Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

What is Religions for Peace?

Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative interfaith coalition working to stop war, end poverty, and protect the earth since 1970. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; five regional inter-religious bodies and more than ninety-two national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.

More than five billion people identify themselves as members of religious communities. These existing social networks reach from the smallest villages to national capitals and beyond. Religions for Peace uses these existing social networks to build peace worldwide. To learn more about Religions for Peace please visit Religions for Peace.

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Who can join Religions for Peace?

Religions for Peace is a global coalition whose mission is to include the voices of all religious communities. We welcome all religious communities and representatives to join our local, national, and regional Inter-religious Councils. Individual people of faith are welcome to join our global network and affiliate with their local Religions for Peace group. Currently our global leadership group, the World Council, includes representatives from the world’s diverse faith traditions: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Shinto, Taoist, Zoroastrian, and Indigenous. Whether you are a religious leader, member of a religious community, or other person of goodwill, there is a place for you in our work.

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How can I participate in Religions for Peace?

Religions for Peace offers two types of membership:

  • Organizational membership, which builds partnerships with religious leaders, communities, inter-religious councils, and other interfaith and secular organizations. This is historically how Religions for Peace has developed its worldwide network.
  • Individual membership. This option gives individual religious believers and people of goodwill the opportunity to take action on behalf of our deeply held beliefs in peace and security. A new initiative of Religions for Peace, individual membership will allow our growing community to become even broader and more diverse.

We have Inter-religious Councils in many countries around the world. Please visit here to see if there is already a group in your country, and find out how to contact them.

Consider subscribing to the Religions for Peace to learn more about our activities.

You may also sign on to one of our international campaigns, Offer a Meal, which will connect you with like-minded individuals all over the world.

Learn more about joining The Offer a Meal Movement.

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Is Religions for Peace effective?

Religions for Peace has a 40-year history of achievements in building peace and security. We have helped to transform some of the world’s most violent conflicts through intervention, dialogue, and reconciliation work.

The need for peace-building is ongoing. Religions for Peace is actively engaged in working to to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth.

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How does Religions for Peace carry out its work?


The basic work of Religions for Peace takes place among people of faith all over the world, every day. We help religious individuals, leaders, and communities reach across boundaries and differences to take our deeply held and widely shared beliefs in peace and shared security.

Forming Inter-religious Councils at the local, national, and regional level for forty years gives us a vast and powerful network of religious believers who are empowered to take action for peace.

Religions for Peace helps religious believers and people of goodwill take action to help overcome challenges to peace, locally and globally. Take action to help overcome challenges to peace in your area. You might first engage your community through partnerships with local campaigns, engage your religious leaders to help raise awareness of peace-building efforts, and engage the media to help draw attention to your cause.

Read more on how to engage your community, leaders, and engage in individual action.

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How can I work with Religions for Peace?

There are a number of ways in which you can contribute to Religions for Peace.

  • Take Action On Issues. Religions for Peace sponsors worldwide advocacy campaigns. These campaigns may include petitions, letter-writing efforts, or other ways to take action. Our current campaigns include Offer a Meal.
  • Educate in Your Community. Religions for Peace offers numerous resources for individuals, religious leaders, and organizations on a wide variety of peace-building efforts. Use these materials to help raise awareness of your concerns in your community.
  • Make a Contribution. Religions for Peace relies on donations from individuals around the world. Make an online donation now and help us transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth.
  • Your contribution makes a real difference.
  • Join Us.
  • Jobs: Religions for Peace is always looking for dedicated, hard-working people to join the Religions for Peace headquarters, the International Secretariat, based in New York City.
  • Internships: At the International Secretariat, we recruit interns for three- to six-month periods, to be based in our offices in New York to carry out administrative and project-related work. Internships offer invaluable work experience and often college credit.
  • Volunteering: Volunteers are Religions for Peace's heartbeat. Volunteers can help us in every country where we work. Please contact your local Religions for Peace group to learn more.

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Who finances Religions for Peace's work?

Religions for Peace is an international Non-Governmental Organization funded by foundations, governments, corporations, trustees, and the dedicated individuals who make our worldwide network possible.

We are affiliated with the United Nations, but not beholden to any political, sectarian, or national interests. All governance decisions are made by our World Council and International Secretariat.

Donate to Religions for Peace.

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How did Religions for Peace start?

Religions for Peace began in 1961, when a handful of senior leaders from the world's major faith traditions began to explore the possibility of organizing a "religious summit."

The World Conference of Religions for Peace convened for the first time in Kyoto, Japan, on October 16, 1970. For over forty-four years, we have continued to bring together people of faith to cooperate for peace. You can see a timeline of Religions for Peace World Assemblies here.

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How can I contact Religions for Peace?

To learn about our programs, order publications, or participate in our campaigns. Still don’t have your answer? Please contact our International Secretariat, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

Find out if Religions for Peace has an interfaith network in your country and contact them.

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Where are your offices based?

The International Secretariat is based in New York. The World Council is made up of religious leaders from around the world. Our Inter-religious Councils have regional offices on 5 continents: in Nairobi, Kenya; Seoul, South Korea; Oslo, Norway; Lima, Peru; and New York, USA.

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