Dr. Paul Eppinger pays tribute to Mandela with Arizona Interfaith Movement

Written by Dr. Paul Eppinger
December 10, 2013

“On December 5, 2013, the world lost one of its greatest statesmen, Mr. Nelson Mandela. Exactly fourteen years earlier, on December 5, 1999, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, honored Mr. Mandela for his great work for peace and justice in the world. In his response, Mr. Mandela said, “No government or social agency can on its own meet the enormous challenges of development of our age. Partnerships are required across the broad range of society. In drawing upon its spiritual and communal resources, religion can be a powerful partner in such causes as meeting the challenges of poverty, alienation, the abuse of women and children, and the destructive disregard for our natural environment… We commend the Parliament of the World’s Religions for its immense role in making different communities see that the common ground is greater and more enduring than the differences that divide.”

As a member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the ARIZONA INTERFAITH MOVEMENT honors the life of the recipient of one of the Parliament’s highest awards, Mr. Nelson Mandela. “

— With a passion for UNITY, Dr. Paul Eppinger, Executive Director, Arizona Interfaith Movement (www.azifm.org)

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