Composed of participants from more than 50 religious communities in the United States, Religions For Peace USA (RFPUSA) traces its roots back to the early 1970s, when it began as an office within the World Conference of Religions for Peace (now, Religions for Peace, or RFP). In 2000, the U.S. office formally established itself as an independent chapter of RFP called the United States Conference of Religions for Peace, and four years later it adopted its current name.
Describing itself as “the largest and most broadly-based representative multi-religious forum in the United States,” RFPUSA seeks to “enhanc[e] mutual understanding” among the followers of various faiths, so as to “contribute to the well being of civil society” and “advance peace-building efforts and reconciliation in the United States and throughout the world.” The organization's work focuses on three major priorities:
1) Building Community: To help “buil[d] relationships” between different religious communities, RFPUSA in 2008 published an “interfaith dialogue guide” titled InterActive Faith: The Essential Community Building Handbook. The organization also occasionally hosts retreats for leaders of religious and interfaith organizations; sponsors Interreligious Councils designed to “engag[e] religious leaders and their communities in multi-religious cooperation”; and sponsors Interfaith Academies that teach “people engaged in or training for leadership in various religious traditions” about other faiths.
RFPUSA further seeks to “build community” through its Joint Religious Leadership Coordination Summits, which strive to convince the leaders of the G8 and G20 nations to embrace the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. These Goals advocate international wealth redistribution as a means of “radically transform[ing] the economic systems and assumptions that have brought ... vast inequality between the rich and the poor.”
2) Addressing Diversity: One initiative under this heading is RFPUSA's Return to the Earth Project, which “supports Native Americans in burying unidentifiable ancestral remains now scattered across the United States and enables a process of education and reconciliation between Native and Non-Native people.” At issue are the “skulls and other remains of Native Americans” who were killed at various times in history by U.S. troops.
3) Examining the Role of the U.S. in the World: RFPUSA's “The People Speak” initiative is a nationwide series of dialogues designed to “engage local citizens to discuss the hard questions about America’s role in the world” with particular regard to “peace,” “human rights,” “development,” “Energy and the Global Economy,” and the Millennium Development Goals.
RFPUSA's council of presidents includes more than 20 senior officers of U.S.-based religious communities, including the aforementioned Naeem Baig and Islamic Society of North America president Mohamed Magid.
 Another RFPUSA Diversity project is 9/11 Unity Walk, which “creates ways for people of all faiths to walk together” as a means of “demonstrat[ing] that they are not willing to be divided by religion or subject to those seeking to divide.”
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