Rev Dr Jude


All Please Stand for Peace and Love!!!
May 17, 2021, 5:14 pm
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The Parliament of the World’s Religions is deeply saddened by the violence in Jerusalem and the ensuing escalation of conflict in the region. We especially deplore acts of violence done within sacred spaces or to people on the way to and from sacred spaces; whether Al-Aqsa Mosque, a synagogue in Lod, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

We mourn the lives lost and the continued suffering of those involved in the ongoing conflict. The Parliament upholds the human dignity of members of all faith communities in Jerusalem, the Holy Land, and around the world.

We pray and call for an immediate cessation of violence and a commitment by all concerned to resolve conflicts through peaceful means, dialogue, and negotiation.

The Parliament implores the interfaith movement around the world and individuals of faith, conscience, and good will to stand in resolve against violence and oppression.

The Parliament reaffirms its 2014 statement Parliament of Religions Calls Faith Communities to Actively Oppose War, Blockade of Gaza, Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia to Protect Israeli and Palestinian Lives

The Parliament of the World’s Religions grieves whenever violence and conflict flares, as is now occurring in Palestine and Israel. Grief, however, must not paralyze faith communities and the interfaith movement into silence and inaction. Instead, we are called to serve as moderating agents in the cause of sustainable justice, unconditional compassion, and enduring peace by raising our voices against those who seek the annihilation of their enemies. The Parliament, therefore, asks religious and spiritual communities across the globe, and the interfaith movement specifically, to be vocal and active in:

  • calling both sides to end the war in an ethical manner, including the ending of the seven-year blockade of Gaza, with borders monitored by the United Nations to ensure safety for Israelis as well as Palestinians
  • asking world leaders to take concrete steps, with urgency, to ensure the freedom, self-determination, security, and equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis
  • calling the United Nations to ensure that both sides abide by international laws and human right accords in safeguarding civilians, with special attention given to children
  • requesting both sides to recognize the humanity of the other and to honor their sacred spaces

The Parliament of the World’s Religions encourages all faith communities and especially the interfaith movement to actively expose and challenge anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in their neighborhoods, cities, and in the public discourse. Let us be moderating voices and agents that will revitalize the dialogue and cooperation between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This mission should be a part of our sermons, prayers, and civic action. This statement was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Parliament by a majority vote.

For peace to be achieved,  all Israelis and Palestinians must recognize the humanity of the other and to honor their sacred spaces.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions remains committed to a culture of non-violence and respect for life, as agreed upon in our signature document Towards A Global Ethic. (24 page Global Ethic booklet pdf)