A local religious leader is set to participate in a conference that will aim to bring tolerance among different religions. The conferees will take place in Indonesia and comes after several deadly attacks to churches have killed dozens of people in Nigeria. Carolina Garcia has that story.
Attacks to different churches are taking place around the globe. For this reason, a conference is scheduled for the month of February in Indonesia with the goal of bringing tolerance. This comes just after a recent attack to a Nigeria church that was followed by a message from an Islamic sect to Christians telling them they had three days to leave the country if they didn't want to be killed. One local reverend is among the 24 religious leaders to be chosen to attend the conference. "We are going to try to bring the three Abrahamic faiths to the table to talk about religious tolerance to avoid what is happening to in Nigeria. We want to start a conversation in which we can move our people- the Christian, Jew and Muslim- to a common ground where we can commit ourselves not to persecute other faiths but to tolerate."
Reverend Gilberto Velez is on of the 12 leaders that will travel to Indonesia from the United States. He says a lot of these hate crimes comes as religion mixes with other topics such as politics. Velez said, "Lately we’ve seen a lot of mixture between religion and politics. That's when we have certain prejudice and persecution based on that concept of religion and politics."
Tiff Shuttlesworth is an evangelist that has traveled the world visiting churches. He says it is important to not be prejudiced, "The most important thing is that we don't get caught up in prejudice, in racism and hatred, but the most important thing is that we keep our hearts focused."