Friday, October 23, 2009

Tony Blair's "Faith Foundation" (and Rick Warren's involvement)

The following is a statement from Tony Blair's Faith Foundation website (which can be accessed here).

Globalisation (sic) pushes people closer together. Religious faith motivates and influences billions of people in different ways. The ways in which these two great forces interract (sic) with each other and shape the world - for good and for ill - are complex. Our aim is to provide ways to understand more about religion’s relevance to the modern world, and to organise (sic) practical projects so that people of different faiths can work together to be a force for good across the globe. All our activities are designed to realise these core goals.” (Emphasis mine)

Pastor Rick Warren, of Saddleback Church is on the "Religious Advisory Council" for this organization, as shown in this list from the website (where I've highlighted his name):
The Religious Advisory Council
Anantanand Rambachan, Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at St. Olaf College, Minnesota
The Reverend David Coffey, President of the Baptist World Alliance
Rabbi David Rosen, Chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations
Dr Ismail Khudr AL-Shatti, Advisor in Diwan of HH the Prime Minister of Kuwait and former President of the Gulf Institute for Futures and Strategic Studies
Professor Jagtar Singh Grewal, former Chairman of the India Institute of Advanced Study and former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University
Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of the Upaya Zen Center
The Reverend Joel Edwards, Director of Micah Challenge International and former General Director of the Evangelical Alliance.
Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
Right Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Bishop of Kaduna
HE Dr Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina
The Reverend Dr Rick Warren, Founding and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church and Founder of the P.E.A.C.E Coalition.
The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London

Here is a quote from Mr. Warren from the website:
"The vision and values of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are desperately needed today when every major issue in our world is influenced for good or harm by faith factors. It would be foolish to ignore how religious conviction impacts personal and National identity, poverty and education, extremism and reconciliation, disease and development, peace and progress.”
Dr Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and the P.E.A.C.E. Coalition

Just thought you might want to know where some of America's "top" "Christian" "leaders" are taking us (if you are inclined to follow them).

"My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace. All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers." -Jer. 50:6,7

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