Interfaith: Joining Together for Peace

The universal recognition of the soul’s desire for peace is clear in these excerpts from writings of Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Haudensosaunee traditions.

“Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things.” (Haudenosaunee)

“The noble-minded dedicate themselves to the promotion of peace and the happiness of others – even those who injure them. (Hinduism)

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Judaism)

“Conquer your foe by force and you increase his anger. Conquer by love and you will reap no after-sorrow.” (Buddhism)

“With kindness conquer rage; with goodness, malice; with generosity defeat all meanness. (Hinduism)

“Shall I tell you what acts are better than fasting, charity and prayers? Making peace between enemies are such acts.” (Islam)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Christianity)

May we, in the words of Gandhi, “cultivate in our daily life, as between ourselves, truthfulness, humility, tolerance, loving-kindness.”

Prayer: Lover of all nations, we pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our nations, in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, and in the world.

Peace Meditation adapted from prayer by Evelyn Donohoo: