War to the left of us and injustice to the right.
If we take a moment to live outside of our day-to-day lives we would notice the struggles of our community on both a local and global level. Chicago is a great city to live in because of all of the organizations coming together to advocate for those without a voice and to truly make a positive difference in the lives of their neighbors.
Amongst the hundreds of organizations, nonprofits and NGOs working hard in Chicago, HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light) is unique because of two main reasons—
One of the primary causes of conflict and war has been religion. HWPL brings together religious leaders using scripture with a common objective that all religious scriptures pursue the realization of peace, justice, conflict resolution, human dignity, and valuing diversity. These pure intentions and messages are often overlooked by people, leading to peace becoming an elusive concept. Thus, along with the diverse backgrounds from various factors that create conflicts, target the root cause of hostility between faiths, which we define as the misunderstandings that arise from the misinterpretation of scriptures. Monthly dialogues are held with topics that bring together all faiths to gather, discuss and realize peace together as one.
The second unique noble appeal is the international peace law—The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). This law was developed by distinguished international law experts from 15 different countries, and proclaimed on March 14 , 2016 in the form of a Preamble, 10 articles and 38 clauses. The DPCW challenges national and religious conflicts, cultural bias and ethnic hatred that have hindered the movement of peace, and these elements of division have made it even harder to effectively cope with global conflicts.
This international peace law brings leaders in politics, legal fields, the press, and faith-based organizations as well as civil society through collaborative activities—advocating for peace within our communities and globally.
HWPL Chicago is one branch of over 200 branches around the world. We are connecting this peace law for all to come together as one. Below are the articles for reference to show how applicable they can be for any person with a heart for peace. I encourage people from all walks to work with us as we make steps to not just implement this new law but live it out starting today.
The 10 articles of the DPCW follow:
- Article 1 | Prohibition of the threat or use of force
- Article 2 | War potential
- Article 3 | Friendly relations and the prohibition of acts of aggression
- Article 4 | State boundaries
- Article 5 | Self-determination
- Article 6 | Dispute settlement
- Article 7 | Right to self-defence
- Article 8 | Freedom of religion
- Article 9 | Religion, ethnic identity and peace
- Article 10 | Spreading a culture of peace