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About Us

In June 2012, religious communities in Myanmar came together to form Religions for Peace-Myanmar (RfP-M) as the country first full-fledged representative and action-oriented interreligious body for reconciliation, peace and development. RfP-M brings together all of the four major religions of Myanmar; Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism and was officially inaugurated in September 2012.

RfP-Myanmar is one of Religions for Peace’s 90 National Affiliates. RfP-M consists of Myanmar historic religious traditions and organizations including the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy; the Ratana Metta Organization (Buddhist); the Myanmar Council of Churches (MCC); the Catholic Church; the Sanatan Hindu Organization in Myanmar; and the Islamic Centre of Myanmar. RfP-M works at the national, regional and local levels and capitalizes on each organization ability to mobilize its existing infrastructure of thousands of local congregations. It offers a platform for religious leaders on joint advocacy, coordinated program response and training, mobilization of local communities around issues of public concern and for channeling resources through local congregations and other faith groups.

Mission

Communities with diverse religious beliefs live in peace and harmony in Myanmar.

Vision

Advance inter-communal harmony and social cohesion through interreligious cooperation.

Basic principles

  • Respect religious differences
  • Act on deeply held and widely shared values
  • Preserve the identity of each religious community
  • Honor the different ways religious communities are organized
  • Link local, regional and national religious and multi-religious structures

Purpose

  • To urge and motivate all religious adherents in Myanmar to make concerted and conscientious efforts at promoting peace and harmony
  • To promote the sharing of knowledge amongst religious communities, of their respective principles and values to build a peaceful and harmonious society in Myanmar and the world at large
  • To create a forum for deliberating and articulating common interests and concerns.
  • To plan and implement collaborative actions based on shared moral commitments in Myanmar and worldwide
  • To promote respect for unique traditions and differences in belief and action
  • To connect, liaise and cooperate with national and international religious bodies, organizations, communities and societies to promote and enhance lasting peace and universal harmony.