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Dialogue & Alliance: World Summit 2020: Interfaith Perspectives on Peace

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New York, USA—The 2020 summer issue of Dialogue & Alliance, a journal of UPF, is now available. The theme of this issue is “World Summit 2020: Interfaith Perspectives on Peace.”

We are pleased to feature in this issue of Dialogue and Alliance a set of essays based on presentations delivered during the World Summit 2020, organized by the Universal Peace Federation on February 3-8, 2020 in Seoul, Korea. A summary report on the World Summit 2020 is included in the issue, along with the declaration signed by the more than 10,000 participants from 170 countries and representing diverse fields of government, religion, civil society, academia, the business sector, the media, women and youth. Each of the primary associations of UPF convened their own sessions. These included the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP), the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), the International Media Association (IMAP), the International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP), the International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED) and, last but not least, and featured in this issue, the Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD). The IAPD program at the World Summit also included presentations from members of the World Clergy Leadership Conference (WCLC).

Participants in the IAPD session were representative of the many religious traditions that exist and thrive within our human family and our focus was promoting dialogue, mutual understanding and respect, and cooperation. In line with the overall theme of the World Summit, panelists placed emphasis on interdependence, mutual prosperity, and universal values, noting the unique and essential role that faith-based organizations, religious leaders, interfaith associations and believers of all faiths have in building a world of lasting peace.  The essays included are generally brief, owing to the limited time given to each speaker individually, in order to accommodate as many voices as possible. We trust you will benefit and be enriched from your study of these statements.

The issue concludes with two articles by scholars of religion, with Ambrose Mong’s discussion of the model of “forgiveness and reconciliation in North Ireland” and David Oughton’s essay on the relevance of faith-based organizations to the establishment of a democratic world federation. Both topics are very relevant to the conversations that took place in Seoul during World Summit 2020.

Thank you for your continued interest in the work of the Universal Peace Federation and Dialogue and Alliance, with the publication of its 34th volumeand itself an outgrowth of important interfaith work carried out by the International Religious Foundation, the New Ecumenical Research Association and the Assembly of the World’s Religions.

All of us at UPF and the staff of Dialogue and Alliance extend our prayers and best wishes for your safety and good health during this challenging time. Let us work together for a world of lasting peace.


To view the table of contents, please see below.

Dialogue & Alliance
Vol. 34 No. 1, Summer 2020
World Summit 2020: Interfaith Perspectives on Peace



World Summit 2020

Executive Summary

World Summit 2020 Peace Declaration


Interfaith Perspectives on Peace and Development

Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon
Co-Founder, Universal Peace Federation

Rt. Hon. Permanand Jha
Vice President (2008-2015), Nepal

Bishop Noel Jones
Senior Pastor, City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California, USA

Rev. Dr. William A. McComish
Dean Emeritus, Geneva St. Peter’s Cathedral, President, Geneva Spiritual Appeal

Dr. Jason L. Wasden
Executive Director, Government Affairs, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Rev. Stephan Kim
National Co-Chair, Korea Clergy Leadership Conference (KCLC)

Archbishop Chrysostomos (CELI)
Metropolitan Archbishop of Orthodox Church of Latin America

Monsignor Patriarch Nicolas
Patriarch, Orthodox Patriarchate of Nations, France

Dr. Prophet Samuel Radebe
Founder, Revelation Church of God, South Africa

Most Ven. Dr. Hongsa Boriboun
Deputy Director-General, Committee for Sangha Foreign Affairs of the Central Buddhist Fellowship Organization of Lao PDR

Rev. Ruth Cleaver
President, Auckland Interfaith Council, New Zealand

Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi
Spiritual Head of the Islamic House of Wisdom, USA

Father Joseph Saghbini
Parish Priest of St. George (Maallaka) and St. John the Baptist (Haosh El Zaraaneh), Lebanon

Rev. Dr. Luonne Abram Rouse
Co-Chairman, American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC)

Dr. Ki Hoon Kim
Co-Chairman, American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC)

Msgr. Martinho Germano da Silva Gusmão
Advisor to the Catholic Bishop of Dili, Timor Leste

Rev. Dr. Mark Abernathy
National Co-President, American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), USA

Swami Shantatmananda
Head and Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission, India

Dr. Ven. Sobhita
Principal, International Buddhist Education Center, Myanmar

Rev. Toru Miyahara
Pastor, New World Ministry of Christ, Japan

Rev. Suhadi Sendjaja
Chairman, Nichiren Shoshu, Indonesia

Father Yacobos Abu-Aaqel
Priest, Arabic Orthodox Community, Israel


Featured Articles

Power of Peace: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland
Ambrose Mong, Ph.D., Assistant parish priest at St. Andrew’s Church; Research associate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Religious Support for Democratic World Federation
David C. Oughton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA

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