The Global Peace Foundation’s unique approach to peacebuilding includes three essential aspects: interfaith leadership, empowering families and youth, and building a culture of service.
Most people understand and discover meaning in life through various spiritual paths. While there may be great differences in religious doctrines and liturgies, how one lives every day is a measure of how those beliefs have taken root in one’s character.
Basic human values—respect and compassion for all people, honoring the family, living with integrity—are vitally important to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Thus it is essential that faith leaders stand together and publically affirm the shared principles and values that faith traditions individually advocate.
Addressing the most critical problems facing humanity, including conflict and extreme poverty, requires fundamental change in heart and spirit. Faith leadership, which appeals to the highest ideals and aspirations of human beings, is needed to help bring about such change.
Because faith traditions address the larger questions of life—who we are and how we should live—religious identities are often more fundamental than nationality or ethnicity.
Recognizing that many conflicts are attributed to religious causes, people of faith must show by example that they can transcend differences based on our common heritage and shared values as One Family under God.
The family is the “school of love and virtue” in which the character and heart of each individual is formed at the deepest level. The ideal institution for teaching and learning values is a healthy family headed by a father and mother.
The family is meant to be the most intimate environment in which every child comes to know his or her intrinsic value through the unconditional love of parents.
The vital relationships in the extended family help to shape the child’s larger sense of identity through imparting the essence of culture and tradition.
Relations within the family, between husband and wife, parents and children, and among siblings are instrumental for developing the virtues that underlie all positive social relations. People learn to relate with all of humanity in the extended family.
Future citizens with clear ethical values and an active sense of social responsibility are cultivated within strong families and vibrant communities. From the immediate family to the extended family model, and carrying forth to the entire human family, “family” is at the heart of One Family under God.
Building a Culture of Service
The values formed in the family are meant to be practiced through a lifestyle of serving the greater good. A culture shaped by citizens who live in this way is naturally ethical, inclusive, prosperous and truly free.
Service provides tremendous opportunities for experiential learning which can cultivate leadership and good character. Through international and cross-cultural service, we engage in meaningful ways with others, forming deep bonds of heart that transcend all differences. We learn in profound, personal and often life-changing ways that we are, in fact, one family under God.
The insight gained that we are one family makes us aware that the world is our common home. Thus we are responsible to respect, protect, and live in harmony with the natural environment.
Serving the greater good fosters a social environment in which our innate creativity can flourish, enabling us to create value, solve problems, and build a world where all people can have a meaningful and fulfilling life.