[gha] Re: The UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024 Proposal

  • From: Laj Utreja <lutreja7@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2013 18:25:32 -0800

Dear All:
I concur with Norm in stating that it is impossible to achieve harmony
without justice, whether caused by economics, politics or faith. Two of the
most important factors that compromise our ability to properly and
correctly address the issues that we face are the man-made divisions of the
powerful and the powerless and the economics of global trade. However,
unjustified wars, disproportionate wealth-gaps, inequitable access to food,
healthcare, education, opportunity and fair governance remain related
factors. These factors contribute to differences that cause conflicts. The
differences that really cause conflict are the resulting human suffering
and injustice. That's where harmony is important.
Love and regards,
Laj Utreja

On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM, Norman Kurland <thirdway@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

>  I say this reluctantly, but I fail to see any mention of Justice as an
> essential condition for achieving Peace, Harmony or Love.  I totally agree
> with Pope Paul VI that "If you want Peace, work for Justice."  For
> definition of such terms as "Justice," "Social Justice," or Economic
> Justice" see the Just Third Way Glossary at *
> http://www.cesj.org/definitions/glossary.html*.  For a vision that would
> deliver Peace, Prosperity and Freedom through Justice for all, see *
> http://www.cesj.org/thirdway/paradigmpapers/jtw-greengrowth.pdf*.
> While the UN, the US, the Eurozone countries countries and all other
> nation states are failing to address the injustices of the global economy,
> the good people now associated with GHA can succeed in leading the way to a
> solution by reflecting on the message delivered in 1987 by President Ronald
> Reagan at *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06vP84SqnS4*.  And to
> strengthen the bonds of the GHA in its educational outreach to interfaith
> leaders and scholars in all cultures, we should all seriously consider the
> wisdom of other global moral leaders in the attached set of quotes.
> In Justice,
> Norm
> --
> Norman G. Kurland, J.D.
> President
> Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ)
> P.O. Box 40711, Washington, DC 20016
> (O) 703-243-5155, (F) 703-243-5935
> (E) thirdway@xxxxxxxx
> (Web) http://www.cesj.org
> "Own or be owned."
> On 3/3/13 6:06 PM, maytham.alsalman@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Dear Interfaith friends and partners
>  I am fully supportive of the idea hoping it matures into an initiative
>  Love and respect to all
>  Sheikh Maytham Al Salman
> Bahrain Interfaith
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Mar 4, 2013, at 12:23 AM, María Cristina Azcona <mcrisazcona@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>  I  strongly agree with the proposal and the document
>  Maria C Azcona
> 2013/3/2 Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
>>  Dear GHA members, interfaith friends,
>> An excellent idea matured within the GHA: the idea UN Decade of
>> Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024, which requires a logical and
>> organizational completion.
>> *The first and most important*. Implementation of this idea will
>> significantly enhance the harmonizing social mission of States, the UN
>> members, and religions and their churches in the life of society through
>> the development of global harmonious interfaith education. The issue of
>> enhancing the social role of the state and religion through harmonious
>> education is very important for both of them in our time of burgeoning
>> social and religious conflicts in the world. The harmonizing social mission
>> of state and religion is very relevant and for the population, which faces
>> growing global challenges demanding from them adequate responses in a
>> non-violent way of global harmonious interfaith education, rather than on a
>> way of global militarization and violent solutions.
>> *Second*. The need for global interfaith harmonious education has
>> reached a new level to meet the challenges of globalization in the 21st
>> century. The existing system of national, common and elite education does
>> not respond to the global challenges of our time and fails to prepare the
>> young generations for non-violent harmonious solutions to any social
>> problems. This is a key flaw of modern education that can be overcome only
>> in harmonization as in interfaith perspective, and through harmonization of
>> science and religion.
>> These two key global motives determine the relevance and necessity of the
>> UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for the years 2014-2024, which
>> will give a good start and order for the most favorable global trends of
>> spiritual and educational nature. The common good of this UN Decade is so
>> obvious that it requires no special logical proofs.
>> Organizing to complete this idea may proceed from its initiation within
>> the UN by any organizations involved in the UN one way or another. This can
>> be the Interfaith Coalition of Partnership with the UN, or the head of any
>> state who can offer this idea in the UN General Session. Obviously, the
>> most logical initiator of this idea may be Jordan's King Abdullah II as the
>> initiator of the World Interfaith Harmony Week in the UN, 2010. In this
>> regard, we propose to add the GHA offers to Jordan's King in the GHA
>> Project of Interfaith Harmony as a new, ninth point with the following
>> content:
>> *Initiate in the UN, as a development of initiative 2010, a proposal of
>> the UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024, which will
>> strengthen a harmonizing mission of state and religion in global society in
>> a non-violent peacemaking way of qualitative renewal of the education
>> system in the world, especially in the direction of interfaith harmony
>> instead of militarization**.
>> **We offer within three days, until March 5, inclusively, to discuss
>> this proposal and include it in the GHA Interfaith Harmony Project, in
>> section 9*: *www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541*.
>> We understand that the common benefit of this proposal is so obvious that
>> it requires no special discussion. There may be a difference only in the
>> formulations of this proposal. Therefore, in this case, we will take your
>> silence as a sign of consent and approval of this proposal and welcome all
>> of its amendments to improve it. Thank you for supporting this proposal.
>> Best harmony wishes,
>> Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President
>> Dr. Bruce Cook, GHA-USA President
>> *www.peacefromharmony.org
>> *02/03/13
>  --
> *María Cristina Azcona*
> *@macazcona*
> *
> *

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