Here are a few key takeaways from this year's G20 Interfaith Forum.
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..
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.
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.
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
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
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?
World leaders are handcuffed by religious discrimination. I say religious folks
mind to their own business and not affect public policy with their unfounded
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.