of reconciliation. Founded in 2005 by Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon
  • 4. Working for Peace UPF’s Middle East Peace Initiative includes • interfaith pilgrimages • fact-finding tours • leadership consultations • grassroots encounters Jerusalem
  • 5. Visiting Sacred Places Visits to a church, mosque, and synagogue in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • 6. Offering Prayers for Peace Honduras (above), Ghana (below) Slovakia (above), Canada (below)
  • 7. Peace in Sacred Teachings Buddhism: May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free. May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another. Italy
  • 8. Peace in Sacred Teachings Christianity: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be known as the Children of God. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Peru Russia
  • 9. Peace in Sacred Teachings Confucianism: When the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated. When the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated. When the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly. And when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in the world. Korea
  • 10. Peace in Sacred Teachings Hinduism: May there be peace on earth. May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also. Nepal
  • 11. Peace in Sacred Teachings Islam: If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say “PEACE.” Thailand Malaysia
  • 12. Peace in Sacred Teachings Judaism: Come let us go up the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords into into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation—neither shall they learn war any more. Israel
  • 13. Peace in Sacred Teachings Sikhism: God adjudges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear: that truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living. Know that we attaineth God when we loveth, and only that victory endures in consequences of which no one is defeated. India United Kingdom
  • 14. Peace in Sacred Teachings Shintoism: Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us are all our brothers and sisters, why are there constant troubles in this world? Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us? I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains. Japan
  • 15. Peace in Sacred Teachings Unificationism: A life of vertical “noontime” alignment casts no shadow. I pray that we can wipe away the tears of people in misery and poverty, and lead an illuminated life of eternal true love that dissipates all darkness. Switzerland Marshall Islands
  • 16. Service After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, UPF partnered with Christian Disaster Response to train volunteers doing clean up in northern Japan. This sparked a collaboration of NGOs and government offices involved in disaster relief.
  • 17. Service Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim students cleaned a Muslim school in Bangkok damaged by flood waters. This collaboration was facilitated by the Thailand National Interreligious Peace Council.
  • 18. Service Young people of various faiths built a classroom and toilet facilities for students in a community near Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha. Tamil and Sinhalese youth worked together to build facilities in Polonnaruwa, a town that suffered from civil war in Sri Lanka.
  • 19. Service Students from Beirut traveled to Nabatieh in southern Lebanon and worked with local people to create a mural showing a common vision of peace.
  • 20. Dialogue Through formal and informal dialogue, religion and spirituality impact the worldviews, values, and practices of humanity worldwide. USA (above), Albania (below)
  • 21. Dialogue Scholars of religion, diplomats, and government leaders gathered in Jordan for a conference on the role of religion in international relations exploring the “Prospects for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Syria.”
  • 22. Dialogue At a forum in Indonesia, a Muslim emphasized harmonizing words and deeds, a Buddhist spoke about the importance of listening, and a Hindu advocated “heart, humility, humanity, and harmony.”
  • 23. Dialogue A spirited discussion during World Interfaith Harmony Week in Warsaw, Poland. Forums in Munich and Stuttgart, Germany included speeches, readings, and prayers, followed by dinner conversations.
  • 24. Dialogue Interfaith forums stimulate conversation and deeper understanding about each other’s experiences, concerns, and beliefs. Washington, DC, USA Switzerland: Model UN Interreligious Council session (above), Ethiopia: Interreligious Council members (right)
  • 25. Dialogue In forums on reconciliation and forgiveness in the UK, speakers talked about their experiences with people of other religions, challenges they have faced in life, and how they drew upon the resources of their faith. UPF-Netherlands’ Dialogue Center in Amsterdam hosts frequent multifaith and multicultural events.
  • 26. Dialogue Discussions in St. Lucia about spiritual values. Youth from various faiths participate in a forum in Austria.
  • 27. Cooperation At an observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 at the UN General Assembly Hall, diplomats and UN officials joined religious leaders and officials of faith-based charities to discuss greater cooperation.
  • 28. Cooperation In Bangkok, a year of consultations and a World Interfaith Harmony Week commemoration built momentum toward the inauguration of the Thailand Interfaith Peace Council in September 2011. Thailand
  • 29. Cooperation After attacks killed 77 people in July 2011, UPF-Norway held a forum in partnership with the Oslo Central Mosque featuring political leaders and a youth panel. Faith leaders lit candles at a 9/11 memorial service at the United Nations.
  • 30. Cooperation Young athletes from different religions and nationalities converge in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Friendly football matches bring together youth from nations and communities that have suffered tension and division. Youth from Baltic nations compete in Estonia. Athletes build friendships in Georgia.
  • 31. Reconciliation The disputed presidential elections of 2010 in Cote d’Ivoire sparked a civil war. Ambassadors for Peace reached out to religious leaders and met with the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission to plan a grassroots campaign to teach peace principles.
  • 32. Reconciliation Jews, Christians, and Muslims participating in the Middle East Peace Initiative demonstrate a heart of reconciliation as members of one human family under God.
  • 33. Partnerships Community organizers plan grassroots cooperation among religious groups in Colombia. Discussions in Israel include a proposal to establish an interreligious academy.