Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization

A Four Page Summary of The IPCR Initiative [Note: All of the documents, resources, etc at the website of The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative ( ) are accessible for free. The IPCR Journal/Newsletter (Winter 2010-2011 issue, 58 pages) is referenced in this “Four Page Summary of The IPCR Initiative” because it is the most comprehensive short introduction to The IPCR Initiative yet created in the almost six years The IPCR Initiative has been on the Internet.]

Many Difficult Challenges Ahead

We now live in very complex world. There are many difficult challenges ahead.

These challenges include, but are not limited to:

a) global warming and reducing carbon emissions

b) peak oil and reducing dependence on petroleum based products

c) global inequities and the tragic cycles of malnutrition, disease, and death

d) an increasing world population requiring more resources when many resources are becoming more scarce (with a special emphasis on the increasing number of people who are consuming resources and ecological services indiscriminately)

e) cultures of violence, greed, corruption, and overindulgence—which have become so common that many of us accept such as inevitable; which are a significant part of the current crises of confidence in financial markets; and which are in many ways slowing the restructuring of investment priorities needed to respond to an increasing number of other critical challenges

f) a marginalization of the wisdom associated with religious, spiritual, and moral traditions

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