Role of religions towards peace discussed

By: Staff Reporter
2017-02-07
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Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) New Zealand branch hosted the 15th World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Office meeting on 23rd January.

For this dialogue, religious leaders from Islam, Mormonism, Christianity and Sikhism participating discussed "Religions' Role in Achieving Peace".Akshdeep Singh Gahir, Representative of Auckland Sikh Community, emphasised the importance of the meeting,"The HWPL Dialogues gives me the opportunity to open my mind even to learn my own religion and to look into other religions as well".Also, a survey which has five questions about methods of finding 'Trustworthy Scripture' was also conducted after the discussion.

Anna Featherstone (Mormon), Shafiq ur Rehman (Islam, Ahmadiyya) and Akshdeep Singh Gahir (Sikh) who participated in the dialogue agreed to actively engage in HWPL's WARP Office by accepting the differences within the religions.

The Interfaith Representative, Anna Featherstone of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, said: "The format that HWPL does their dialogues really works and there is a lot more discussing to be done and I am really looking forward to that."

The WARP Office meetings are held every month in both Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. According to HWPL, religious leaders have tried to seek the concrete standards of trustworthy scripture in finding a true essence of religion and role of religious leaders in achieving peace and cessation of war comparing each religious scripture. This approach of peace project by HWPL has its findings that religious conflicts account for over 80% of world conflicts, so ceasing this is crucial for peace.

HWPL's WARP Office started off with WARP Summit held in Seoul, 18 September 2014. HWPL has been operating it and religious leaders in across the globe are engaging in this conversation to minimize religious conflicts and bring forth peace. There are 204 WARP Offices in 112 countries (as of January 2017).

A member of HWPL New Zealand branch stated, "The religious leaders who participated in today's dialogue will continue having discussion following up the directions about 'Religions' Role' in peace building. Also, we will carry out them through the integral networks among religious people in New Zealand."

Currently, the WARP Office meetings are held globally and become the venue to communicate and pursuit peace by religions together.

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