Religion is and always will be a core influence in determining the trends, outlooks and progression of our society. According to the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (IBMR), there are 500,000 religions in existence and of the 7.2 billion people in the world over 85% of the population identify themselves as being religious. Our world inevitably confronts questions and issues with religious undertones that have deep effects on our generation and future generations. Looking at this current status, the different principles and values of each religious scripture has played an important role in people’s search for peace. However, religious misunderstandings and the misinterpretation of religious texts due to different faiths has triggered religious hatred, persecutions, and conflicts involving physical violence.
Realizing this phenomenon, HWPL has turned its eyes to the alliance of religions initiative through the promotion of interfaith communication among religious leaders who play an integral role in educating their congregation about differences in religious beliefs which should not hinder the progress of establishing world peace. Solely based on religious scriptures, comparing and contrasting the most controversial issues such as the concept of peace and nature of human existence, HWPL’s interfaith communication has guided religious and non-religious communities to reach a consensus of principles required for the establishment of world peace.
The World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office Meetings are HWPL’s worldwide peace dialogue series in interfaith relations and scriptural texts. These meetings aim to prevent the conflicts caused by religious misunderstandings and bring forth peace through gaining deeper understandings of the standards and teachings of each religion and the concept of peace spoken about in each scripture. The Peace Offices that engage local and regional communities of all religions are arising all over the world. 179 offices are operating in 88 countries (as of July 2016), covering all continents, Europe, Oceania, America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, CIS and the numbers are increasing. Among various nations, global conflict zones such as the Middle East, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Nigeria have also opened WARP Offices and are taking proactive steps toward peace.
The Peace Office Meetings have become a global movement, and increasing numbers of influential religious leaders go beyond their roles and work as messengers of peace. This innovative task has stirred discussions among leaders of various faiths and has increased interaction between them. It has shown itself to be an effective tool to break down walls between religions and achieve our common goal: peace. These peace office meetings are becoming a way to create bridges between religions in all areas of the globe. Each successive peace meeting has become part of a larger global movement, increasing the number of influential religious leaders going beyond their roles and beginning the work as messengers of peace.