Quotes and Excerpts

Tony Blair's Interfaith Foundation

http://www.tonyblairfaithfoundation.org

"The vision and values of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are desperately needed today....  I honestly donít know of anyone better suited for this challenge. Itís why I agreed to serve on the Advisory Board."  -- Rick Warren, P.E.A.C.E. Coalition


You shall have no other gods before Me." Exodus 20:3

"...if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods... you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 8:10-20

Ponder these question as you read the quotes and endorsements below:

1.How will Tony Blair's Faith Foundation shape and use churches to establish the socialist-Communitarian management system he promoted in the nineties? (His "Third Way" system is essential to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals!)

2. How many churches will have the discernment needed to resist this global process and refuse to trade God's unchanging Truth for the world's changing illusions and deceptive ideals?

 

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation - Mission Statement: "The Tony Blair Faith Foundation aims to promote respect and understanding about the world's major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world. Faith is vitally important to hundreds of millions of people. It underpins systems of thought and of behaviour. ... And the values of respect, justice and compassion that our great religions share have never been more relevant or important to bring people together to build a better world.

     

"But religious faith can also be used to divide. We have seen throughout history and today we still see how it can be distorted to fan the flames of hatred and extremism. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is a response to these opportunities and challenges. We will use the full power of modern communications to support and step up efforts at every level to educate, inform and develop understanding about the different faiths and between them."

The following endorsements keep rotating on this page: The Tony Blair Faith Foundation

 

"The vision and values of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are desperately needed today.... In any effort to help people learn to live and work together, we must engage the vast networks, resources, wisdom, and influence of the faith communities. My friends, Tony Blair is uniquely prepared with the gifts of temperament, knowledge, experience, leadership, and global respect essential for a task this great. I honestly donít know of anyone better suited for this challenge. Itís why I agreed to serve on the Advisory Board. The Tony Blair Faith Foundationís potential for doing good is staggering."

 

       -- Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Purpose Driven Network, P.E.A.C.E. Coalition


"I welcome with joy and hope the dedication of the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair to initiate a Faith Foundation for the purpose of promoting cooperation among the worldís religions for human wellbeing, mutual understanding and trust.... All of our religious traditions, in addition to their unique teachings about human destiny and fulfillment, include a vision of an ideal world community characterized by justice, peace, prosperity and freedom from violence, fear and exploitation. This vision, however, will not be realized without our willingness to reach across the historical boundaries of our faiths and extend our hands in friendship and fellowship in the search for common values and solutions. Our hopes for just and peaceful communities will only be realized together or not at all. ... Our collaboration in this effort is not an option. It is an imperative of our common existence and interrelated lives."

 

       -- Anantanand Rambachan, Professor and Chair Religion Department, St. Olaf College (Lutheran), Minnesota, USA.

 


 

"I pledge my support for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation because I share the vision of fostering respectful relations between the historic faith traditions of the world. It is of vital importance for the peace of the nations that the faith traditions learn how to live with their deepest differences. As a committed Christian I profess my sole allegiance to Jesus Christ, but I also know I am called to honour and respect those of other faith traditions....."

 

       -- David Coffey, President Baptist World Alliance

 


 

"I warmly welcome this and every initiative which encourages the important contribution that people of faith can and do make to the common good around the world and helps to progress mutual understanding between the faiths. I trust and pray that the work of the Foundation, and of all those individuals and organisations with which it will collaborate in the coming years will bear lasting fruit, and inspire even greater engagement across the borders of religious difference and diversity."

 

       -- Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury


"The Interfaith Youth Core and I are proud to partner with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and diverse people of good faith all over the world to apply this principle in a campaign to end deaths from malaria....."

 

       -- Dr. Eboo Patel Founder and Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core


"...An Interfaith Foundation led by one of the most notable statesmen of our times, has the potential to connect these worlds as never before; and it is my honour to congratulate Tony Blair on the establishment of this Foundation and to express the prayer that the One Source and Guide of our world will bless this endeavour, that it in turn may be a blessing to society as a whole."

 

       -- Rabbi David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee

          Chairman, International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations


"The Tony Blair Faith Foundation's vision of inter-religious dialogue and understanding at a time when our world is so imperilled is of profound importance. I believe that most religions in their very foundation share precious common values of regard for all of life. At this time, it is an imperative that we work together to heal the divisiveness in today's world...."

 

       -- Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center


 

"I am delighted that the Faith Foundation is seeking a greater co-operation between faiths in an effort to combat malaria and pursue the Millennium Development goals...."

 

       -- Reverend Nicky Gumbel [Alpha Course] Chaplain and Pioneer, Holy Trinity Brompton

 

And for the world's YOUTH: Face to Faith

 

Face to Faith: "Face to Faith is designed to improve young people's religious literacy, which is a vital skill in an increasingly complex, global society. It also offers an authentic and meaningful environment in which students can develop key 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving....

 

"Face to Faith has been developed by a team of international educational experts including leading academics and teachers, drawing on the Toledo guiding principles and on the latest educational thinking and practice. Schools from India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, the UK, the US and Canada are already engaged in the programme. Face to Faith is an initiative of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in conjunction with Rafi.ki and Global Nomads."

         "... their gods shall be a snare to you."  Judges 2:3

         "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? ... Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: 'I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.'
        "Therefore 'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty.Ē  2 Corinthians 6:14-18

 

See also Global Spirituality--Tony Blair, Global Banking, Yale and the EU

Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan and UN Goals - Part 2: Equipping Leaders to 'Lead like Jesus'?

A Third Way to a Good Society  | Heresy in high places

Marching toward Global Solidarity

United Nations'Millennium Goal

 

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