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Religion and Society: How religious organisations try to promote world peace

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Transcript of Religion and Society: How religious organisations try to promote world peace

United Nations

What have you learnt?

Anwser all questions. You have 5 minutes.
How religious organisations try to
promote peace

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
Albert Einstein
Muslim Peace Fellowship
2. Making public statements and organising protests about war.

CAN YOU THINK OF ANY EXAMPLES?

This could bring about world peace because public opinion could be
changed and goverments take notice of public opinion.

IS THAT ALWAYS THE CASE?

Think of one example when public opinion did not change the government's stance and one example when it did....
3. Organising interfaith conferences to help all
religions work together to promote world peace.

Many wars and conflicts are caused by religious differences and if religions work together for peace, it is more likely to happen.
4. Religious organisations like Muslim Aid and Christian Aid
are helping to give the poor of the world a decent standard of living.

HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS AND WHAT ISSUES ARE THEY TACKLING?

If religious organisations can persuade governments around the world
to respect Human Rights, this could stop wars that are started because
one country feels its fellow ethnic group in another country is being
badly treated.
Mission
The Gandhi Centre seeks to advance the understanding and practice of nonviolence.

Core Values
respect among human beings and for the planet’s natural environment.

exercise of personal and social responsibility.

diversity of thought integrity in thought, word and action.
Publications
International Journal of Gandhi Studies.

Conference
Global Nonviolence International Conference.

Research Scholars
Intellectual home for visiting scholars.

Mahatma Gandhi Chair
The Mahatma Gandhi Chair in Global Nonviolence has been established in collaboration with the government of India.
Student Internship Program
Offers unique and diverse opportunities for undergraduate students.

Community and Global Engagement Program
Prepares children and youth to appreciate the value of non-violence.

The Gandhi Award
The Award is bestowed upon individuals with global recognition who support nonviolence.

First recepient was Rev Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa.
In groups of four, create a logo/symbol for your own religious organisation.

Give reasons as to how your organisation will promote world peace.

Choose a spokesperson and be ready to present it to the rest of the class in 15 minutes.
Religious organisations do this by:

1. Public debates on the horrors of wars and conflicts and encourage
people to support political parties opposed to war.

HOW CAN THIS BRING ABOUT WORLD PEACE?
Learning Objectives:

1. Identify religious organisations that are working for world peace.

2. Gain an understanding of how these organisations are trying to promote world peace.
You can access my lesson notes via:

http://prezi.com/lnbzpjs6nntv/religion-and-society-how-religious-organisations-try-to-promote-world-peace/

Useful links:

Gandhi Centre for nonviolence: http://www.jmu.edu/gandhicenter/

Christian Peacemakers: http://www.cpt.org/

Muslim Peace Fellowship: http://www.mpf21.wordpress.com
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