As many of you who attended the 2009 Parliament in Melbourne may have noticed, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions has emphasized a more socially active approach to interfaith dialogue in recent years. Most of the Parliament’s panels from 2009 were focused on current regional and global social problems plaguing our world, viewing them from a variety of faith perspectives, and emphasizing the need for interfaith cooperation in addressing these issues. If you comb through past Parliament program books, or better yet attended past Parliaments, you will notice this has been a trend that has been increasingly emphasized with each Parliament.
your opinions and experiences as part of varying religious communities, and how, or if, you have seen your religion take an active role in addressing issues in the greater community. Additionally, how must these actions be adapted to take account of and respect communities of different faiths?
Another thought worth considering is whether religious leaders and communities have an obligation to take an active role in leading social-change efforts. Take for instance those traditions or sects within a larger religious framework that emphasize contemplative practices and social detachment. What voice do these religions have in a world that expects religious peoples to lead social initiatives?
Feel free to add any other questions or topics related to this issue you may have. We’re anxious to read what you have to say…..or type!
Please see my blog post today on peacenext main page: "Six steps to real interfaith work... from the Washington Post"