The Abrahamic Family Reunion (AFR) project, funded by the Fetzer Institute, offers ways to use psychological and spiritual approaches in reconciling conflicts among Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the United States. AFR emphasizes our shared values of compassion and justice, explores positive historical precedents, and acknowledges collective traumas. By providing resources for organizations in its network, AFR seeks to enhance the possibility of contrition and reconciliation among civil and religious representatives of the three Abrahamic traditions.
The African Centers for Peace Education and Training offers links to peace education and training centers around Africa, as well as highlighting some of the current events impacting progress toward peaceful stability.
The American Friends Service Committee is an international organization which works towards the abolition of war and the security of human rights. Providing educational resources and programs throughout the world to promote peace, justice, and international understanding, each program focuses on one area of the world, be it the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, or the Caribbean. National and regional staff members represent AFSC in coalitions working for disarmament and human rights.
With peacebuilding programs throughout the world, Catholic Relief Services supports peacebuilding activities in over 40 countries. Catholic Relief Services provides direct aid to the poor, and involves people in their own development, helping them to realize their potential. Catholic Relief Services educates the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our brothers and sisters around the world by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.
The Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking provides courses and seminars in restorative intervention and victim services. They are centered in Minnesota and they put on courses and programs throughout the United States. Their programs on peacebuilding include Peacemaking and Spirituality, and Peacemaker Circles in Schools and Communities courses.
ChangeTheStory.net is an online resource aimed at transforming harmful stereotypes about Muslims that persist in society, and to help people, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, to learn and understand each other better. The website offers videos, resources on Islam, lesson plans for exploring Islam in the classroom, and information on exchange programs and university groups.
The Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministries (ChI), is an expansive and embracing Interfaith context in which to fulfill a calling to spiritual service. Students are encouraged to find their unique pathways to communication with the Divine in all aspects of life—and in so doing, to define their personal call to ministry and chaplaincy. ChI is an inclusive seminary experience for body, heart, mind and spirit. It was launched by clergy who saw a need for deeper Inter-faith dialogue, and for building bridges of understanding across religious divides to bring peace and understanding to today's world. Founded by Rev. Dr. Halpern in 1999, ChI's curriculum reflects and responds to the changing climate of religious and spiritual life within the United States.
The Coexistence Intiative follows the purpose of “creating a world safe for difference.” Centered in New York, they organize many peacebuilding workshops and research inquiries mainly in the United States with a few global programs. They serve as a resource and a network for many peacebuilding institutions and programs.
Common Peace builds a culture of nonviolence and peace through education, research, and transformation. It hosts many programs and educational opportunities associated with nonviolent peace, mainly in the Southern California and Los Angeles areas.
The School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont holds intensive peacebuilding classes and Youth Peacebuilding Camps. Their president says, "Our vision is peace through understanding. Our mission: to help build it." They work together with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.
The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) seeks to unite the strengths of existing organizations, projects and peoples in building a Culture of Peace for future generations. Established in 1983, CPI enables global Peacebuilders to instantly network, share inspiration, discuss ideas, and collaborate on projects and events.
The conflict transformation Program of Eastern Mennonite University offers outstanding interactive courses each year in May/June. The Summer Peacebuilding Institute provides specialized and intensive training in peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and restorative justice. Institute and classes are in Harrisonburg, VA, USA.
ECREA is focused on the main social, economic, and political issues in Fiji. They offer programs and courses including Economic and Social Justice and Gender and Peace.
The Ecumenical Peace Institute is an explicitly multiracial, interfaith, and activist group working towards peace. They focus on the issues of racism, militarism, and materialism and they provide education, reflection, and non-violent action to counter these issues. They seek to change perpetuating systems and to develop a community of justice locally and worldwide.
The annual Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace brings together people from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, educators, teachers and scholars, people from artistic and cultural backgrounds, people from diverse cultures and traditions, and people from across Scotland and internationally.
Faith Initiative Interfaith Magazine, published by Initiative Interfaith Trust, a URI Affiliate, provides educational resources and information on topics of interfaith and inter-religious relations.
The largest and oldest interfaith peace organization begun in the United States. Fellowship of Reconciliation seeks to replace violence, war, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. They are an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change. They educate, train, build coalitions, and engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally.
