On the 10-11 November this year, more than 60 people gathered for the Perth Peacemaking Conference to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1. The Conference included an Interfaith Forum (pictured) with representatives from a range of religious faiths.
After the Conference, members of the Ecumenical Social Justice Roundtable agreed to issue a Statement which emerges from the material presented and discussed at the Conference. You can read the Statement below.
As we remember the end of the First World War 100 years ago, we recall the suffering and tragedy of that war and seek to learn from it, so that it may never happen again.
The Peace Conference heard the unanimous call from seven faith leaders that any violence between people, families, communities or nations is an unacceptable solution to conflict as it always leads to trauma, dislocation, suffering, death, division or further violence.
We believe that instead, we need to be investing much more in conflict prevention and resolution. We believe that meeting basic needs and human rights is fundamental to conflict prevention.
We want to see a generous and compassionate Australia that is united by our common love for our neighbour and is inclusive of minority groups.
Consequently as an outcome of this Peacemaking Conference we call upon the Australian Government to take the following actions to create and sustain peace:
We call for these measures as followers of the nonviolent Jesus who proclaimed the peaceable reign of God. We commit ourselves to pursuing the things that make for peace and being peacemakers as Jesus calls us to.
For the sake of peace, from the following members of the WA Ecumenical Social Justice Roundtable:
For more resources on Peacemaking, see https://unitingforpeacewa.org/
The Statement issued from the conference can be found at https://unitingforpeacewa.org/2018/11/28/perth-peacemaking-conference-statement/