The objective of the World Alliance of Religions Peace Office is to bring religious leaders together and become one by seeing what makes scriptures and religions believable. The dialogue marks the first program since the establishment of HWPL’s World Alliance of Religions Peace Office in Tijuana, Mexico. The event also coincided with regional office openings in HWPL El Salvador and Australia branches earlier this week.
“We wanted to give the religious leaders and youth the opportunity in Tijuana to compare and contrast the scriptures of various religions, so that we can become one on the foundational commonality on the true purpose of religion. When we can agree on these commonalities—that’s peace” said HWPLrepresentative and presider of the event, Ismael Garcia.
The movement for interfaith dialogue began as a continuation of the Alliance of Religions agreement signed by over 700 religious leaders at the World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit held in September of last year. Together they declared, “To do everything in [their] power to end all wars on this earth and to establish world peace according to the will of the Creator, God through the unity of religion.”
“Regardless of whether you're religious or not, let's join together. In the Office of the Alliance of Religions we really need to study each other's scriptures to see whose can really protect our lives and create a world of peace” said Chairman of HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee. Chairman Lee and the Chairwoman of the International Women’s Peace Group, Ms. Nam Hee Kim hosted the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit in the Republic of Korea that drew over 700 religious leaders and 50 heads of states. Holding true to the Alliance of Religions agreement, the two representatives are now establishing and actively operating WARP Offices around the world, beginning with Mindanao, Philippines.
The World Alliance of Religions Peace Office meetings in Tijuana and El Salvador especially attracted a lot of attention as the religious leaders and participants in attendance had a special time to study the similarities and differences between each other’s faiths by holding up “X” and “O” cards in regards to questions of their religious scriptures.
Adriana Padilla Mendoza, Directora Asuntos Religiosos of Tijuana also attended to speak on the important role of youth in leading the initiative of peace. “With the condition of the world right now, it’s good to know that there are organizations that are doing this type of work to gather people to make a difference” said Mendoza.