About Us

Religions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting peace.Respecting religious differences while celebrating our common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled areas of the world, creating multi-religious partnerships to confront our most dire issues: stopping war, ending poverty, and protecting the earth.

Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race, class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is needed most.

Founded in 1970, Religions for Peace enables these communities to unleash their enormous potential for common action. Some of Religions for Peace’s recent successes include building a new climate of reconciliation in Iraq; mediating dialogue among warring factions in Sierra Leone; organizing an international network of religious women’s organizations; and establishing an extraordinary program to assist the millions of children affected by Africa’s AIDS pandemic, the Hope for African Children Initiative.

Religions for Peace brings together hundreds of key religious leaders every five years to discuss the great issues of our time. In August 2006, the Eighth World Assembly convened in Kyoto.

Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; five regional inter-religious bodies and more than seventy national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Youth Network.


Ms. Annette Blum, The Blum Family Foundation
The Honorable John Brademas
Mrs. Christina Lee Brown
Mr. Owsley Brown II
The Japanese Trustees Group
Mr. John Kiser III, The William and Mary Greve Foundation
Mr. Abdul Marafie, The Marafie Foundation
Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, The Arigatou Foundation
The Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. McClarty III
Ms. Aruna Oswal
Ms. Idanna Pucci
Mr. Martin Schøyen
Rev. Norio Sakai
Dr. Mohammed Ahmed al-Sherif
Mr. Terence Ward
Mr. Sam Worthington


Catholic Relief Services, Latin American and Caribbean Regional Offices
Catholic Relief Services, Tirana, Albania
Church World Service
European Council of Religious Leaders
Finnish Church Aid
Lutheran World Relief
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Norwegian Church Aid
Religions for Peace Japan
Rissho Kosei-kai

The Arigatou Foundation
Bhogilal Leherchand Foundation
Blum Family Foundation
The Ford Foundation
The Diane Goldin Institute
Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace
Marafie Foundation-Kuwait
William and Mary Greve Foundation

CARE International, Inc.
Constella Futures
Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
Pan American Health Organization
Plan International
UN Millennium Campaign
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
World Vision

Argentine Republic, Department for Social Policy & Human Development
Republic of Finland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Helsinki Process
Royal Government of the Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)