May 14-19 2013
A diverse group of persons from all over the world and from many walks of life who consider themselves friends of both Israel and Palestine, and who are deeply concerned about the ongoing search to bring lasting peace between the two, will meet in Jerusalem on May 14-19, 2013.
The occasion will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Middle East Peace Initiative (MEPI), launched by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who also founded of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) among many other peace-related organisations.
MEPI was established in 2003 as a global movement of persons concerned to help bring lasting peace and reconciliation in the region. The search for interreligious harmony, especially between the 3 Abrahamic Faiths, has always been at the heart of this quest. Thus, MEPI participants, of whom there have been over 14,000 to date, tend to see themselves to some extent as interfaith pilgrims who rally in the Holy Land to further the cause of reconciliation and build bridges of peace between moderates on either side of the political, religious, ethnic and other divides that lie at the heart of the conflict there. Participants have included religious and interfaith leaders from all faiths, scholars, politicians, government officials, as well as people from the widest variety of professions, disciplines and backgrounds.
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