Religions Cooperate to Encourage Peace in Thailand

In celebration of the Queen of Thailand’s birthday a special program was organized by the Thailand Department of Religious Affairs through the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.  Their idea was to encourage peace and harmony among people throughout Thailand.  Believing that religion can help bring people together and promote acceptance among people from different backgrounds, representatives from the five main religions in Thailand were invited to meet together and share information and ideas. 

From 9:00am until 5:00pm on August 16, individuals representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism had an in-depth discussion.  The people from each religion shared ideas from their beliefs and gave their suggestions.  Christian representatives were invited from the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT), the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT) and the Thailand Baptist Convention (TBC).  One of the EFT representatives was Siam Chommee, head of the Audience Relations department of Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand.

Both the Minister of Cultural Affairs and the Director General of the Religious Affairs Department attended the day’s activities.  They were very pleased to see how well the groups cooperated together and to hear the ideas of how each religion helps its believers to live peacefully and to bring harmony within their communities.

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