Religious, Interfaith Organizations for Peace: National and International

Religious, Interfaith Organizations for Peace: National and International

 


 

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Adventist Peace Fellowship
The Adventist Peace Fellowship (APF) emerged out of informal discussions begun in October 2001
about the meaning of the Adventist commitment to "the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus
Christ" for peacemaking in a world rent by violence. Their mission is to offer resources for exploring
the significance of Adventist beliefs and heritage for peacemaking in a violent world; provide a forum
for interchange and advocacy on how Adventist faith speaks to current issues of peace and
peacemaking; and connect Adventists with other peacemaking resources and organizations.
http://www.adventistpeace.org/

Buddhist Peace Fellowship
The Buddhist Peace Fellowship works for peace from diverse Buddhist perspectives.
● Buddhist Peace Fellowship embraces a triple treasure of compassionate action -- learning,
speaking, and doing.
● Speaking/ Communication: Our public voice brings Buddhist teachings into conversation with
situations in the world, inspiring and informing action for peace.
● Learning/ Community: Our trainings strengthen Buddhist leadership for peace, and build
socially engaged Buddhist communities.
● Doing/ Collaboration: As part of the mandala of social change, we act in collaboration with
other organizations and individuals, working together to cultivate the conditions for peace.
http://www.bpf.org/

The Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) is an international security affairs
research institute based at the University of Chicago. Founded in 2004 by Robert Pape, Professor of
Political Science at the University of Chicago, CPOST is best known for creating and maintaining the
most comprehensive and transparent suicide attack database available. Since its creation, it has
expanded beyond terrorism research, to now include the study of U.S.-China relations and humanitarian intervention policy, with the goal of creating new knowledge and policy initiatives to
inform decision-makers on the limits of intervention in certain cases. Our goal is to produce
peer-reviewed scholarship that bridges the gap between scholars and policymakers via conferences
and media engagement.

The CPOST Suicide Attack Database, the foundation upon which the institute was built, comprises the
most complete list of suicide attacks since 1982 currently available. All data is freely available to the
public. This allows users to review and analyze the complete set of suicide attacks independent of
CPOST’s analysis and findings.

Christian Peacemaker Teams
Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive,
ecumenical and diverse community of God's love. We believe we can transform war and occupation,
our own lives, and the wider Christian world through: the nonviolent power of God's truth,
partnership with local peacemakers and bold action.
http://www.cpt.org/

#CompassionConvos evolved from a friendship that developed between Louisa Hext, who is a
white, Jewish woman from the UK and Marie Roker-Jones, an African-American, Christian wife and
mother. As they began to share their life experiences, they discussed invisible privilege, assumptions,
denials, and forgiveness. Louisa and Marie recognized the need for creating safe spaces to have these
ongoing, honest, and difficult conversations. They also realized how these conversations are the
building blocks to awareness of implicit bias and taking compassionate action.
#CompassionConvos is a compassion movement challenging our biases. It's a call to action bringing
people together to create individual and systemic change and an initiative of the Charter for
Compassion. Our goal: to enable people to see others through a different lens and inspire
compassionateaction. https://www.facebook.com/groups/compassionconvos/ .

Marie can be reached via twitter at:
https://twitter.com/RaisingGreatMen

Louisa at be reached by twitter at:
https://twitter.com/schmoopielou

Disciples Peace Fellowship
Disciples Peace Fellowship is dedicated to the elimination of war and the Biblical principles of peace
and justice. We serve as a voice for members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who long for
peace and justice to be at the forefront of our teachings and learnings. http://dpfweb.org/home

Episcopal Peace Fellowship
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) is a national organization connecting all who seek a deliberate
response to injustice and violence and want to pray, study and take action for justice and peace in our
communities, our church, and the world. We are called to do justice, dismantle violence, and strive to
be peacemakers. www.epfnational.org/

Fellowship of Reconciliation
The Fellowship of Reconciliation is composed of women and men who recognize the essential unity of
all creation and have joined together to explore the power of love and truth for resolving human
conflict. While it has always been vigorous in its opposition to war, FOR has insisted equally that this
effort must be based on a commitment to the achieving of a just and peaceful world community, with
full dignity and freedom for every human being. http://forusa.org/

Global Peace Initiatives
Global Peace Initiatives mission is to create transformational opportunities for individuals and
communities through food growing and service initiatives that promote sustainability and peace.
http://www.globalpeaceinitiatives.net/

