A brief survey of the Political-Ecumenical Landscape...
The United Religions joins a rapidly growing community of interfaith organizations. Leaders and practioners are putting their faith into action for global good. Interfaith is a way to organize, a way to connect, commit and create community among people from different faith traditions. Its practioners are diverse and approaches to actualizing interfaith range from gathering World Leaders to mobilizing grassroots communities.
“If the nations of the world are working together for peace through the UN, then where are the religions of the world? From this inspiration, a vision took shape to create an organization whereby people of diverse faiths and from all sectors of society would cooperate for peace and justice for all."
Pope Benedict XVI seems to speak the same language ... dialogue, community, peace, social justice. Both seem to be willing to embrace any religion that acknowledges a greater universal spiritualism for the benefit of mankind. The Vatican also participates in the United Nations in the form of a Permanent Observer.
Robert Schuller's Rethink Conference
"I met once more with the Grand Mufti (a Muslim), truly one of the great Christ-honoring leaders of faith. ... I'm dreaming a bold impossible dream: that positive-thinking believers in God will rise above the illusions that our sectarian religions have imposed on the world, and that leaders of the major faiths will rise above doctrinal idiosyncrasies, choosing not to focus on disagreements, but rather to transcend divisive dogmas to work together to bring peace and prosperity and hope to the world...." (p. 502).
Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan match the five points in The UN Millennium Development Goals
Pastor [Warren] lays out a global vision "In the 21st century we are going global and mobilizing the American church to help internationally. ... President Kagame will welcome us to Rwanda for a joint project among the government, business and the church....
Q: How will Saddleback tackle these huge problems? A: With our PEACE plan.... P is for plant a church or partner with an existing one in every village. We'll work with everyone who wants to help. I'll work with an atheist who wants to stop AIDS. E - equip local leaders. A - assist the poor. C - care for the sick. And E - educate the next generation. ...
Q: What is your greatest hope for all this? A: A second Reformation. The first one was about belief. This one will be about deeds. It is about what the church should be doing in the world....
"...we will lay all this out for our people. Purpose. Community. World."
From Red Letter Christian notable Tony Campolo"...we want to unite Christians who are concerned about what is happening in America. We are evangelicals who are troubled by what is happening to poor people in America; who are disturbed over environmental policies that are contributing to global warming" "...in the hour of suffering there is a commonality. And that's where we meet. It's in mystical spirituality and in communal mutuality that's where we come together... In a mystical relationship with God, there is a coming together of people where theology is left behind and in this spirituality they found a commonality... if we are looking for common ground, can we find it in mystical spirituality, even if we cannot theologically agree, Can we pray together in such a way that we connect with a God that transcends our theological differences?"
From the Red Letter Christians website: Campolo states "Our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world."
The New Baptist Covenant: Featuring Dr. Tony Campolo, Former President Jimmy Carter Former President Bill Clinton, Former Vice President Al Gore. Representatives of these Baptist organizations have reaffirmed traditional Baptist values, including sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and its implications for public and private morality, as well as fulfill the biblical mandate to promote peace with justice, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, care for the sick and the marginalized, and promote religious liberty and respect for religious diversity. President Carter is hoping to demonstrate Baptist unity through social causes such as poverty and AIDS.
The NBC Special Interest Sessions include: Can We All Get Along? Finding Common Ground with Other Faiths, Engaging the Criminal Justice System, Breaking Cycles of Poverty, Peacemaking: Warfare exists in communities and countries. How can churches and people be forces for peace in our world? The HIV/AIDS Pandemic, Faith and Public Policy
Brian McLaren's book Everything Must Change- Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope: 'Everything Must Change' is a manifesto...the best way that I could condense and describe McLaren's ideas is that he has created a hybrid of Theism and Neo-Utopian Marxism. McLaren's 'new religion' is globally pragmatic and re-imagines Jesus' life and message so that they can be applied to solving the Earth's most pressing problems (as identified by the United Nations). In order to do this, McLaren completely retools the Biblical message and Jesus' life in particular in terms of social, political and economic struggles and injustices.
From McLaren's Deep Shift Conference website: Deep Shift was created to provide spiritual guidance for organizations. We work with leaders, inviting them to discover where the gifts of their people and God’s purposes in the world meet. Deep Shift provides support as leaders make their own personal deep shift and guide their organizations through the transition and transformation necessary to ignite the loving energy of people to work for the good of the world. As guides, we provide coaching, consulting, and resources for people leading in deep shift — faith community and church leaders, nonprofit leaders, ethical business leaders and others.
From Emergent Leader Scot McNight: To be missional means to embrace a holistic gospel – it is for the whole person (heart, soul, mind, and strength), for the whole society (politics, economy, culture, environment), and for the whole world......the community emphasis is a community that seeks to blend with the local community into a harmonious effort to realize the ideals of the Kingdom of God....a local church community of faith incarnating the kingdom vision of Jesus in its local community for the good of the world.
Editor's Note: The focus of the global religion is the physical good of the world and mankind...not truth, sin, salvation or judgement. It seems the world is just one global crisis away from uniting under a One World Religious System.