From May 18 through May 25, 2011, some 1,000 convocation participants explored world peace among people in Kingston, Jamaica at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC).
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew -- leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world -- told the participants in a video-recorded message, "As faithful disciples of the Lord of peace, we must constantly pursue and persistently proclaim alternative ways that reject violence and war. Human conflict may well be inevitable in our world, but war and violence are not."
Patriarch Bartholomew is correct in asserting that war and violence are not inevitable. They could be prevented if man were not so arrogant, and sought power over his fellowman, primarily by means of territorial conquest.
The IEPC ultimate goal of achieving peace throughout the world will not be an easy goal to accomplish. Nonetheless, the Christian Church has initiated an important harbinger to end violence and war among nations, thus allowing mankind to live in a more civilized and harmonious world order.
Whether or not this call for world peace is adhered to by the nations of the world remains to be seen. In any event, the IEPC's action to achieve peace is a critical first step in a sincere endeavor to end man's inhumanity to man, once and for all.