#GiveRefugeesRest ( https://www.giverefugeesrest.com ) is a campaign by the Fellowship of
Reconciliation (FOR-USA) to end Islamophobia & welcome refugees. The U.S. has responded to the
Syrian and Muslim refugee crisis with fear. Thirty-one governors have advocated against receiving
refugees within their state borders. Presidential front-runner Donald Trump, with much political
backing, has threatened to ban all Muslim immigration if elected. Join FOR-USA in telling our
government that this is unacceptable, and that it goes against the best spirit of the United States of
America . Learn more about the campaign at Yes Magazine:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/the-brilliance-of-using-pillowcases-to-giverefugeesrest-2
0160115?utm_source=YTW&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20160115

Interfaith Encounter Association, Israel
The Interfaith Encounter Association is dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through
interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study. We believe that, rather than being a cause of the problem,
religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts that exist in the region and beyond.
http://interfaithencounter.wordpress.com/

The Interfaith Center For Sustainable Development
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) accesses the collective wisdom of the
world's religions to promote co-existence, peace, and sustainability through education and activism.
http://www.interfaithsustain.com/

Islamic Network (ING: https://ing.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to counter
prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and
contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relations
between American Muslims and other groups. Founded in 1993, ING achieves its mission through
education and community engagement. We work through regional volunteers and affiliated
organizations across the country who provide thousands of presentations, training seminars and
workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement
agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity
curricula and programs. Reaching hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals a year at
the grassroots level, ING is building bridges among people of all backgrounds.

Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA: https://www.isb-az.org)
The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA) is a non-profit, apolitical, educational organization
founded in 1999. ISBA is an outreach institution that provides education about Islam and Muslims,
promotes interfaith dialogue and is a local affiliate of Islamic Networks Group (ING).

Upon request, ISBA is pleased to provide trained, local American Muslims to conduct presentations
tailored for a variety of educational, religious and business settings. ISBA speakers are certified after a
rigorous process of training, testing, and observation in a live setting by veteran trainers. ISBA
speakers serve the entire state of Arizona and adhere to the guidelines provided by the First
Amendment Center. Please see their publication A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools
for more information.

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and
oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East
Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian
refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and
peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East: https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org. JVP has a
special project devoted to challenging Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.

Mennonite Central Committee
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love
and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for
peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another
and creation. http://www.mcc.org/

Muslim Peace Coalition USA
Muslim Peace Coalition is composed of Muslim Americans in 15 states who are committed to the
principle of standing up and speaking for justice (Quran 4:135) not only because of their desire to
uphold the principles of their faith, but also out of deep concern and commitment to our country.
http://muslimpeacecoalition.org/

On Earth Peace
On Earth Peace answers Jesus Christ's call for peace and justice through its ministries; builds thriving
families, congregations, and communities; and provides the skills, support, and spiritual foundation to
face violence with active nonviolence. http://www.onearthpeace.org/

OneVoice To End The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and
Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution.
The movement works to forge consensus for conflict resolution and build a human infrastructure
capable of mobilizing the people toward a negotiated, comprehensive and permanent agreement
between Israel and Palestine that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and
solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements.
The 1967 borders form the basis for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state, with permanent borders and any modifications to be agreed upon by both parties. The movement
recognizes that violence by either side will never be a means to end the conflict.
http://www.onevoicemovement.org/

Orthodox Peace Fellowship
The Orthodox Peace Fellowship of the Protection of the Mother of God is an association of Orthodox
Christian believers seeking to bear witness to the peace of Christ by applying the principles of the
Gospel to situations of division and conflict, whether in the home, the parish, the community we live,
the work place, within our particular nations, and between nations. We work for the conservation of
God's creation and especially of human life. We are not a political association and support no political
parties or candidates. http://www.incommunion.org/

Pax Christi International
Pax Christi International is a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a
global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, human security, disarmament
and demilitarisation, just world order and religion and violent conflict.
http://www.paxchristi.net/international/eng/index.php

Pentecostals And Charismatics For Peace And Justice
We work within our own traditions and heritages to promote the peace and justice of Christ while also
cooperating with fellow believers from other parts of the body and concerned folks from other (and
no) faith(s). http://www.pcpj.org/

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is all about taking action to reduce violence in the world. The
people who get involved in our work need to be ready to follow Jesus into the same kind of risk,
daring, and potentially life-threatening work that got his earliest followers into so much trouble. We're
about a positive, gospel-centered vision of peace. When genuine peace seems distant, we're called to
increase our faithfulness. When weariness seems to overtake us, we're called to lift one another up and
to continue our quest for the elusive reign of God. http://presbypeacefellowship.org/

Radio Islam WCEV-1450AM (http://www.http://www.radioislam.com/)
Under the umbrella and financial support of Sound Vision Foundation, RadioIslam.com launched its
first show December 14, 1999 with the goal of providing cyberspace a high quality, informative and
creative Internet radio broadcast. Many have followed the lead of RadioIslam.com, but we remain the
original Muslim broadcast to offer more than Quran and khutbas, but also daily programs, nasheed
programs, stories, interviews and more.