Global Volunteers is an NGO with consultative status with the UN and functions as a foundation for peace through mutual international understanding. Centered in Minnesota, USA, they use volunteers to live and work with local people in developing international areas to help with human and economic development.
Good New Agency prints positive and constructive global news and distributes publications to many international countries. It is free of charge and carries a positive and peaceful global message.
The Hague Appeal for Peace hosts major world peace conferences and stresses peace education through their global campaign for peace education. The site features a substantial section with sample lesson plans for peace education, reminiscent of the many peace education programs they host across the United States.
Interfaith Voices for Peace and Justice is a large network and directory which offers information and links to over 800 organizations actively seeking peace. They hope for people of all faiths to cooperate and share in the quest for peace and justice in the world.
Interfaith Youth Core helps build relationships on values such as hospitality and caring for the Earth, and how we can live out those values together to contribute to the betterment of our community. They do this by inspiring, networking, and resourcing young people, who are the leaders of this movement. They provide young people and the institutions that support them with leadership training, project resources and a connection to a broader movement.
The IARF is an international, inter-religious organization which works to preserve the human right for freedom of religion. They have consultant status with the United Nations and they have representatives in New York and Geneva.
The International Peace Research Association is committed to international peace research and the worldwide dissemination of peace research. They work on global peace studies and use the analyzed information to help assist and design peace training. They were awarded the UNESCO Peace Prize in 1989. They conduct research and provide resources internationally and also they are a great resource for finding peace institutions around the world.
The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue™ is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. It is designed to increase the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders. The Journal seeks to build an inter-religious community of scholars, in which people of different traditions learn from one another and work together for the common good.
Just Vision is a nonprofit organization that informs local and international audiences about under-documented Palestinian and Israeli joint civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. Using media and educational tools, they raise awareness in order to encourage civic participation in grassroots peace building.
The Karuna Center for Peacebuilding provides education opportunities in peacebuilding in the United States in partnership with CONTACT and the School for International Training in Vermont. Programs stress dialogue and reconciliation, and their international program locations include Bosnia, Israel, Kosovo, and Sri Lanka.
Life and Peace Institute is an international and ecumenical center for peace research and action. Located in Sweden, they offer global peace research and seminar opportunities.
The Listening Center designs and presents programs throughout the United States and internationally. Kay Lindahl, the author of the book, The Sacred Art of Listening, conducts classes, workshops and retreats on the sacred art of listening for religious, spiritual, community and business groups. Located in Southern California, USA.
Life and Peace Institute is an international and ecumenical center for peace research and action. Located in Sweden, they offer global peace research and seminar opportunities
The National Peace Academy supports, advances and nurtures cultures of peace by conducting research and facilitating learning toward the development of peace systems – local to global – and the development of the full spectrum of the peacebuilder – inner and outer, personal and professional.
The National Peace Foundation is an important USA national peace organization which promotes peacebuilding and conflict-resolution at every level. It helped in the founding of USIP and helps with national peace education throughout the United States. They are located in Washington D.C., USA.
An international non-profit peacebuilding, educational, and consulting organization centered in California, USA, Pathways to Peace works with other international non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and with the United Nations, to manifest peace in the world in all its diverse forms. The site also includes the “WE THE PEOPLES” Initiative for peace.
Pax Christi International is a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement that began in France at the end of World War II. Today, it is comprised of autonomous national sections, local groups, and affiliated organizations worldwide. The movement works in all areas of peace but has a specific focus on demilitarization, security and arms trade, development and human rights, and ecology. Pax Christi International’s work is based in spirituality. It is a Catholic organization but welcomes all religious groups and strives for dialogue and co-operation with non-governmental organizations and movements working in the same field-Christian, Jewish, Muslim and non-religious.
Peace Action works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, the development of a peace-oriented economy, an end to the international weapons trade, and promotes non-military solutions to international conflicts. Peace Action has a membership of 85,000 persons, 27 state affiliates, and over 100 local chapters, making it the largest membership and activist peace network in the United States. Peace Action members work for policy changes in Congress, state capitals, city halls and the United Nations.
Peace Brigades International is a NGO which protects human rights and supports nonviolent peace. Working on a global level, they make use of volunteers in areas of repression and conflict to make peace.
Begun by Louise Diamond, The Peace Company offers tools and technologies to replace a culture of violence with a culture of peace. The Peace Company offers many resources, including The Peace Book, and offers consulting opportunities and peace leadership programs in different areas in the United States. Centered in Vermont, USA.
