Statement in Response to 2016 Presidential Election

Like so many of you, we at Religions for Peace USA are in the process of seeking to absorb and understand what the events of the 2016 Presidential election tell us about our efforts as people committed to peace-building, equality and human dignity. We begin with this...

A Word from the Executive Director

At the center of Religions for Peace USA is a living network of relationships among people of different religions and cultures.  Some understanding or experience of “relationship” likely lies at the very core of religion and spirituality—this transforming sense that...

Mustard Seed Work

“These types of gatherings help keep me from being discouraged.”  These were the words one pastor shared towards the end of our luncheon.  I resonated with his sentiment.  Though we at Religions for Peace USA are calling these meetings to help better support local...

What it Takes

Phyllis Schlafly passed away last week. There are some people on the left side of the political spectrum – many of them people I respect and agree with – for whom this news was met with a sort of ghoulish adulation. Why? Because for many it is all to easy to reduce...

Training Religious Leaders

The importance of religious institutions to the social fabric of the U.S. relegates an equally high importance to the training and networking of religious leaders. Throughout the history of Religions for Peace USA our work has consistently focused on the convening and...

Storytelling & Interfaith Work

My very first job in the communications field was as an editorial intern for a newspaper in my hometown of Philadelphia. My main task, standard in any newsroom, was to fact check the stories the paper was running that week. Primarily this involved calling the subjects...

Regional Organizer Emily Baird-Chrisohon on Six Months of ASATT

Religions for Peace USA began its work in Knoxville in January of this year by calling together a group of local faith and community leaders, representing many religious traditions, for dinner and discussion.  This group, now called the Core Team, meets monthly to...

A Word from the Executive Director

As we all know, the seeming deluge of violence and war around the world has made it difficult to properly address any once incident with proper substance. Every time I made a start on this essay, yet another tragic, devastating act would cause our world to erupt – and...

Religions for Peace USA Statement on Orlando Shooting

Statement on the Orlando Tragedy and Suffering Religions for Peace USA June 12, 2016   On behalf of our 50 national religious member communities, Religions for Peace USA lifts up prayers and sends our deepest condolences to the victims of the sickening attack...