[gha] Re: International interfaith conference and workshops, Honolulu, August 30-September 6, 2014 + Its Direction to Peace from Harmony and for Harmony

  • From: hisaleem@xxxxxxx
  • To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:50:30 -0500 (EST)

Dear Leo,

Thank you very much for your supportive response.I appreciate that a lot. I am 
sorry for this delayed feedback. My response appears below, after each 
question, in red:

-----Original Message-----
From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
To: hisaleem <hisaleem@xxxxxxx>
Cc: gha <gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; peace-from-harmony p from harmony 
Sent: Tue, Jan 21, 2014 11:46 pm
Subject: Re: International interfaith conference and workshops, Honolulu, 
August 30-September 6, 2014 + Its Direction to Peace from Harmony and for 

Dear Saleem,

Thank you very much for your letter with your good news. 

Before offer you the GHA positive suggestions for your international interfaith 
conference (IIC), please, let me one very important remark. If you are reading 
the GHA projects, you may have noticed that the GHA appreciates Interfaith 
movement in two inseparable dimensions: peace and harmony, linking them 
together as: peace from harmony and for harmony. These timeless and universal 
values, which humanity and religions could not realize until now, is the 
essence and meaning of the Interfaith movement on the GHA credo. 

I agree. 

The world religions and their interfaith movement will only be justified as 
tools and the ways to implement peace from harmony and for harmony. Beyond 
these values ​​it is meaningless by and large. Unfortunately, GHA not see your 
support of our major peacebuilding projects: Global Peace Science and 
Monitoring Peace and War. We question involuntarily arises: Who is All 
Believers Network (ABN)? Peacekeepers or militarists? If you are peacekeepers 
and members of the GHA (You even have a Vice-President of GHA -USA that you 
somehow forgot), then why are you silent and we do not see your support for the 
GHA peace building projects? 

1.The All Believers Network (Belnet) explores the converging paths of religions 
to try to make this a more peaceful world. Our website is www.AllBelievers.net. 
Unfortunately, this wesbite is currently "inactive" as our webmaster had some 
health issues. You will note, for example, the Perception Survey is still not 
operative.Hopefully,we will have that position filled within a month. But,you 
can still get some idea about our mission and goals. 

2.In my personal life, I am currently trying to establish a new business 
(dealing with products from the neem tree). This keeps me very busy. Thus, 
while I read all GHA mail (which is interesting), I do not have time to respond 
to it. Following the adage "Silence is half consent", please look upon my 
silence on any issue as being supportive. I will share my comments only when I 
have any new information/idea to add.

3.I thank you for the honor of bestowing on my the title of Vice President. 
However, I don't think I can do this position full justice and will be happy if 
you could transfer this title to someone else.Besides, I am not sure I 
understand what does this position do.

We say this that you understand that the GHA support of your Conference 
possible only in one case: if you will clear articulate the values ​​of peace 
from harmony, interfaith harmony for peace and global peace science, and your 
conference will schedule a public discussion (of course, along with criticism) 
and support of the GHA relevant projects:
1. Monitoring Peace and War: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=588 
2. Global Peace Science: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585 
3. Center of Interfaith Harmonious Education: 
www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=561, and
4. World Interfaith Harmony: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541 
Could you include these projects in the Announcement, Contents and Invitation 
for your conference to invite its members to discuss their?

The discussion of these projects, their comparison with other similar, clear 
and firm position of the peace and harmony of your Conference will provide for 
it high moral, value and scientific level, raise the international prestige of 
your organization.

We invite GHA to present a 15-minute paper explaining these interesting 
projects. This is the same amount of time that will be available to other 
organizations. Since our main focus will be on discussing what can all 
organizations   do  collectively, our hope will be on each organization 
selecting specific ideas for implementation. The occasion will provide much 
opportunity for networking and building relationships.

The GHA invites you and Bruce Cook as leaders of GHA - USA, to provide these 
projects presentation at your Conference and their support in its final 

I thank you for your "vote of confidence." However, since I will have many 
other responsibilities as conference coordinator,I request Bruce to do the 
needful. Besides,he ismuch more knowdgeable about GHA than I am.Our final 
conference announcement,due by end February, will provide details on paper 
preparation and presentation.  

Your movement in this direction will be the development of your contribution to 
the Center of Interfaith Harmonious Education (CIHE): Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D., 
Islamic Road to Peace and Interfaith Harmony, The individual curriculum of GHA 
CIHE applied course on 96 hours for 1 year. April 8, 2013 

I had completely forgotten about this! Please give me till end 2014. Thanks.

Based upon the foregoing and for its development the GHA specific proposals for 
your Conference are as follows:
1. Create before Conference the Center for Monitoring Peace and War in the 
region of ABN.
Sorry! I won't have time to do any meaningful job on this in this short time.

2. Conduct a sociological survey in your ABN on question: Temples and Gods of 
different religions - are the Temples of Divine Harmony and Peace? - YES. NO. 
(If you end up with YES, you could offer this conclusion for the leaders of 
world religions and their Parliament for its recognition and inclusion in the 
definition of each world religion in the Age of Globalization, including 
religious globalization. Course, GHA will be happy to publish this survey and 
submit it to global level, including the UN and UNESCO).
Sorry! I won't have time to do any meaningful job on this in this short time 
either. However, the "Perception Survey" being conducted--on which we have 
already received about 400 responses (in its first phase) will go beyond 
answering "yes" or "no". It will underscore that it is the same "God" in all 
religions. Thus, we should not look at followers of other religions as 
"competition", but as complementation.

