Finding Global Balance: Common Grounds Between the Worlds of by Katherine Marshall

By Katherine Marshall

This booklet relates the most recent bankruptcy within the tale of a extraordinary partnership among the worlds of religion and improvement, introduced in 1998 by means of Jim Wolfensohn after which Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, once they convened a gathering of religion and improvement leaders in Lambeth Palace. The intervening years have visible the expansion and enhancement of a community of worldwide religion and improvement leaders who proportion a typical ardour to eliminate worldwide poverty, expand social justice and confirm worldwide defense for all the world's humans. Periodically this crew of leaders gathers jointly to discuss problems with universal quandary and worldwide value. the newest assembly came about in Dublin, eire in Janaury 2005. Debates over days have been wealthy and provocative, analyzing matters starting from the new Asian tsunami, to HIV/AIDS, gender and adolescence, and the roots of clash, all considered in the course of the lens of fairness. References to the moral dimensions of poverty relief and the necessity for a powerful ethical underpinning as a origin for equitable and sustainable improvement lay on the center of each consultation. the individuality of this partnership is the clean viewpoint it bargains on serious improvement matters and the chance for religion leaders and improvement leaders to hunt new avenues for collaboration. This booklet tells the tale of this partnership, in the context of the Dublin assembly.

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Special food packages are being sent to widows in Sri Lanka who are observing the Iddah period of mourning. Catholic, Anglican, Jewish, and Hindu organizations have been unfailingly ready with both material and spiritual support, thereby feeding and sheltering the homeless, providing health services, helping bury the dead in keeping with local traditions, and offering prayer and counseling services. Sulak Sivaraksa’s story was representative: Innumerable acts of courageous compassion immediately followed the disastrous events that took place on Koh Phra Thong, the Golden Buddha Island, in the southern part of Thailand.

FROM AID TO COMMUNITY-CENTERED DEVELOPMENT Aid workers and organizations are planning for a long and complex transition period, moving from emergency work to rebuilding and development. The immediate threats are disease, especially among children; inadequate clean water; and unsanitary living conditions. The challenge is to avoid a doubling (or more) of the death toll as a result of disease. Rebuilding schools is especially important, both to return children to school and as a vehicle for bringing communities back together.

Towns were not destroyed; they vanished. The death toll quickly sur- Tsunami Realities, Aftermath, and Lessons • 23 passed that in Hiroshima following the atomic bomb; at the time of the Dublin meeting, it stood at some 220,000. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, recently returned from Sri Lanka, likened the force of the water to a powerful vacuum cleaner, sucking out everything in its wake. “The waves came in with such power,” he said, “that the light-fitting clothes that so many people were wearing were ripped right off them.

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