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Faith in the Commonwealth Online Panel - Shared screen with speaker view
Zaki Cooper
01:44:30
Steven Derby (Interfaith Matters) 12:02 PMQuestion from Steven Derby, Director, Interfaith Matters: This question is about the relationship between the faith sector and elected political representatives. I would like to hear comments on the role of the faith sector, specifically those with leadership or representational responsibilities, in holding Governments to account. This is in general but also currently in respect of their management, or fatal mismanagement, of the Coronavirus pandemic? I join this meeting from the United Kingdom that has had tens of thousands of excess deaths. To illustrate Government competence, or ineptitude, and the role of non-state actors, recently a footballer was credited with forcing the Government to provide meals for hungry children from poor or impoverished families over the summer. In India I know of an NGO that distributed food to migrant labourers returning from the cities where they worked to their homes in rural districts after the lockdown. Thank you.
Zaki Cooper
01:44:39
Philippa Drew 12:10 PMI would like to ask each participant to pledge support for the decriminalisation of same sex relations between consenting adults in private. The criminalisation of these acts in Commonwealth countries is a colonial imposition by the British. It impacts very severely on millions of people. The Covid-19 pandemic has made life worse. We have seen an increase in violence against LGBTI people. Some even blame them for the virus. Faith organisations are very influential in many societies. Please support decriminalisation.
Zaki Cooper
01:44:48
Resham Singh Sandhu MBE DL FRSA 12:33 PMThanks to the Commonwealth Jewish Council for organising this much needed Webinar today. HRH Prince Charles’s message was very convincing and way forward for us to be together. Jagbir Kaur Johal from Birmingham University on Sikh Religion was very appropriate and for all humanity World over.
Zaki Cooper
01:45:08
Fadlullah Wilmot 12:40 PMThe sad reality is that cultural xenophobia is increasing across the Commonwealth coupled with the global economic slowdown and growing social inequality are being manipulated. What can faith communities do in the face of popularist movments which seek to divide rather than cooperate for the common good.
Zaki Cooper
01:45:22
Anonymous Attendee 12:45 PMThe issues we face (as Covid, #BLM & Climate Change demonstrate) are not only local but global.How do the Faiths best collaborate in the commonwealth, & globally, to help bring about positive change?
Zaki Cooper
01:45:42
Guy Wilkinson 12:50 PMwhat do our different faiths say 'theologically' about the causes of the virus?
Zaki Cooper
01:45:54
John Wood 12:55 PMThe speakers have all emphasised a global role but not whether there is something specific the Commonwealth can contribute.
Zaki Cooper
01:46:14
Resham Singh Sandhu MBE DL FRSA 01:00 PMThanks JCC for organising this Webinar today. The messages from Speakers mentioned previously and after that like Chief Rabia , Bishop of London, Academics from Muslim & Hindu Faiths and Archbishop of Rawanda are so practical and enlightening for us to bring into action and practice.Now the responsibility lies with us to move forward into our own Faiths and raise awareness to work together and deliver what we have heard so far.My question , what steps to be taken to move forward ?
Zaki Cooper
01:46:25
Jonathan Arkush 01:00 PMWould the panel advocate major faith communities coming together to lead national initiatives led by volunteers to feed the hungry, such as by soup kitchens and food banks ?
Zaki Cooper
01:46:42
Dr A.D Shittu 01:03 PMGreetings from Nigeria. can our instructors emphasise more on how religion can be used to assist in couping with the consequences of covid 19 within the Commonwealth countries considering the fact that religion is more of service to humanity.
Zaki Cooper
01:46:49
Yahya ImamGreetings from Nigeria . Despite all the benevolence of religious teachings and practices as espoused by our eloquent speakers why do we still have conflicts attributed to religion across the Commonwealth
Zaki Cooper
01:47:00
Anonymous Attendee 01:13 PMNOT A QUESTION!!This point from Chief Rabbi is very significant..Its in our hands..However, govts across the world rely on our hands & our work, primarily as volunteers & through charities BUT are not providing significant capacity or resource and although now in the UK govt recognise the importance of the sector, WE IN THE FAITH SECTOR WILL RESPOND WILLINGLY irresepective of govt support..BUT this shoulnt continue.
Zaki Cooper
01:47:08
Ayo Adedoyin 01:18 PMWhat is the role of the Commonwealth in addressing the violence in countries of member states where it seems that some lives (irrespective of colour) do not matter?
Zaki Cooper
01:47:16
Yahya ImamGreetings from Nigeria . Despite all the benevolence of religious teachings and practices as espoused by our eloquent speakers why do we still have conflicts attributed to religion across the Commonwealth
Zaki Cooper
01:48:01
Nicholas Watts 01:20 PMThe need to ‘appreciate the dignity of knowledge and learning’ and to recognize our ‘radical interdependence’ (Professor Moosa) are critical to the Commonwealth’s role in multilateral relations and in ‘building back better’ in harmony with the Sustainable Development Goals’.
Zaki Cooper
01:49:06
To Guy WilkinsonAn Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to HumansStop. Just stop.It is no longer a request. It is a mandate.We will help you.We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a haltWe will stopthe planesthe trainsthe schoolsthe mallsthe meetingsthe frenetic, furied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing oursingle and shared beating heart,the way we breathe together, in unison.Our obligation is to each other,As it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten.We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions,to bring you this long-breaking news:We are not well.None of us; all of us are suffering.Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth.did not give you pause.Nor the typhoons in Africa,China, Japan.Nor the fevered climates in Japan and India.You have not been listening.It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and con