The Interfaith Cooperation Forum was established following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and the subsequent “War on Terror.” The war became a divisive wedge between people of different religions and set the stage for further conflict and violence.
People of faith in Asia were concerned their religions were being manipulated for evil. About 40 people from all over the world came together in Medan, Indonesia in 2003 to brainstorm a way to respond. There the Interfaith Cooperation Forum was born as a way to bridge people from different countries and different faith backgrounds.
We agree that religion in itself is not the cause of conflict and violence. However, we must face the sad reality that religious identity and emotions are too often manipulated to further the self-centred goals of vested interests.
– From the final report based on the 2003 meeting in Indonesia.
During this meeting we affirmed all of our faiths teach love, peace, justice, compassion for those who suffer, equity, human dignity, and the oneness of the human family. With these as common values we committed ourselves to actions for interfaith “justpeace.”
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