If you’re from Seattle or have interest in religious/spiritual matters, you know that the Dalai Lama is in Seattle for Seeds of Compassion. I hear that he’s busy so it likely won’t work out for he and I to have some chat over coffee or tea. According to the Seattle PI:
Organizers of the Seeds of Compassion conference say the purpose of the long-planned Seattle gathering, which will be attended by more than 150,000 people, is nurturing compassion in children and those who influence them.
Panel discussions through Tuesday will focus on different compassion-related topics: science, children, philanthropy, business and spirituality.
So, I’ve got couple questions to ask for hopefully, some good discussion:
- I knows Christian acquaintances that have been invited to join a group of speakers, presenters, and panelists. Would you [as a Christian, pastor, or some sort of visible leader] accept an invitation to speak at this sort of “Spiritual” event that featured people like the Dalai Lama and other Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh leaders? Why or why not?
- Questers, would you be concerned if I, your pastor, spoke at Seeds of Compassion and shared the same stage as these other religious leaders?
For the record, if I was invited [and I wasn’t], I would first get the green light from my fellow Elders at Quest Church because I would be representing the church and I want to make sure it’s ok with them. Secondly, I’d be cool with participating and speaking as long as it was clear that I’d be introduced as a Christian pastor and given freedom to appropriately bear witness to Jesus while of course, demonstrating respect to others.