Ring for Peace

The Ring for Peace was inaugurated during the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace in 2019. During the World Assembly 2019, a central theme was the improvement of the protection of religious sites.

The Ring for Peace can create an awareness of the need to protect such sites. The Ring for Peace stands for connecting and not excluding. On the contrary, as a symbol of fidelity, truthfulness and honesty, it is found in many world religions: in the wheel of life of the Buddhists, in the signet ring of the Prophet Muhammad in Islam, in Solomon’s ring in Judaism or in Lessing’s Ring Parable, which is considered a key text of the Enlightenment and a manifesto of tolerance. As a “round whole”, in itself equal and perfect, the ring is intended to illustrate the characteristics of the world religions, which complement and complete each other. In their unity they embody the entirety of the consciousness.

The Ring for Peace now carries this idea further into the world as a brand in the logo of the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society. The long-term goal is for this Ring to become the symbol of protection that will take on a similar function to the Red Cross or the Red Crescent.

The Design

The Berlin wood sculptor Gisbert Baarmann designed the 7.5 meter high wooden ring in the form of a Moebius strip. It is made of larch wood and the 36 woods used come from all over the world and from certified cultivation.

The sculpture was erected in August 2019 in the Lindau Luitpoldpark directly on the shore of Lake Constance. The ring is now permanently located there, so that it will be available in the future as a place for multi-religious ceremonies and meetings in Lindau. The Ring is a gift of the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society to the city of Lindau.

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