Block 3 - Middle East, Africa, Europe, Greenland
Local Starting Times Below
- Amman, Jordan: 4.15 pm
- Capetown, South Africa: 3.15 pm
- Helsinki, Finland: 4.15 pm
- London, UK: 2.15 pm
- Greenland: 11.15 am
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Start with a visualization of global compassion surrounding the Earth led by Faith Fields, before visiting with school children from around the Middle East (Kuwait, Saudi, Qatar, Lebanon, and more) who are attending an event on Compassion in Jordan. They'll join us by video to share why the Golden Rule matters to them!
“Despite our significant reconciliation and peacebuilding attempts, South Africa continues to be a highly polarized and unequal society. The Golden Rule matters because it allows us to reignite a particular conversation that centers social justice at the heart of interfaith dialogue in South Africa.”
Join a group of diverse young people, representing a collaboration of interfaith organisations from Cape Town, South Africa, as they dialogue about the relevance of the Golden Rule in their context. They will share their different stories and experiences of interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding, and its connection to active citizenship and social justice before challenging each of us to pay forward what we have learned by amplifying the voices of grassroots organisations who are doing social justice and peacebuilding work.
Founder of Golden Rule Day, Mussie Hailu, will talk about how the day came to be and why it matters now more than ever!
Members of Faiths Without Borders (Uskot ilman rajoja ry.), a URI Multiregional Cooperation Circle based in Finland, will join with a Golden Rule awardee to give Golden Rule Day greetings and songs from the University in Helsinki. They will be joined by Arto Kallioniemi, a professor of religious didactic and UNESCO chair on Dialogue, Values and Human Rights; Marko Näätänen, a composer of Hindu music, an active member of URI Finland since 2002; Tapio Varis, a UNESCO chair on e-learning with applications to multiple domains; and and Erja Varis, an expert on Tibetan culture and Buddhism. PhD students will also join to celebrate the moment.
Faiths Without Borders has given an annual Golden Rule Award since 2009, in cooperation with the Interfaith Dialogue Network which consists of the URI Finland, Religions for Peace Suomen naisverkosto (Religions for Peace Women of Faith Network in Finland) and Kaupunki yhteisönä ry. ( Living Together in Cities). The Network works in fellowship with Parliament of the World's Religions, which has named Helsinki as one of its Cities of Peace in 2009.
This Award is seen as a drop in the ocean awakening global ethical awareness. The Prize is awarded on the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21st.
The CC is coordinated by URI leaders, Lars Silén and Heidi Rautionmaa who is also an ambassador of the Parliament of the World´s Religions and a chair of Religions for Peace Women of Faith Network in Finland.
We know the Golden Rule applies to other human beings, but what about other species and the earth itself? Kiran Bali, URI Global Council Chairperson, will share how she applies the Golden Rule to her interactions with ALL living beings - and how you can do the same.
Kim Polman and Stephen Vasconcellos-Sharpe - and guests - will discuss the transformational power of practicing the Golden Rule - in our lives, our businesses, and our world. Kim and Stephen have created the nonprofit: Reboot the Future. Reboot is a registered charity in the UK with the mission to promote the Golden Rule in business, education and the environment.
Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, the Kalallit Elder, shaman, healer, storyteller, and carrier of the Qilaut, speaks about what global warming is doing to his country, to other countries, and to all of us.