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Purpose and Commitments

Statement of the Peace Council

Approved by the Peace Councilors on November 29, 1995 and reaffirmed on November 20, 1997


We are a group of religious persons committed to working together for the common needs of the whole community of life. Centered in our respective faiths, we wish to manifest the wisdom of the world's spiritual traditions -- our common human heritage. The Peace Council will build bridges among all beings through the message of non-violence, compassion, human rights, and universal responsibility, individual and collective.

We acknowledge our many failures and the frequent abuse of religion, but we celebrate its power to heal, to educate, to enlighten, and to transform.

We affirm that there exists within human beings the capacity for good and the spirit of peace.

Our goal is to nurture peace and good will among human beings and to preserve the integrity of the natural environment on which all life depends.

Seven Threats to Peace

The Peace Council recognizes the following as interdependent obstacles to peace. The Council's programs should work to relieve these causes of suffering:

  • Religious intolerance;
  • War, violence, and the arms trade;
  • Environmental degradation;
  • Economic injustice;
  • Rapid population growth;
  • Patriarchy (cultures of domination, hierarchy, and control);
  • Oppressive globalization.


The Peace Council makes the following commitments:

  • The commitment to foster cultures and practices of non-violence and reverence for all life.
  • The commitment to foster cultures and practices of shared responsibility and just society.
  • The commitment to foster cultures and practices of mutuality in the face of diversity, through right relationships and integrity.
  • The commitment to foster cultures and practices of partnership and equal opportunity between women and men, between the generations, and among the world's peoples and cultures.
  • The commitment to foster cultures and practices of ecological interdependence and sustainable relationships between humans, Earth, and all living beings.

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