The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland recently hosted a panel discussion about modern faith. The panel was moderated by Thomas Friedman from the NY times and included Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office. Other panelists included Frankie Fredericks (Evangelical Christian), Matthieu Ricard (Buddhist), the Archbishop of Canterbury (Anglican faith), Ali Adnan Ibrahim (Muslim faith).
Topics like God and the internet, millennials and religion, marriage and sexuality, the Pope, authenticity, coherence, faith as a solution to equality, and the oneness of mankind were covered.
The Baha’i International Community (BIC) represents the worldwide Baha’i community, whose members come from every national, ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic background, representing a cross-section of humanity. Active in various global fora, the BIC maintains United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, as well as regional offices in Addis Ababa, Brussels, and Jakarta. It is registered with the UN as an NGO in 1948 and currently has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as accreditation with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). The BIC collaborates with the UN and its specialized agencies, as well as member states, inter- and non-governmental organizations, academia, and practitioners. Read more at https://www.bic.org/
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