By Brian Gray, APR

NEW YORK — It could be a plot for a romance novel: Ignored for years and now loved too much. But in this case the ignored are the thousands of faith-based organizations concerned about sustainable development and the recent suitor is the United Nations.

That was one take-away from a seminar titled Faith Organizations, the UN and the Sustainable Development held April 2 as part of the RCC annual convention in a setting directly across the street from the United Nations headquarters.

Moderator Dr. Azza Karam, coordinator of the UN interagency task force on religion and development, opened the session by asking: “What’s faith got to do with it?

Participating on the panel with her were the Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, general secretary of the World Association for Christian Communications; Lt. Colonel (Dr.) Dean Pallant, director of the Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission; and Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, World Council of Churches representative to the UN and coordinator of the UN ecumenical office in New York.

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