Sunday, June 30, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL's 1st International Christian Peace Academy Online!



[HWPL] HWPL's 1st International Christian Peace Academy Online!

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article regarding HWPL's 1st International Christian Peace Academy hosted online :)

The First International Christian Peace Academy (ICPA)

On April 6th, and 13th of 2024, HWPL hosted the International Christian Peace Academy (ICPA) online. Over 600 Christian pastors from 61 countries gathered to share and learn about the teachings of the different Christian denominations.

Prior to the ICPA, HWPL hosted the International Religious Peace Academy (IRPA) with the aim of spreading a culture of peace through education. The IRPA, as well as the ICPA, were planned and conducted in line with the UN General Assembly resolution (A/RES/53/243, 1999), and the Sustainable Development Goal 16 of “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, as well as Article 10 of the DPCW (Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War) titled, “Spreading a Culture of Peace”. Religious leaders of the world could gather through the IRPA with sincere aspirations of learning about each other’s religions and teachings, thus embracing a culture of peace.

Furthermore, HWPL launched the International Christian Peace Academy (ICPA) as a platform where Christian pastors around the world could freely share and learn from each other based on sound doctrinal understanding. This is based on the fact that the divisions between numerous denominations within Christianity are rooted in different interpretations of the Bible, and that they run counter to the Christian spirit that emphasizes love and tolerance. In addition, the ICPA aimed to strengthen cooperation among pastors, lay the foundation for mutual respect, understanding, communication, and peace within Christianity, and resolve conflicts through the establishment of accurate Bible knowledge and exchange of teachings between denominations.

Christian religious leaders from the Anglican Church, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, Presbyterian Church, Orthodox Church, Catholic Church delivered short lectures on the topic of “Matthew Chapter 24 – the Events of Jesus’ Second Coming and Signs of the End of the Age” for the first week and on the topic of “Revelation Chapter 7 – 144,000 and Great Multitude in White of 12 Tribes of Israel Who Are Sealed” for the second week. Through the 15-minute long lectures, attendees were able to explore the doctrinal differences between each denomination and at the same time discover commonalities.

Dong-soon Lim, pastor of Yesarang Church, a Korean Baptist Christian church, shared his thoughts on the ICPA sessions, saying, “I was able to learn about the differences in views of the Bible between people from different denominations, and how the Bible is understood within each denomination.”

Through the ICPA lectures, HWPL hopes to help Christian leaders around the world gain diverse perspectives and a deeper understanding of biblical knowledge and play a leading role in establishing a culture of peace by resolving conflicts within Christianity.

We are One!

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