We formed our CC because we felt a need to rescue our heritage of indigenous values and to engage in intercultural dialogue. We value interfaith dialogue as a means of creating better understanding among religions and indigenous traditions. Qewna works with a lunar calendar related to the feasts of the Kolla culture of which all of us are a part. Our plan is to include children and youth and help them to be conscious of the importance of dialogue to strengthen the work for peace and the care for our Mother Nature - Pachamama.
This group has met and worked together since 2005, to promote cultures and ancestral wisdom. We aim to contribute in the processes of decolonization through reflection encounters and debates, reaffirming a new dawn for Bolivia. We've offered TV programs and workshops on topics such as inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, spirituality, education, and health. Through our activities and approach, we aim to promote the initiative to respect the earth and to take care of Mother Earth and global warming. We also want to bring awareness of water scarcity and of the melting of glaciers through documentaries and videos and to alert the community about what this represents for our community.
This organization was established in May 2015 when members organized a National Forum on Dialogue of Civilizations in China. They plan to continue to hold a yearly Forum to promote understanding and peaceful co-existence through dialogue among different cultures and religions within China and between China and the rest of the world. Membership of this Cooperation Circle includes more than 250 from Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Taoism and Islam. They have a vision of promoting peaceful co-existence among people of different religions and cultures through constructive dialogue.
The story began in May 2001, when a group of vibrant youth established a youth initiative at The University of Jordan Alumni Club to improve graduates' lives and professional skills and help our local community. We believe that to achieve real peace, we should establish cooperation between governments, NGO's and people based on religious tolerance, respect and intercultural understanding. Therefore, we established Quested Peace in June 2003 as a non-profit group, locally rooted in our traditions and committed to helping our community and connecting our endeavors globally for the creation of a more peaceful world. In January 2004, Quested Peace joined URI as a Cooperation Circle. Our activities include: voluntary work and community service, capacity building, local and global interfaith dialogue, intercultural exchanges, social and recreational activities, and networking.
Members of this Cooperation Circle consider themselves indigenous people, upholding the heritage of their ancestors, though they have become urbanized over time. They work for the recovery of their indigenous habits and traditions, the practice of agriculture, education and preservation of nature. Among members there are farmers, engineers, students and children. Approximately 700 people form their community, representing Cosmovision and the Catholic indigenous. Of their many important activities, they celebrate San Isidro Labrador on May 14th and 15th (San Isidro Labrador Celebration). For this event, they dance with the Saint on the way to the Church in Lagunillas in Zulia State. The Indigenous then join the rest of the community and practice a ritual at the shore of a lake. It is very important for them to share their roots and ancestors; they dream of one day creating a museum to show what the construction of their family homes were like. They also want to build a Bio-Touristic Garden so that they can show how over-regulation of the Indigenous lands harms the seeding process, affecting sacred plants and typical food. All of their activities take place with the presence of children of the neighboring schools but they want to extend these to all children and adults from around the world.