RFPUSA is a national interreligious affiliate of Religions for Peace, which supports a network of nearly 100 national and regional global affiliates. Religions for Peace came into formation in the 1960’s in response to an editorial to The New York Times by Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath. The Unitarian Universalist Association, Rissho Kosei-kai, and the Union for Reformed Judaism came together to establish Religions for Peace. Originally dubbed the World Conference on Religion and Peace, by 1970 it came together as a multi-nation global organization, established itself formally in the US, and was situated to interface with the United Nations and work with faiths on challenges such as violent conflict and the need for nuclear disarmament. US actors who worked on the global growth of what eventually became named simply Religions for Peace started an independent affiliate in US in 2000.
The organization identifies shared commitments among religious communities in the U.S., enhances mutual understanding among these communities, and facilitates collaboration to address issues of common concern. RFPUSA seeks to contribute to the well being of civil society and to advance peace-building efforts and reconciliation in the United States and throughout the world. Most of the communities affiliated with RFPUSA have national constituencies, which affords our organization the ability and potential to carry out programs in every locality. Moreover, RFPUSA is part of an extensive global network of Religions for Peace which has nearly 100 affiliates globally, including in some of the most challenging places in the world.
Our current Steering Commitee members are:
Moderator: Rev. Youngsook Kang, United Methodist Church
Secretary: Rev. Margaret Rose, The Episcopal Church
Treasurer: Mr. James Lynch, Risshō Kōsei Kai
Rabbi David Strauss, Union for Reform Judasim
Dr. Zahid Bukhari, Islamic Circle of North America – Council for Social Justice
Rev. Deyon Park, Won Buddhist International
Rev. Protopresbyter Dr. Nicolas Kazarian, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Religions for Peace USA inspires and advances common actions for peace through multi-religious cooperation among our nation’s religious communities.
Religions for Peace USA envisions a nation in which people of faith and goodwill live together in respect and mutual support, creating paths to peace and justice.