Statement on 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

May 2015

Members of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders (EBWRL) Sign Statement on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. (signed by 65 World Religious Leaders, listed below):

“In light of the observance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders recalls five lessons learned during its most recent meeting on the theme of “Memory and Hope”:

1. Truthfulness must guide us in dealing with all painful memories of the past, especially as these relate to conflicts and tensions between nations and religious communities. We cannot ignore our painful memories; we must make room for them to be brought to light, healed and transformed.

2. We must always keep open the horizons of hope and seek ways for transformation of memory and of human relationships.

3. If we seek to forgive and open new pages in our history, we must also prepare the ground for such forgiveness of others through repentance and asking for forgiveness.

4. The present era is one of dialogue. We believe that through the power of dialogue, bonds of friendship and recognition of the full humanity of the other can be established, so that even in times of war and crisis we do not lose perspective on the humanity and rights of the other.

5. Education is our primary tool for reaching our faith communities and education must include equipping our communities to move beyond pain to healing and to transforming painful memories. This will allow us to move towards a world in which the value of human life and the values of dignity, justice, reconciliation and the unity of humanity are upheld.”

Signed by members of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders:

Buddhist Leaders:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Jan Chozen Bays
Venerable Phra Dharmakosajarn
Venerable Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Dharma Master Hsin Tao
Sr Bhikkhuni Kusuma
Venerable Prof. Jinwol Sunim
Venerable Ashin Nyanissara (Sitagu/Thegon Sayadaw)
Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena
Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo

Christian Leaders:
Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion)
Prior Isabelle Flye-Saintmarie
Bishop Frank Griswold
Rev Dr Katharine Henderson
Bishop Lennart Koskinen
Dr. Dimitra Koukoura
Metropolitan Nikitas (Lulias) of Dardanellia
Archbishop Aram Atesian
Metropolitan Nifon
Very Rev June Osborne
Telesphore Toppo
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn
Rev Dr Notker Wolf

Leaders of the Religions of India:
Swami Agnivesh
Swami Amarananda
Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)
Swami Atmapriyananda
Jagadguru Karmayogi Charukeerty Bhattarak Swamiji
Chandraswami
Acharya Shri Shrivatsa Goswami
Sr Jayanti
H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati
H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh
His Holiness Sri Sri Sugunendra Tirtha Swamiji

Jewish Leaders:
Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron
Rabbi David Bigman
הרב יובל שרלו Rabbi Yuval Cherlow
Chief Rabbi She’ar Yashuv Cohen
Rabbi Menachem Hacohen
Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar
Rabbi Richard Marker
Rabbi Michael Melchior
Rabbi David Rosen
Chief Rabbi Sacks
Chief Rabbi René-Samuel Sirat
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Muslim Leaders:
Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah
Dr. Y. Mossa Basha
Imam Imam Plemon T. El-Amin
Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
Dr. Wahiduddin Khan
Sayyed Jawad Al-Khoei
Dr. Adamou Ndam Njoya
Imam Abduljalil Sajid
Dr Ahmed taoufiq
Muhammad Suheyl Umar

Additional Signatories:
Rav Joseph Levi, Chief Rabbi of Florence
Yitzhack Rubin
Wiktor Górecki