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The Jerusalem Peace Commitment
May 15, 2005
Recalling the Jerusalem Declaration (May 2003) and the need for spiritual and religious leaders to lead the process of reconciliation, forgiveness and cooperation; and
Convinced that the determinations of the Washington Declaration (June 2003) to establish Interreligious and International Peace Councils at the local, national and international levels are urgently needed to facilitate the change of heart called for to realize peace and stability in the Middle East; and
Acknowledging the Seoul Peace Declaration?s (August 2003) call for proactive interreligious harmony to provide the needed models of leadership in the complex and challenging peace process that needs engagement by all people of all nations; and
Observing that healing of the deepest roots of human conflict and violence require re-engagement and realignment with the original ?heart of the Creator, God? realized through healthy family and social relationships;
We, the 177 participants from 26 nations of the Middle East Peace Initiative?s mobilization to Jerusalem, Gaza and Ramallah 10-16 May 2005 commit ourselves as Ambassadors for Peace to:
- Take on the cardinal mandate of our commission as Ambassadors for Peace, namely, to "live for the sake of others;?
- Commit ourselves to expanding this foundation for peace in our families and communities;
- Contribute to the establishment of Interreligious and International Peace Councils (IIPCs) in my nation and region,
- Practice and promote innovative approaches to peace, which include the essential work of creating a ?culture of heart? through actions and programs that focus on people-to-people, heart to heart dialogue, service and human development;
- Commit ourselves, especially those of us who are representatives of nations formerly at war or conflict, e.g., the USA and Japan, France and Germany, Korea and China, to become living examples of the possibility for peace and reconciliation;
- Reach out and encourage other leaders, colleagues, friends, family, to learn of the vision and join in support of the work of Dr. Sun Myung Moon and the IIFWP, and its Peace Councils;
- Engage ourselves in promoting peace in the Middle East in support of action steps such as:
- Creating bridge-building opportunities for Jews, Christians and Muslims to meet and dialogue together;
- Contributing to the Moon Culture center in Gaza and service projects in Israel;
- Encouraging dialogue among parliamentarians from Palestine with Knesset members;
- Engaging faith-based and peace oriented NGOs to meet together, under the auspices of WANGO, for dialogue and exploration of ways in which to better contribute to peace.
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