The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia has committed the resources of its congregations, members, and rich religious traditions to imagining our region as a zone of peace, free of fear, filled with respect, and marked by deeds of kindness.
Zones of Peace is a region-wide interfaith movement of churches, synagogues, mosques, other houses of worship, schools, and community-based organizations working to address the root causes of violence and make us safer in the communities where we live, work, and play. Zones of Peace recognizes organizations that are pioneering creative responses to violence and elevates their leadership.
Zones of Peace communities understand that violence takes on many shapes—from poverty in our neighborhoods to bullying in our schools and fear in our homes; recognized Zones of Peace seek unique ways to address the challenges most palpable in their neighborhoods. Programs and projects could include:
Care for children impacted by abuse, neglect, and mental illness
Food distribution to people experiencing hunger
Healthcare services for people who lack insurance
Safe havens for youth
Efforts to reduce neighborhood crime
I commit as an individual: to promote peace in my home and community.
I commit to work with others to eliminate the causes of hatred, to honor dignity of all people, to lay down our weapons, and to find non-violent solutions when tempted to hurt another.
I commit to be an instrument of God’s peace: to make my home and neighborhood zones of peace, free of fear, filled with respect, and marked by deeds of kindness.