Sunday, April 5, 2015

From: "dialogue on secular society, religion, and the common good" Vancouver

".... the importance of giving greater space in society to 
the positive influence 
which the concepts and principles of religious thinking can provide,
 that freedom to believe is a necessary condition in secular societies 
even as we safeguard the gains in social harmony and
 the richness of culture which pluralism brings to modern societies."

"In the final analysis, it is the love and fellowship and 
an attitude that others matter to each of us 
which will create the foundations of a society 
in which all members of the human family 
will be able to participate in the discourses that shape society," 
Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs of the Baha'i Community of Canada


 "Society needs criteria to assess the role of religion in public life
"Does this religion contribute to the common good? 
Does it serve the well-being of all? 
If so, then it should be admitted into public discourse" 
Alia Hogben, director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women


"We need to move beyond the binary of 
religious versus secular, 
public versus private, 
faith versus reason, 
and concentrate instead on working together for the good of our whole society," 
stated the Reverend Karen Hamilton, 
the General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches

Hop to observe and witness such a dialogue in our beloved