The most important conference you've never heard of is happening in Japan this weekend

The G20 Interfaith Forum is meeting in Tokyo ahead of the secular G20 Summit in Osaka later this month.

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  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    June 8, 2019 10:43 p.m.

    Not all scholars are men or women of God.
    Not all religious scholars are men or women of God.
    Since you likely do not know the religious scholars from BYU(or from anywhere else for that matter) better you should withhold opinions until you truly know.
    I can promise you one thing, simply ask a few people who know the scholars from BYU and you will soon learn if they are truly men or women of God.

  • Born in Bountiful Provo, Utah
    June 7, 2019 4:51 p.m.

    I cheer the participants. I pray that their efforts will touch at least a few of the leaders of the world, even if the organization isn't big enough to get a politician's attention. I am encouraged that after 6 years, the organization still exists and is slowly growing.

  • Joe Hilll Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2019 2:39 p.m.

    @Not another naysayer
    The religious right has proven long ago that religion and morality are far from synonymous

  • Not another naysayer Lehi, UT
    June 7, 2019 11:33 a.m.

    Yes, this event and others like it are so very important in a world that quickly is turning their backs on faith and morals.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    June 7, 2019 11:27 a.m.

    There is much irony in this article, ranging from using a picture of a US warship to place the story in Tokyo. Why not use a archival picture of the USS Missouri, and make the current religious 'militancy' clear.

    Then the article make reference to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the late King of Saudi Arabia, where there is anything but religious freedom, and there is no dialog on going to change that in any significant way.

    If religious freedom is a goal of the participants of this conference, let them start at home.

    In the case of the the US, the various major churches could campaign against using religious grounds for justifying discrimination, or using religious grounds to impost a particular moral code.

    If religious groups want to preach peace and love, let them show such fruits of their labors.

    Otherwise the world has seen enough of the type of dialog that has been exhibited by religious groups, when they have had full access to the power of the state.

  • ji_ Ketchikan, AK
    June 7, 2019 6:48 a.m.

    “Why these religious leaders (including one from BYU)...”

    Maybe the one from BYU is better styled as a religious scholar, instead of as a religious leader?

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    June 7, 2019 4:46 a.m.

    I think that the G20 Interfaith Forum will garner as much attention in the secular world as it appears to have captured in the spiritual world. Based on the photos of the opening events it appears that about 20 people were present.