Every 5-6 years the worlds largest and most representative interfaith organization focused on Peace, Religions for Peace (RFP) convenes a World Assembly of senior-most religious leaders for the purpose of forging a deep moral consensus on contemporary challenges, eliciting a new World Council, and advancing multi-religious action across and beyond the Religions for Peace network.
RFP’s 9th World Assembly will begin on Wednesday, November 20th in Vienna, Austria. It will be global in scale, multi-stakeholder in composition and action-oriented. The Assembly will convene over 600 senior religious leaders from around the world who are strategically positioned to advance multi-religious action for the common good. It will also include representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations, charitable foundations, and other civil society sectors and provide concrete opportunities to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for the common good. Major successes in the advancement of peace, development, and shared security will be responsibly shared and further honored.
UUA President, Rev. Peter Morales, will speak to the World Assembly on Thursday afternoon as a member of a panel addressing RFP’s commission: “Welcoming the Other through Religious and Interreligious Education.”
The UUA is a founding member of Religions for Peace – previously known as the World Conference of Religions for Peace. The UUA’s first President, Rev. Dana Greeley joined with the Founder of Rissho Kosei-kai(RKK), Rev. Nikkyo Niwano, and other global interfaith leaders in providing the leadership necessary to establish the organization in 1970. UUA Minister, Rev. Homer Jack, was the first Secretary General of the organization, serving until he retired in 1983.
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