Sunday, December 23, 2007

In God's Name: The Thoughts of a Dozen Spiritual Leaders

"People of all faiths and homelands are divided into reasonable and unreasonable people. All that I wish and pray to God for is that the reasonable people would outnumber the fools."
Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, Sunni Moslem spiritual leader

Tonight, the CBS television network will be broadcasting a special program entitled In God's Name, exploring complex questions through the intimate thoughts and beliefs of 12 of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. In Albuquerque, the program will air from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Channel 13.
"These diverse and powerful voices offer provocative, compelling and enlightening perspectives on myriad issues in our post-9/11 world, including the rise of terrorism, fanaticism, intolerance and war" a CBS news release said.
* Alexy II, Patriarch of Moscow and head of the Russian Orthodox Church
* Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi), a Hindu spiritual leader
* Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church

* The Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists

* Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a prominent Shiite Muslim leader
* Bishop Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and President of the Lutheran World Federation
* Michihisa Kitashirakawa, Jingu Daiguji (High Priest) of the Shinto Grand Ise Shrine
* Yona Metzger, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
* Dr. Frank Page, President of the Southern Baptist Convention
* Imam Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar and a prominent Sunni Muslim leader
* Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Sri Akal Takht, the Sikhs’ highest authority

* Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England

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