TIME FOR INTERFAITH INVOLVEMENT IN SOCIAL CHANGE

I believe we will have better government when  men and women  discuss public issues together and make their decisions on             the basis of their common concern for the welfare  of their families and their world.

         Eleanor Roosevelt, Science and Spirituality, page 144

 

Fareed Zakaria, in his book The Post-American World, points out that the world is currently going through a major change.  The essence of the change is that the United States is no longer going to be the one super power, but that the countries of the world are coming into greater power and are demanding that their rights be included in the decisions facing the human race.  An example of that change is the decision of President Putin of Russia to keep whistle-blower Edward Snowden there, and that Putin also asked the USA to stop practicing exceptionalism, meaning that we Americans consider ourselves better than people of every other nation.

Not only are the other nations coming up in the global community, but the United States currently is going down in the estimation of many other peoples, and in our nation as well.  The government shutdown and the struggle over the increase in the debt ceiling were responsible for a major shift financially speaking, where the US is losing its role as the financial stabilizer of the world.  We need to stop printing bills for money we do not have, as well as to begin to live within our income.  It may take a worldwide nonviolent movement to make this change, but democracy requires more balanced economies and negotiation to see that everyone has a voice in getting needed changes made.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s was led by various Christian churches under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Now the leadership must come from the Interfaith Movement through a coming together for nonviolent action that is worldwide.  The Interfaith Movement is beginning to recognize the need for inner and outer change, and now we must step forward and take the action steps required to see that change is in fact made possible.

Who is ready for this courageous step forward, and where is this spirit most being manifest?  The time has come, as we await the responsibility of the U.S. government to act for the well-being of the American people and the nations of the world.

Spirit is One; paths are many!!!

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