July 26th is recognized as One Voice Day. It’s a celebration of the things that bring us together, a call for peace amidst differences. Several people of different races, religions, ages, and backgrounds worked together from October 1996 to April 1997 to create a document which would be titled the Universal Peace Covenant.
Humans are beautiful, terrible, and everything in between. They can display incredible generosity and selflessness or commit cruel atrocities. One voice day chooses to focus on the positive aspects of people, on peace and unity. It is a call to action, a desire to recognize what brings us together even when things threaten to tear us apart.
This document characterizes peace as the top human virtue. It is of the utmost importance to creating a better world. It is hope, it is comfort, it is life. If we can create world peace, we have achieved the ultimate goal and can live far more fulfilling lives.
The following is a copy of the Universal Peace Covenant:
Peace is the breath of our spirit.
It wells up from within the depths of our being to refresh, to heal, to inspire.
Peace is our birthright.
Our world is in the midst of change.
For millennia, we have contemplated, reasoned, and practiced the idea of peace. Yet the capacity to sustain peace eludes us. To transcend the limits of our own thinking we must acknowledge that peace is more than the cessation of conflict. For peace to move across the face of the earth we must realize, as the great philosophers and leaders before us, that all people desire peace. We hereby acknowledge this truth that is universal. Now humanity must desire those things that make for peace.
We affirm that peace is an idea whose time has come.
We call upon humanity to stand united, responding to the need for peace. We call upon each individual to create and foster a personal vision for peace. We call upon each family to generate and nurture peace within the home. We call upon each nation to encourage and support peace among its citizens. We call upon each leader, be they in the private home, house of worship or place of labor, to be a living example of peace for only in this way can we expect peace to move across the face of the earth.
World Peace begins within ourselves.
Arising from the spirit peace seeks expression through the mind, heart, and body of each individual. Government and laws cannot heal the heart. We must transcend whatever separates us. Through giving love and respect, dignity and comfort, we come to know peace. We learn to love our neighbors as we love ourselves bringing peace into the world. We hereby commit ourselves to this noble endeavor.
Peace is first a state of mind.
Peace affords the greatest opportunity for growth and learning which leads to personal happiness. Self-direction promotes inner peace and therefore leads to outer peace. We vow to heal ourselves through forgiveness, gratitude, and prayer. We commit to causing each and every day to be a fulfillment of our potential, both human and divine.
Peace is active, the motion of silence, of faith, of accord, of service.
It is not made in documents but in the minds and hearts of men and women. Peace is built through communication. The open exchange of ideas is necessary for discovery, for well-being, for growth, for progress whether within one person or among many. We vow to speak with sagacity, listen with equanimity, both free of prejudice, thus we will come to know that peace is liberty in tranquility.
Peace is achieved by those who fulfill their part of a greater plan.
Peace and security are attained by those societies where the individuals work closely to serve the common good of the whole. Peaceful coexistence between nations is the reflection of man’s inner tranquility magnified. Enlightened service to our fellowman brings peace to the one serving, and to the one receiving. We vow to live in peace by embracing truths that apply to us all.
Living peaceably begins by thinking peacefully.
We stand on the threshold of peace-filled understanding. We come together, all of humanity, young and old of all cultures from all nations. We vow to stand together as citizens of the Earth knowing that every question has an answer, every issue a resolution. As we stand, united in common purpose, we hereby commit ourselves in thought and action so we might know the power of peace in our lifetimes.
Peace be with us all ways. May Peace Prevail On Earth.
signed this 8th day of October, 1997, at the College of Metaphysics
Dr. Barbara Condron | Dr. Daniel Condron
Dr. Laurel Clark | Dr. Pam Blosser | Dr. Sheila Benjamin | Dr. Al Rohrer | Paul Blosser | Melanie McManus |
Linda Yeingst | Ernie Padilla | Teresa Padilla Terry Martin | Christine Andrews | Sharka Glet Jay McCormick |
Greg Hoeflicker | Lisa Kinser | John Clark | Patrick Andries | Damian Nordmann | Mari Hamersley | Terryll Nemeth | Paul Madar | Oliver Seger | Lyle Branson
John Harrison | Karen Low | Traci Byington |
Created in 1997 by faculty & students of the School of Metaphysics