Religious leaders want to get the attention of world leaders. What's the right approach?

Here are a few key takeaways from this year's G20 Interfaith Forum.

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  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2019 9:12 a.m.

    There is a danger in becoming just another political voice, if the issues are not limited to clearly humanitarian crises including persecution of religious minorities, humanitarian aid, slavery, etc..

  • Happs ,
    June 10, 2019 1:32 p.m.

    I am neither Catholic nor LDS but what has impressed me are the growing numbers of young people who have entered Catholic orders such as the Dominican Sisters of Mary who are given only training and their basic needs yet vow to go forth teaching reading and writing to children of remote and impoverished areas. Our country is in great need of real education. Only 37% of black youth in California can read at an eight grade level. These people are not seeking to influence corporations but in the end I think they may have the most influence.

  • AmkaProblemka South Jordan, UT
    June 10, 2019 6:54 a.m.

    Love what this article has to say. A lot of big problems need big solutions that require some institutional organization and implementation. I agree that we can probably do more backing away from politicians and working together as faith groups to solve the problems of world hunger, refugees, access to health care and education, etc. Each of as faith groups and as individuals have different strengths we can bring to the table. Lead the way, and the people will follow. Solutions will come. Then, added bonus, the politicians will start listening because it’s from the people they get their power.

  • Jonsur Cibolo, TX
    June 9, 2019 5:33 p.m.

    It seems like many people are tired of how certain religious leaders and institutions have used their power for their own benefit. Look at how certain Christian denominations how embraced leaders like Trump and abused their power to rob the poor so they can have mansions and private jets. They also appear to be tired of various religious organizations that seem to care more about protecting abusers than victims. People have lost faith in organized religion because many individuals and organizations have abused their power and the trust people had in them. They need to earn that trust back with sincere effort and action.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    June 9, 2019 5:31 p.m.

    World nonprofit corporate organized religion is big competitive commercial business enterprises. They produce massive revenue and income. They should be made into for profit corporations and pay taxes the same as other international corporations. And then like other big corporations they can have their lobbyists give money to politicians. Nothing gets politicians attention like money .

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    June 9, 2019 5:00 p.m.

    Having done my LDS reading for Sunday School, I know that the Lord warned the believers that the world would hate them. John 15.

    And I recall that we will be excoriated as "peculiar."

    Yet, acceptance seems to be more important these days than the voice of warning. We seem to enjoy our role as the National Prayer Breakfast, UN speeches and the G20 Summit...though there is sometimes an entry fee to be part of some of these activities. Donate $1 million to UNHCR and you'll be invited to speak. Hmm.

    Does the world still hate you? Or did you just buy a photo op?

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 9, 2019 3:30 p.m.

    World leaders are handcuffed by religious discrimination. I say religious folks mind to their own business and not affect public policy with their unfounded bias.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    June 9, 2019 10:34 a.m.

    I like the comment about religious leaders living in fear. That’s insightful. We’d all benefit by taking a worldview based on hope, trusting that God’s plan will happen one way or another. In Utah, religion does a lot of good. But it’s often used to impose one morality over another. I imagine the situation is the same in catholic or Muslim dominated areas. Nobody likes having morality imposed on them. Maybe religions will have more success if they offer humanitarian relief with no preconditions.