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Finland national church strong on environment
by Rajan Zed
2009-01-12 09:04:58
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Hindus have praised The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for coming out with a “climate program” focused on “gratitude, respect and moderation”.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded Archbishop Dr. Jukka Paarma’s powerful stand in this regard: “All the good that we have received from God we want to pass on to future generations.”

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, also commended Finnish national church’s idea of transferring energy needs of its older properties spread throughout Finland to renewable energy sources and relaying the message of climate change in kindergartens and confirmation classes.

Faiths coming out in support of the environment was a remarkable signal, Rajan Zed said and urged all world religious leaders, religions and denominations to openly bless the environmental causes. Ancient Hindu scriptures, especially Atharva-Veda, were highly respectful of mother nature, he added.

We may believe in different religions, yet we share the same home—our Earth. We must learn to happily progress or miserably perish together. For man can live individually but can only survive collectively, Zed says quoting scriptures.

Christianity came to Finland in ninth century AD and now about 80% of Finns are members of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, totaling about 4.4 million. The church consists of nine dioceses and 517 parishes.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

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Hank W.2009-01-16 16:05:57
Interesting to find how some virtually unknown person has the time and energy to write about a country he knows nothing about.

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