Global Campaign “Faith Over Fear” Announced by Religions for Peace and UNICEF

“There are no walls high enough to protect us from the suffering of refugees. Each believer, each mosque, synagogue, church and temple can make a vital difference.” Dr Willian Vendley

In response to the unprecedented global refugee crisis, Religions for Peace, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace, and UNICEF have announced the launch of a worldwide “Faith Over Fear” campaign ( This new campaign calls on religious people and leaders of all denominations to overcome fear, misunderstandings and stereotypes to publicly commit to welcoming and supporting refugees.

“Faith Over Fear” is being launched by Religions for Peace and UNICEF along with a global coalition of religious leaders and faith communities around the world, including: Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General Religions for Peace International; H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel, Vice President, Conference of European Churches; Ayatollah Seyed Mustafa Mohaghegh Ahmadabadi Damad, Dean of the Department of Islamic Studies at the Academy of Sciences of Iran; Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Co-Founder of Zaytuna College; Rev. Kosho Niwano, President-Designate of Rissho Kosei-Kai; H.E John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria; Prof. Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, Professor at St. Olaf College; H.E. Dr. Mohammed Sammak, Secretary General of the Christian-Muslim Committee for Dialogue; Dr. Anthony Annett, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor for Religions for Peace International; and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

“Diverse religious communities share the conviction that caring for refugees is an urgent religious…

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