Joint Statement for Peace
Unity and the Association of Unity ChurchesUnity stands for peace in the presence
of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for
God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence of God and that God loves
each one of us equally. It is therefore the position of The International Association of Unity Churches and Unity to urge
all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times
and pursue peace, not war, for this is what honors the God of all our faith traditions. Unity stands for peace in our lifetime.
Parliament of the World's Religions
Pathways to peace: the wisdom of listening, the power of commitment
The inter-religious Parliament of the World's Religions is scheduled for July 7-13, 2004 in Barcelona, with
a focus on inviting "the world to confront the challenges and model the possibilities of living peacefully in the midst of
diversity" through dialogue for mutual understanding and exploration of critical issues facing the world. Events will include
lectures and workshops, plenaries and performances, and shared observance of the varied faith traditions in prayer and meditation.
"And in chance meetings in corridors and on the plaza, each will find that the world is paradoxically both a smaller and a
richer place than (participants) ever imagined." The Parliament will be the main event of the 141-day Forum of Cultures. For
full details, see www.cpwr.org and www.Barcelona2004.org. The Association for Global New Thought is coordinating New Thought participation.
On January 24, 2002, the leaders of the major religions of the world met in Assisi, Italy to pray for world peace. The invitation
came from Pope John Paul II and is the second time the leaders have been asked to come to Assisi for this purpose. (The first
time was in September of 1986)
There has been so much dialogue about peace. What is needed is prayer, understanding and compassion. The Assisi
event does not aim at finding solutions to the problems we face, but at becoming the solution; not asking questions, but becoming
the answer. The aim is to simply pray the prayers of peace from the major religions of the world, and let the energy of those
ancient prayers do their job.
I hope you will, perhaps, follow the example of these leaders in your own community or private life.
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