Waves of Peace Uniting the Global Village
VOWs friends International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) published the following newsletter.
The Alliance of Religions according to the Creator’s Will
From early in the morning on September 18, 2014 in Seoul, Korea, a long line of buses and cars were lining up at the 63 Convention Center. This is the day when leading figures from many different fields, such as politics, law, religion, and culture came together in one place.
Under the title ‘The World Alliance of Religions’, the first speeches were given by former presidents, and religious leaders, including Haris Silajdžić the Former President of Bosnia Herzegovina, and the representative of Sri Akaal Takhat Sahib, Jathedar Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh. H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj from India who was awarded the ‘Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award’ said, “I am very much surprised by the organizers. I have never seen such beautiful sacrifice and hard work.”
The second half of the main session, titled ‘The Cessation of War and World Peace’ was a presentation… The Rt Rev. Martin De Jesus Barahona, Archbishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador, the Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, and the Hon. Dr. Emil M. Constantinescu, Former President of Romania was the presenter. The Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, who asked Mr. Man Hee Lee for help to solve the conflict in Mindanao, the Philippines, said, “Chairman Lee and his organization(HWPL) have actively done the work of peace in the west part of the Philippines, Mindanao and this is the true example of the peace movement.” He expressed his gratitude to the chairman of HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee and added, “Mr. Lee’s continuous peace movement has brought all of us together here today, and he, who is the messenger of peace made us become one.”
After the speeches offered by the world leaders, came the speech given by the chairman of HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee who had organized this whole event and who has the answer on how to achieve world peace. Through his speech he clearly showed the role of the religious world. He said that the religious world must unite to achieve peace instead of just desiring to make money and gain power. In addition, he said that the religious world must give up on their stubborn thoughts such as ‘We are the only ones who are right,’ which ultimately leads to conflict.
Chairwoman Kim said, “This agreement we have signed today may not be easily seen, but like a tiny seed that is planted and starts to grow, when promises add up this will become powerful enough to change the world.” After, she explained the meaning of the peace agreement while presenting the specific changes that the peace agreement have led to. She requested that all the participants gather their hearts and join in working for peace.
The main event of the WARP Summit was the unprecedented signing of the peace agreement that has brought religious worlds in the midst of conflict to come together in unity. The representatives of the twelve religions or denominations- Catholic, Anglican, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Shia Islam, Sunni Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Bahai, Jaina – all signed the agreement, meaning that they will come together and all serve under the only God. These world leaders also signed an agreement that will help enact the law for the cessation of war and world peace. H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of the Republic of South Africa, said, ”This peace agreement is a very important example to all the organizations in the world, and today we have set the foundation on how to solve conflict and bring peace.
During the afternoon discussions, seven separate sessions with members sharing ideas on how to find a way to truly establish peace was organized. The seven themes were ‘Dialogue of Mutual Understanding for World Peace’, ‘Conflict and Peacebuilding’, ‘Interreligious Dialogue for Creating World Peace’, ‘International Policy Making to Promote World Peace and the Cessation of War’, ‘The Role of Global Leaders and Organizations in Establishing World Peace’, ‘Middle East North Africa: The Role of Leaders in Peace and Human Rights’, and ‘Resolving Conflict and Division’.
The women leaders came together through the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and discussed the peace network. All the women leaders also signed the peace agreement and joined together with the heart of a mother and with the commitment to stop war and achieve world peace.