Religions for Peace
Religions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world's great
religions dedicated to promoting peace. Respecting religious differences while celebrating our
common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled
areas of the world, creating multi-religious partnerships to confront our most dire issues: stopping
war, ending poverty, and protecting the earth.
http://www.religionsforpeace.org/

Sound Vision: Building Bridges to Understanding ( http://www.soundvision.com )
Sound Vision Foundation is a not for profit tax exempt 501 (C) 3 organization.

Attitude and behavior of men and women today is shaped and molded by mass communications
whose ideals and images by and large are non-Islamic. Sound Vision would like to produce content
with Islamic ideals and images for all current and future media. Sound Vision would like to lead the
Ummah in the field of communication.

Sound Vision aims to produce content that helps build bridges of understanding among neighbors
with emphasis on youth. Sound Vision would like to see our children achieve their full potential as
dynamic and creative individuals who are comfortable with themselves and their environment. By
absorbing the noble virtues of Islam in their formative years, our children will, Insha Allah, not only
be better Muslims and better citizens, they would also strive to achieve the best of this world and the
best of the world to come.

For years Muslims in the West were content to be consumers and even targets of the media. Then
came North America's first Islamic multimedia company, Sound Vision.

Rather than see our identities and those of our children taken away from us, Sound Vision chose to
defy the status quo and develop Islamic media that would inform, educate and entertain our families.
Using the media to introduce non-Muslims to Islam was also being virtually ignored. With these
thoughts in mind, Sound Vision was born in 1988.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, international revival movement within Islam.
Founded in 1889, the Community spans over 200 countries with its USA chapter, established in 1920,
being among the first and oldest American-Muslim organizations. The Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community was created with the objective to rejuvenate Islamic moral and spiritual values. It
encourages interfaith dialogue and diligently tries to correct misunderstandings about Islam in the
West. It advocates peace, tolerance, love and understanding among followers of all faiths. Recognizing a state of disharmony, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community launched a grassroots education initiative called Muslims for Peace ( www.MuslimsForPeace.org ), which aims to spread the message of peace and tolerance. The Muslims for Peace initiative seeks to debunk the myth that Muslims do not stand up against terrorism or that Islam promotes violence instead of peace. It is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s simple way to spread the message of peace one person at a time. We believe that peace and respect can only be established through mutual understanding and knowledge. www.alislam.org

The Catholic Worker Movement
The aim of the Catholic Worker movement is to live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus
Christ. Our sources are the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures as handed down in the teachings of the
Roman Catholic Church, with our inspiration coming from the lives of the saints, "men and women
outstanding in holiness, living witnesses to Your unchanging love. www.catholicworker.org

The Parliament of World Religions ( http://www.parliamentofreligions.org ) was created
to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their
engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and
sustainable world.

The Parliament maintains a number of resources which are related to issues of Islamophobia:
http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/search/node/islamophobia.

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University :
http://pluralism.org/publications/new-religious-america. The mission of the Pluralism Project is to
help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the
active dissemination of resources. The Pluralism Project: World Religions in America is a two
decade-long research project with current funding from the Lilly Endowment and the E. Rhodes and
Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to engage students in studying the new religious diversity in the
United States. The Project explores particularly the communities and religious traditions of Asia and
the Middle East that have become woven into the religious fabric of the United States in the past
twenty-five years.

The Religious Society of Friends
Religious witnesses for peace since 1660. www.quaker.org

The World Peace Prayer Society
To spread the Universal Peace Message and Prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth, far and wide to
embrace the lands and people of this Earth. http://www.worldpeace.org/

United Religions Initiative (URI) is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace
and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the
good of their communities and the world.

URI implements its mission through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of our more
than 600 member groups and organizations, called Cooperation Circles , to engage in community
action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s
and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights. URI has a rich archive of materials on
Islamophobia, including a Tool Kit for dealing with responses to hostility against faith communities:
https://www.uri.org/files/resource_files/URI%20TOOLKIT%20Interfaith%20Responses%20to%20I
slamophobia.pdf

Source: Partially adapted from Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/21/religious-interfaith-organizations-peace_n_1902435.html

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