Church leaders commit to promoting inclusive communities for the disabled
A discussion on disability was held among 70 participants from eight different religious backgrounds to look at how they can promote a culture of inclusion of the disabled.
The event was organised by one of the branches of the National Council of Churches in India. The branch helps member churches to be disabled friendly, and encourages them to support people with disabilities.
The leaders said that all religious scriptures are inclusive and portray God or gods as treating people with disabilities without any discriminations. This needs to come across in the way that different leaders practice their faiths.
The round table looked at how different religions treat people with disabilities, the status and place given by religious books to such people, and how the different religions view people with disabilities.
The participants adopted an Interfaith Declaration on Disability, which will be translated into local languages and distributed among various religious communities.
The round-table also bought together representatives of different Christian churches as well as practitioners of Baha’i, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indigenous community, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism.