Embodying the Grace of Peace

Having been invited to speak about “World Peace and Harmony,” I ask myself: What is the cause and nature of conflict in today's world? Does religion contribute to conflict as so many people assert? And can the idealistic calls for world peace by religious leaders produce any real effect? How can I speak anything more than truisms, sentimental clichés, and ideas we’ve all heard before? Can the teachings of the world’s great mystics effect any real change on the societal level or are these teachings meant only for personal transformation?