Baha’is Participate In World Religions Summit

Susanne Tamas, centre, a delegate from the Canadian Baha'i community, participates in the World Religions Summit 2010. Photograph by Louis Brunet.

This years’ G8 meeting was also the forum for the ‘The World Religions Summit’ 2010 which assembled participants from all of the world’s major faiths. I am pleased to learn that for the first time this included representatives of the Baha’i community. The 80 representatives of the various faith communities reaffirmed their commitment to

  • demonstrate solidarity with the poor and vulnerable in our society and the globe;
  • monitor the compliance of our governments in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and, whenever possible, hold them publicly accountable for such compliance;
  • confront consumerism, reduce consumption and change our lifestyle to give testimony to better stewardship and live more lightly on the Earth;
  • grow the collaboration of faith traditions to provide leadership, research and action, work to engage our own communities on the issues, and maintain continuous consultation and evaluation of these global political summits in the coming years while building political support for the changes we seek.
  • cultivate the positive peacebuilding influence of religion and invest in building the capacity of our communities to participate in peacebuilding and peacekeeping activities;
  • promote co-existence among different religious and ethnic communities while welcoming immigrants and refugees; and
  • grow the collaboration of faith traditions to provide leadership, research and action, work to engage our own communities on the issues, and maintain continuous consultation and evaluation of these global political summits in the coming years while building political support for the changes we seek.

Given the importance of acting upon this agenda I am reminded of the words of Bahá’u’lláh who said ‘let deeds not words be your adorning’. I am also concious that the global outcome is the sum total of our individual actions. (With a little help from the Almighty of course..).

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