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Middle East Peace Programs

Principles of Peacebuilding

We are one human family under God.

The way to rise above the pursuit of self-interest is to recognize our common humanity. Just as a parent can intercede in the disputes of children, the parental heart originating from the Creator can help us resolve the differences that exist between nations, cultures, and religions.


Human beings are spiritual and moral in nature.


Life’s deepest meaning and purpose can be found through the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness. Each person has an eternal spirit that transcends physical life. Spiritual principles are to be practiced in preparation for the eternal world.


The family is the school of love and peace. In the family, the most basic personal and public virtues are learned. Understanding the family as the “school of love” helps us to recognize that “family” is the most essential institution. The foundation for a healthy family is a faithful, committed marriage.



Living for the sake of others


Living for the sake of other is the way to reconcile the divided human family. By practicing living for the sake of others, we become “other-centered” rather than “self-centered.” The essence of good character is true love shown through unselfish actions.



Cooperation beyond boundaries


Lasting peace requires addressing the root causes of conflict. Transcending racial, religious, and ethnic barriers is an imperative of our time. Faith can give people the power to forgive and the love to overcome even generations of hatred, resentment, and violence.


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