ECRL Annual Reports 2017
European Council of Religious Leaders ECRL
Council Meeting Budapest 7-8 May 2018
Annual Report 2017, President Thomas Wipf and General Secretary Mark Owen
Thoughts on our calling: “In the world, but not of the world”
Our deeply-rooted religious traditions inspire and guide our lives. This directs the course of our lives above and beyond our immediate existence – by lending us hope and faith, allowing us to lament and seek consolation, empowering us and calming our souls.
We are all bound together by this deeper dimension, our faith and our belief. It is this perceived common foundation that gives us hope and encourages us to approach our fellow humans with respect, an open heart and active love.
Our common faith – in its different forms and traditions – transcends ourselves and our world. We sense and know that there is more to life than what we can simply see and our immediate ties to this Earth and its realities.
We can say that we live in this world, but are not of this world. The inviolable dignity of every human is not bestowed by other people, but derives from divine creation.