Lutheran World Federation lauded for its call to other religions of developing ‘common vision’

Hindus have applauded Lutheran World Federation (LWF) for its call to
different religions to develop a common vision of solidarity, respect,
justice, and compassion.

According to reports, LWF President Rev. Mark S. Hanson, addressing
the Eleventh LWF Assembly (July 20-27) in Stuttgart (Germany) on July
21, said: … demands that people of different religious convictions
develop a common vision of solidarity, respect, justice, and
compassion… the other is no longer the ‘other,’ the alien, but becomes
a friend, a companion struggling for peace and justice in convivéncia
(coexistence).

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today,
pointed out that serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need
of the hour. Religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching
force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew
that religion comprised much more than our own particular
tradition/experience, Zed stressed.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, hoped
that LWF would work for promoting interfaith dialogue and cooperating
in common causes such as peace, ecological responsibility, social
development, etc., with different religions and denominations.
Dialogue brought us mutual enrichment and helped us overcome
prejudices passed down to us from previous generations, Zed added.

The LWF is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran
tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund (Sweden) and currently
headquartered in Geneva (Switzerland), LWF claims to represent about
70 million Lutherans in 79 countries and 140 member churches. The
Bible, the three Ecumenical Creeds and the confessions of the Lutheran
Church form the LWF’s doctrinal basis. Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko is General
Secretary.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about
one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.