This non-denominational organization was founded by Father John Nelson, of the Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ-on-the-Mount, in Woodstock, New York, United States. The church, in the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1891. We promote constructive dialogue and non-violent action around the world in the profound hope that we may achieve world-wide peace in our time, and for future generations.
- The Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ on the Mount
We are for Peace; we are against no one. We are not protesting against anyone or any thing. We invite people from all walks of life, be they liberal, conservative, rich, poor, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, atheist or agnostic, etc., to join with us. We believe in ending suffering, hunger, disease, strife; in promoting education, health care, and general well-being for all people. The simple act of people joining together in a walk for peace will make a powerful statement to the world. Join with us in our quest for peace.
What we believe:
We believe that peace can only realized through peace. Accusations, desire for retribution, etc., no matter how justified we and others may perceive them to be, can only cause further strife and animosity. We do not seek to depose any rulers, governments, or political parties; we seek only to open all hearts and minds to the peace and love which dwells within.
We wish peace to come even to terrorists, dictators, warlords, and pirates, and to all who wage war or thirst for revenge, for we understand that the desire for peace resides in their hearts, too; they are simply and tragically mistaken—they believe that the imposition of their methods will bring peace.
If history teaches us anything, it teaches us that imposing one group’s will upon another can never bring peace; it never has.*
By working together to end hunger and disease, to further economic development and education, by acting as responsible stewards of our natural resources, and by nurturing love and spirituality, we can bring peace to the world.
Let us then wage peace.
“In our ever-changing world of incredible natural wonders and seemingly timeless beauty, we all have been given a chance to share in the splendor of vast physical and spiritual realms. We are all here as caregivers to this place we call home, and it remains our joy to continue in the spirit of cooperation with all living things. And in this spirit, we invite every person to participate in a planet-wide initiative, promoting a renewable, sustainable consciousness of peace. Let us all walk in peace, as one unified force for a more tranquil planet.”
—Father John Nelson, International Council for World Peace
(click here for Father John’s interview in the documentary “American Heart”)
What it is:
A two-day gathering and celebration to advance the causes of peace and love; August 8 and 9, 2009, in Woodstock, NY, in homage to the fortieth anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival. On these two days, we are asking communities around the world to join with us in making the statement that we, all the people of the world, can no longer tolerate war or the ravages of war; that we can no longer bear the physical and economic injustices which are both the causes and the results of war, from the Middle-East to Sri Lanka to Darfur to Sudan, Somalia, the Amazon, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan—every place where man causes harm to other men, women, and children.
We are committed to the same principles of non-violent protest embraced by Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, and we likewise embrace the principles embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We are seeking participation from other like-minded people in communities throughout the world. We invite all of you to join us in Woodstock; if you are unable to, we are asking that you organize a walk for peace, on one or both of these days, in your town or city; it can be as simple as a one-mile walk with as few as ten people, or as complex as a thousands-strong walk with concerts, speeches, and other entertainments.
We will regularly post here the names and contact information of participating towns, cities, and organizers in order to help facilitate your efforts, and we will be issuing press releases regularly to numerous media outlets to obtain media exposure. We invite you to post links and comments on this site.
We stress that our mission doesn’t end here; it is an ongoing effort; we will organize and help facilitate more walks for peace, and other efforts to promote world peace in the future, and we invite your continuing participation. (See About Us and Peace FAQs)
What it isn’t:
This is not a place for partisanship, nor is this site intended as a forum to air grievances or point fingers; there are myriad sites already dedicated to that sort of thing. We are asking all commenters and participants to engage in the spirit of friendship, and to make positive contributions towards realizing our goals of universal peace and brotherhood.
It is also not a recreation of the original Woodstock festival; while we plan to have music and entertainment, our purpose is not to gather a half-million people in any one place, which would overwhelm local infrastructures; our only purpose is to promote peace. We ask all of you to obtain permits as may be locally required, and to cooperate fully with law enforcement.
* Note: Nearly all of the peace and anti-war websites to which we have linked promote this basic philosophy, though because it is so difficult to find completely neutral middle-east peace organizations, we’ve included group links under both “Islamic Peace Organizations” and “Middle East Peace Organizations”; some of the sites listed under those links are unfortunately strongly partisan, so we urge you to act judiciously.
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