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Faith and Leadership at Lambeth Palace

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Srutidharma das, Sita Rama das and Radha Mohan das represented ISKCON at a special dinner and reception at Lambeth Palace. The event was to celebrate an ongoing series of workshops and courses attended by young people from a variety of different faith backgrounds. The courses are designed to provide participants with useful leadership skills which they can use in their daily lives and within their respective institutions. The initiative, called “Faith and Leadership” is organized by Mr Krish Raval.

The three course dinner, which received compliments from everyone present, was cooked by Lalita Sakhi dasi and others in the kitchens of Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Special guests in attendance included Dr Rowan Williams the Archbishop of Canterbury, Prof David Ford (The Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge), Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP  (The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government), Air Marshall Sir David Walker (Master of the Household, Buckingham Palace), Jerry White (Assistant Deputy Secretary of State, Government of the United States of America), Mr Zainul Abideen Rasheed (Former Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore and Currently Singaporean Ambassador to Kuwait), Mr Abdulaziz Abdullah Al-Hinai (Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman in London) and Prof Gorgia Sorenson (Professor of Leadership, University of Maryland & Inaugural Professor of Transformation at the US War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania).

 

A Royal Meeting

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

On 15th February Sutapa das brahmacari from Bhaktivedanta Manor had the opportunity to meet Her Majesty The Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury. A multi-faith reception was held at Lambeth Palace; one of the first public engagements to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. The event was attended by representatives from the Christian, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities. It was an opportunity to pay tribute to the spiritual contribution of all religions in the UK, and to show continued support for the free practice of faith in the country.

 

The Queen expressed how spiritual traditions provide critical guidance for the way we live our lives, and for the way in which we treat each other. She underlined how the lives of great teachers remind us of the responsibilities we have beyond ourselves. As Sutapa das spoke to the leaders of various denominations, our discussions revolved around making spirituality applicable and dynamic in the modern context. In an age of growing secularism, there are doubts about the necessity of spirituality as an integral part of a vibrant society.

Amidst a tide of skepticism, spiritual practitioners have an incredible responsibility to share their teachings with greater acumen and astuteness. Through rationality, logic and common sense, they have to reveal the synthesis between science and spirituality, and firmly establish that metaphysical phenomena can be grounded in reason and argument. Through cooperation, appreciation and loving relationships, they have to demonstrate that genuine spirituality builds bridges, serves society in times of need, and promotes peace and unity. Through sagacity and dialogue, ancient traditions must offer cutting edge spiritual solutions to the problems of the modern world – solutions which are universally applicable, long lasting and free from detrimental side effects. Most essential, is to educate and inspire people to recognize that spirituality is more than a Sunday ritual, but rather an offer of worldviews, values, and spiritual practices which drive our daily functioning and journey within this world.