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Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative (AFPI)

The Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative (AFPI) is a group of clergy and religious activists who are united in our faith in the God of love and justice and mercy for all; we advocate peacemaking as an essential and defining mandate of our three faith traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Peacemaking is not merely one option for us; the core morals and teachings of our three religions demand an unwavering commitment to peace. By bringing together a collection of each faith’s relevant teachings, we aim to contribute an authentic and substantive religious voice to the current peace movement, to activate Americans of faith to insist on peaceful solutions to local, national and global conflicts, and in particular to end the war and U.S. occupation in Iraq.

In spite of the tragic recurrence of war and conflict, we stand together to affirm that every person is sacred and precious to God. Although the traditions and texts of each Abrahamic faith at times allow for violence and war, peacemaking is so basic to our three faiths that justification of wanton destruction in the name of war is, we hold, a perversion of God’s will and plan for humanity.

Our purpose is to illustrate clearly and faithfully that peacemaking is a core principle of each Abrahamic religion, that true peace is never achieved through domination, that even feelings of animosity do not justify violence, and that overly literal or misinterpreted readings of sacred texts and ancient events can lead to catastrophic consequences, especially in the 21st century.

The misuse of spiritual concepts to justify modern warfare is poisonous religious ideology, and it has led us astray from the path of peace, justice and the recognition of the sacred in the other. War in a nuclear age is simply not a moral option; nothing less than the survival of the planet and all its inhabitants is at stake.

Steve Wiebe

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