Nearly a thousand religious leaders from around the world convened to inaugurate the World Clergy Leadership Conference (WCLC), an initiative affiliated with UPF, in New York City on December 27. Designed to unite Christianity, the WCLC aims to promote global peace and reconciliation through family values and a healthy society. Many clergy weighed in on religious divisiveness among other issues plaguing society.
“We must highly value God’s Word and ourselves, our family, and our entire region,” said the special advisor to the Faith and Opportunity Initiative at the Office of Public Liaison at the White House. “The longest journey one can make is the journey from the head to the heart,” added Rev. Dr. Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. “Challenges of bridging communities goes hand in hand with the challenges within.” Afterwards, the participants joined thousands of religious leaders attending the Peace Starts With Me clergy rally at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, December 28, which served as the official launch of the WCLC.