3. The GHA other proposals within Interfaith movement are formulated as 
proposals to the King of Jordan in GHA project "Harmony of World Religions" 
The GHA Offers to Jordan's King Abdullah II: 
 Below are the GHA Proposals List to the King of Jordan Abdullah II as the most 
worthy and favorable world leader of global harmony, World Harmony Creator 
(GHA) for he initiated in the UN the world's first conscious action of global 
harmony in the interfaith world of the 21st century and started a conscious 
movement of religions to global harmony:
1. Initiate the creation of the UN Committee of Interfaith Harmony o­n the 
basis of the ABC of Harmony. (GHA can prepare the project draft of this 
Committee o­n the basis of this project)
2. Create and lead the International Foundation of Harmonious Enlightenment for 
construction of Interfaith Harmony School around the world. (GHA can also 
prepare this project draft).
3. Create in Amman the International Academy of Harmony for training Interfaith 
Harmony schools teachers. (Project of this Harmony Academy was prepared in GHA: 
4. Initiate CLUB-2009: Union of the World Political Leaders to support a 
harmonious civilization o­n the basis of inter-faith harmony: 
5. Publish the GHA Interfaith Harmony project with a foreword by Jordan's King 
Abdullah II in large numbers (for example in 20,000 copies) in the UN 
languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. Half edition 
is distributed free among the different faiths in areas of social and religious 
tensions and conflicts.
6. Create in Amman the International Institute of World Interfaith Harmony o­n 
the ABC of Harmony base as a scientific theory of social harmony. GHA can 
provide this by scientific conception and key staff.
7. Finance the international comparative sociological study of Dynamics of the 
Spheral Classes of Population as Fundamental Actors of World Interfaith Harmony 
in 1950-2010 by decades in India, USA, Jordan, and Russia in the 6 months by 10 
sociologists with the publication of the final book. Approximate funding is 
about $ 100 thousand. Such a study can be conducted in any country of the world 
under the leadership of GHA sociologists. 
8. Organize the Third World Religions Congress "Global Interfaith Harmony 
Education" o­n February 1-7, 2015 in Amman, under the UN aegis. It will be 
logical development of the HM World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative. 
9. Initiate in the UN, as a development of your initiative 2010, a proposal of 
the UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2023, which will 
strengthen a harmonizing mission of state and religion in global society in a 
non-violent peacemaking way of qualitative renewal of the education system in 
the world, especially in the direction of interfaith harmony and harmonious 
consciousness of nations, instead of militarization. The main purpose of this 
Decade - to create 10,000 Centers (Schools) of IHE (CIHE, Center of Interfaith 
Harmonious Education) in the world, each year by 1,000, primarily in the areas 
of religious tensions: the Middle East, Ireland, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, 
Sudan, Mali, etc.

What do you think about all this? Are you ready to develop your conference 
design in this direction? 

This is a laudable list.The challenge with many proposals developed by the UN 
and other international agencies is that they usually end by suggesting what 
needs to be done; and not by affirming "this is what we'll do".We should use 
such proposals positively and use them to design our own implementation ideas. 
Thus,I see tremendous complementarities between this list (as ideas) and things 
that Belnet can do (as implementation).

We are pleased to invite all members of the GHA to discuss proposals for the 
ABN Conference in Honolulu. This will be a strong collective support and 
assistance to it for the sake of peace from harmony and for harmony. This will 
provide an important contribution of this Conference to global peace of the 
21st century. Thank you. 

Thanks,Leo. Your -- and GHA's -- support mean a lot. I hope many GHA members 
can join us.

With love, best harmony wishes,


Dr Leo Semashko:
State  Councillor  of  St.  Petersburg,
Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony;
Director:  Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA) since 2005;
Director, GHA Website "Peace from Harmony": www.peacefromharmony.org
Global Peace Science from Harmony: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585 
In Russian: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=606;
World Interfaith Harmony Project on the ABC of Harmony Base:
GHA Program Book, The ABC of Harmony for World Peace:
GHA Peace Video: http://youtu.be/hbxY5lREOeA;
My Web page: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=253;
Address: 7/4-42 Ho-Shi-Min Street, St. Petersburg 194356, Russia
Phone: 7 (812) 597-65-71; Skype: leo.semahko
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leo.semashko?ref=tn_tnmn

GHA- Honolulu

----- Original Message -----
  From: hisaleem@xxxxxxx, hisaleem@xxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 20 января 2014 г., 11:30:28
  Subject: International interfaith conference and workshops, Honolulu, August 
30-September 6, 2014

Dear Leo and fellow-GHA members,

We are happy to attach a preliminary announcement for a 3-day international 
interfaith conference, Exploring the Converging Paths of Religions, to be held 
in Honolulu, August 30 to September 1, 2014, followed by three days of 
workshops and group discussions (September 3-6), with a field trip to cultural 
sites around Oahu separating these two events. 

We would love to have GHA join us in co-sponsoring this event. "Co-sponsorship" 
simply means showing your moral support for the event; no financial obligation 
is involved. The event's current co-sponsors (all Honolulu-based) are the All 
Believers Network, University of Hawaii's Religion Department, and Milun 
(Association for Promoting South Asian Culture Center). 

We also invite GHA to present an overview paper summarizing GHA's experience in 
working "interfaithly" and suggesting steps we should consider in moving 
forward. Please also suggest names of other organizations having successful 
track records of interfaith activities that we should request for similar 

This conference was inspired by the interest shown by the approximately 110 
people who crowded into our meeting room at the Melbourne meeting of the 
Parliament of World's Religions (2009), when we  organized a concurrent 
session, "Exploring the Universality of God's Religion." 

We will be happy to provide additional information.

Saleem Ahmed,
President, All Believers Network
and Hawaii GHA member

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