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Paddy Meskin: President WCRP-SA
Tel: +27-31 3735404
Email: tba
ML Sultan Campus, Durban University of Technology, ML Sultan Road, Durban 4001
© WCRP South Africa 2009
WCRP South Africa is part of the
African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL)

and
Religions for Peace (WCRP)
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Contents:
What is WCRP?
Twelve Guiding Principles
WCRP Aims & Objectives
Individual Donors for 2008 / Institutional Donors for 2007
Religions for Peace - Strategic Plan 2007


What is WCRP?

WCRP is a world-wide movement consisting of men and women  of faith who meet to share their concerns about the many factors and situations which threaten world peace and deny human dignity. Whilst we acknowledge that religious elements have too often aggravated  rather than reconciled existing tensions and conflicts, yet we would work together as religious people and with all people of goodwill for the realization of a world free from violence – a world in which all people may live in freedom, justice and peace.
To this end members of WCRP throughout the world have since 1970 given their attention to promoting dialogue on disarmament, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, children’s rights, gender equality, the environment and HIV AIDS.

WCRP / HACI Meeting in Nairobi June 2002


Twelve Guiding Principles

The following are the guiding principles to which we as WCRP-SA adhere as an organization:

  1. We are committed to our respective faiths  and at the same time striving for inter-religious understanding and cooperation.
  2. We are concerned over the lack of unity and peace in our land.
  3. We are convinced that each of our different faiths expresses itself clearly in favour of justice and harmony in society.
  4. We recognize our religious differences and respect one another's convictions and hopes.
  5. We regret that religion has in the past been instrumental in separating us from one another.
  6. We refuse to be polarized by suspicion, ignorance and intolerance.
  7. We do not intend to start a new universal religion which replaces all our different faiths.
  8. We do not suggest that the missionary efforts of religions should come to an end.
  9. We do not accept that religious communities should withdraw from the problems and tensions of society.
  10. We want to clarify and stress the role of religion in all concerns involving justice and peace.
  11. We want to promote mutual understanding between religious communities.
  12. We want to foster closer inter-religious co-operation in addressing the ills of our society.


WCRP AIMS & OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of this non-profit association of religious organizations are as follows:

  • To share among leaders and adherents of all religions, especially those present in South Africa, knowledge of the sanctions and traditions of each religion for world peace and just international relations;
  • To discover and implement common religious principles conducive to the peace of the human community on every level – local, national, regional, international – recognizing that there are different religious approaches and backgrounds;
  • To discuss urgent present obstacles to peace and justice in the light of common religious principles with the view to facilitating common action;
  • To give every support to religious and other leaders who are working actively in the cause of peace and of mutual understanding essential to peace, and to draw other leaders into this effort;
  • To clarify and stress the role of religion in secular concerns, above all in those involving peace, justice and mutual understanding, and
  • To promote fellowship across religious lines and to develop a corps of co-workers to open and maintain channels of communication in the service of peace.


INDIVIDUAL DONORS FOR 2008

INSTITUTIONAL DONORS FOR 2007
FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS


FOUNDATIONS
Jakamar Trust
Daitz Foundation

INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES and NGOs
Constella Futures
UNFPA
Ford Foundation
Health Policy Initiative
NORAD