for Odyssey Networks on May 18, 2012
Religious leaders from diverse faith organizations recently published a statement for the G8 leaders who met at Camp David this past week. This statement was created for both the current G8 Summit as well as the upcoming June G20 Summit. Read below to see what faith leaders had to say to the G8 attendees.
The 2012 Religious Leaders' Statement for the G8 and G20 Summits:
"We, religious leaders from G8 and G20 Nations, have come together preceding the 2012 G8 and G20 Summits. We come together in a spirit of pluralism, proclaiming peace and equality. In a tumultuous time of violence and economic instability, we come together to proclaim the best of each of our traditions, offering reflections and recommendations to the G8 and G20 leaders.
As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws critically nearer, the G8 and G20 meetings are of vital importance for hundreds of millions of lives across the world. They offer the chance to look beyond the current MDGs, to the next generation of inspirational global goals. We are at a juncture where the political, humanitarian, military, and economic decisions of the G8 and G20 countries hold powerful influence over the lives and well-being of an untold multitude.
We have come together in Washington D.C., on the eve of the 38th G8 Summit set to meet in Camp David, Maryland, USA. Members of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities have joined here to continue the work that has been done by religious leaders for previous “G” summits. Our religious traditions are informed by deeply held and widely shared values to work for freedom, justice, and human rights."
Read entire statement: http://repository.berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/120517FinalStatementJRLCS.pdf