Vision & Mission
The world’s religious communities cooperate effectively for peace.
Since its founding in 1970, Religions for Peace has been guided by the vision of a world in which religious communities cooperate effectively for peace, by taking concrete common action.
Religions for Peace is committed to leading efforts to advance effective multi-religious cooperation for peace on global, regional, national and local levels while ensuring that the religious communities organized on these same levels assume and exercise appropriate leadership and ownership of these efforts.
Religions for Peace advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace.
Multi-religious cooperation for peace is the hallmark of Religions for Peace. This cooperation includes but also goes beyond dialogue and bears fruit in common concrete action. Through Religions for Peace, diverse religious communities discern “deeply held and widely shared” moral concerns, such as transforming violent conflict, promoting just and harmonious societies, advancing human development and protecting the earth. Religions for Peace translates these shared moral concerns into concrete multi-religious action.
Principles – The Religions for Peace network advances multi-religious cooperation consistent with five guiding principles:
- Respect religious differences.
- Act on deeply held and widely shared values.
- Preserve the identity of each religious community.
- Honor the different ways religious communities are organized.
- Support locally led multi-religious structures.
Structure – The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; more than seventy national and four regional inter-religious bodies and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Youth Network.
The Religions for Peace Global Women of Faith Network launched in 2001 includes more than one thousand religious women’s organizations as well as growing regional women of faith networks in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America. The Religions for Peace Global Youth Network comprises six regional inter-religious youth networks in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North America. Each inter-religious body affiliated with Religions for Peace is self-led, but also part of the global Religions for Peace network.
These action-oriented councils, groups and women and youth networks are not themselves religious sectarian organizations; rather, they are multi-religious and “public” in character. They are led by the representatives of diverse religious communities and are designed to provide a platform for cooperative action throughout the different levels of these religious communities, from grassroots to the senior- leadership. Successful Religions for Peace bodies serve as bridges between diverse religious communities that can help build trust, reduce hostility in areas of conflict and provide a platform for common action.
The Religions for Peace network includes International Trustees – lay individuals from 14 countries – who personally support the work of Religions for Peace through the provision of needed competencies, networking and resource mobilization.
Method – The method for common action developed by Religions for Peace is unique, practical and open to continuous creativity. It assists religious communities to correlate, or work out a connection, between their capacities for action and specific challenges, such as violent threats to peace. The method, while simple, is powerful. When applied, it discloses large, often hidden or under-utilized capacities for action that lie within the reach of religious communities. Importantly, it also identifies the unique advantages of multi-religious cooperation and what kinds of capacity building are needed for effective multi-religious action.
Concretely, the method assists Religions for Peace to analyze specific problems, such as violent conflict; make an inventory of religious assets and the added values of cooperation; match these with needed problem-solving roles and identify areas of capacity building essential for common action.