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Interreligious Peace Prayer

 

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the centre of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka , and that this centre is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.

The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.”

Black Elk (1863-1950)

 

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On March 31, 2017 in Bonn URI Europe represenatives took part at an Interreligious Peace Prayer in the crypt of the Cross-Church at Bonn. It was at the end of an exhibition called „Peace goes   different“. In this exhibition it was shown how on different places in the world, like in India or Liberia and in South Africa, people fought non-violently for having peace, to end conflicts by words and showing civil courage instead of weapons.

At the Peace Prayer people of different faiths, coming from places of conflict in the world, explained why they have chosen this path. Then they spoke some words concerning peace, which come from their religion or their spiritual backgrounds. In the third part they named some virtues to grant peace in the world like compassion, respect, love, trust, to see in the other your brother and sister, to give hospitality and forgiveness. At the end the visitors of the ceremony were asked to lit a candle and to have a silent prayer.

A harp-player framed the ceremony with a beautiful music. It was a very touching atmosphere and we all hoped, that our words and our doing will help in the process of healing.

 

Marianne Horling, URI Europe, URI Germany and CC Intercultural Circle Bonn

"We need to be the change we wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

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