Saturday, July 22, 2017

HWPL Religious Peace Camp: The Role of Religion

㊪ The Role of Religious People and Leaders ㊪
HWPL, Relligious Peace Camp News 

Amidst increasing global conflicts and religious discord, the role of religious people and leaders is becoming ever more crucial in the international community.
European Youth in Interfaith Peace camps call for the role of religion in peace building.

European Youth in Interfaith Peace camps
 call for the role of religion
 in peacebuilding

HWPL, Religious Youth Peace Camp   👉  Touch the Peace 👈   Warsaw, Poland June 23-24,2017

Young leaders’ interfaith peace camps took place following one after another in Poland and Lithuania from June 23rd to July 2nd under the subject of the role of religion and youth for resolving conflicts in the world.

With total 104 participants from Catholic, Protestant, Islam, Sikhism, and ISKCON attending, HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camps were held by religious leaders in each city in collaboration with Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO working to realize peace and cessation of war.

Ms. Deborah Oh, one of the coordinators of the event said, “I believe achieving peace is everyone’s agenda and, therefore, everyone is desired to work for the cause of world peace in any possible way. A research group in the US once announced more than eight people out of ten in the world are religious[1]. What if the 80% of world population who has faith takes the lead of working for peace?
Peace Camp news Source:
European Youth in Interfaith Peace Camps
call for the role of religion in peacebuilding
The youth of various faiths took part in lectures with lively Q&A sessions and discussions with religious leaders of the region as well as outdoor activities such as a three-legged race and campaigns on the roads.

They also participated as an audience in an interfaith dialog for peace conducted based on the scriptures of each faith.
During the discussion, participants discussed on how religion can work for the cessation of war along with the society.

Jonas Klimavičius, a Catholic student from Kaunas Maironis Univesity Gimnasium said, “Religion [can be] then true religion when it teaches us how to love God. If we want to love God, we have to love all his creatures. So if we love one each other, we are creating peace. [To do so], talking with different religious people is very important.

Also, the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office meeting was held on the second day of the camp in Kaunas at Kaunas Mosque.

The head of Islamic Community of Lithuania, Mufti Romas Jakubauskas remarked, “In every meeting, we are finding more common things than problems. Religious leaders are leaders of their community [and] they have to put more efforts to achieve this goal [peace]. They have to teach their communities, of course, they, themselves have to meet with other religious leaders to find solutions for the biggest problem which is conflicts and wars in the world.

Youth Peace Camp
 in Myanmar

Participants in a group photo at University of Global Peace in Yankin Hill in Myanmar.☮ HWPL Myanmar Religious Peace Camp 

Amidst increasing global conflicts and religious discord, the role of religious people and leaders is becoming ever more crucial in the international community.

The remarks were made at a recent ‘Religious Peace Youth Camp’ bringing together Buddhists, Muslims and Christians from Sagaing and Mandalay in Myanmar, held as part of efforts to build a harmonious society.

Convened in Upper Myanmar, the camp was organized in conjunction with an international peace NGO, 
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL).

Accompanied by 90 students, the religious people from Buddhist, Islamic, Protestant, 
and Hindu participated in the camp, featuring different cultures based on the different religions.

Source: Youth Peace Camp in Myanmar
Each religious leader educated the group 
on the scripture teaching about peace.

The religious leaders and students visited 
Myoma Mosque in Sagaing to share opinions 
on the need for peace.

Before entering the mosque, they washed their hands and feet without hesitation to experience Islamic culture.

U Soe Nay Oo, Imam of Myoma Mosque, briefed participants 
about Islamic customs, including features of mosque architecture.

The participants also had time to listen to the choir at St. Mary Church in Mandalay.

They later visited Hindu temple, Shuri Sanatan Dama, and Buddist Sandamooni Pagoda. Ramachandra Das of Hindu lectured on love and peace in their life.

Buddhist monk Jotika, the dean of the World Peace University, who organized the event said, "This event has become a forum for young people with different religions. Peace will be achieved through mutual understanding and respect among young people.”

Based on the UN Charter and the principles of peace in various international organizations, HWPL has been carrying out peace projects based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which deals with the peaceful resolution of international law for dispute prevention, the guarantee of religious/ethnic identities and the propagation of peace culture.

In religion, HWPL has established World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office in 120 countries around the world to promote interfaith communication among religious leaders.

Followed by the first religious youth peace camp in Cambodia, this was the second religious youth peace camp hosted by HWPL, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light.

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