The Peace Hour is a weekly broadcast with the mission of telling the stories of peace in action based on the principles of Respect for Life, Rejecting Violence, Sharing with Others, Listening to Understand, Preserving the Planet, and Contributing to Our Communities. Listen to The Peace Hour at www.KPFT.org (90.1 FM Houston).
Peace X Peace (pronounced "peace by peace") empowers women as the most effective means to enrich lives locally and promote peace globally. We connect women's groups ("Circles") in the United States with women's Circles everywhere in the world - directly via the Internet - for the exchange of information and personal experiences that typically result in mutually supportive actions.
PEACEBUILD conducts major Canadian peacebuilding surveys and analyzes the information in order to systematically discover the ideal path towards peace. Serving as a network for many Canadian NGOs and institutes, academics and other individuals from a wide range of sectors, including humanitarian assistance, development, conflict resolution, peace, faith communities and human rights, PEACEBUILD functions as a major resource and research institution for Canadian peacebuilding.
Peacebuilders is a community based program launched in schools that shifts the entire school climate to a peaceful, productive and safe place for faculty and students. They work in many schools throughout the United States.
Developed by HPCR International in partnership with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office and in cooperation with the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, the Initiative aims to enhance the work of peacebuilding practitioners and policy makers by facilitating information sharing, promoting critical discussion and building the peacebuilding community.
The Peres Center for Peace promotes peace in the Middle East. Their mission is to build an infrastructure of peace by and for the people of the Middle East that promotes socio-economic development, while advancing cooperation and mutual understanding.
ReliefWeb is an online gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance. ReliefWeb was launched in October 1996 and is administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Religions for Peace is a large international coalition of representatives from the world's great religions who are dedicated to achieving peace. Respecting cultural differences while celebrating common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled places on earth, creating multi-religious partnerships that mobilize the moral and social resources of religious people to address their shared problems.
Baptist Peace Fellowship
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Catholic Peace Fellowship
Church of God Peace Fellowship
Disciples Peace Fellowship
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Jewish Peace Fellowship
Lutheran Peace Fellowship
Orthodox Peace Fellowship
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Unitarian Universalist Peace Fellowship
The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement is popular globally, and is widely active in Sri-Lanka in a nonviolent movement to bring peace. Volunteers help bring about social change to thousands of villages in need through building community and practical needs. This particular branch hosted the largest peace meditation in history, involving about 650,000 people throughout Sri Lanka to meditate for peace. For another example of Shramadana, see "We Build the Road. The Road Builds Us." in Film & Video.
Spirit of Goodwill is a place where men and women of goodwill meet to share resources for achieving peace on Earth through the powerful use of 'goodwill' and invocation/prayer. They offer peace prayers and downloadable peace videos.
Teaching and Learning for Peace features peacebuilding activities for creating a peaceful world as well as peacebuilding activities and guidelines for peacebuilding educators, with an emphasis on "for the sake of the children."
The United Nation site on global peace and peacebuilding, UNESCO strives for a "Culture of Peace," defined as "a set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations."
The Unites States Institute of Peace has a mission to strengthen the nation’s capabilities to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. They are an independent and non-partisan federal institution that specializes in providing the best in peace education and training.
The University for Peace, chartered by the UN, is an international institution of higher education offering a Masters Degree and training programs at the main campus in Costa Rica and also in Africa and Central Asia.
The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding is a regional network of peacebuilding initiatives in West Africa. They offer six programs including Peace and Active Nonviolence Education and Prevention Peacebuilding. The director, Samuel Doe, was trained and teaches at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University.
The World Congress of Faith works to develop better understanding, co-operation and respect between people of different faiths. They publish the leading journal on interfaith matters called World Faith Encounters.
The World Peace Prayer Society offers a wealth of world peace prayers, peace poles, and world peace ceremonies. This site is a wonderful aid to anyone seeking to celebrate or usher in world peace.
Young Spirit Foundation is dedicated to changing the way we think about education, promoting wisdom and connection in the lives of young people, and making learning as much a personal journey as a path to employment. One of Young Spirit Foundations' main projects is Go Beyond - an interfaith youth network in the San Francisco, California Bay Area which creates opportunities for dialogue, service, stories, the arts, and shared experience among people who might not otherwise meet.