22 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2022

MnMN’s board of directors chairperson, Anantanand Rambachan, was recently named one of “22 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2022” by the Center for American Progress. When asked about the distinction he told us, “My Hindu tradition has shaped my work for interreligious dialogue and to overcome structures of injustice and oppression. I’m grateful to be recognized by @AmProg for this work in their annual list of #FaithLeadersToWatch.”

Excerpt from 22 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2022

Anantanand Rambachan
Anantanand Rambachan holds a doctorate and is a professor emeritus of religion at St. Olaf College. He is the president of the board of Arigatou International NY, the co-president of Religions for Peace, and board of directors chair of the Minnesota Multifaith Network. He is the author of several books, including A Hindu Theology of Liberation: Not-Two Is Not One and Pathways to Hindu-Christian Dialogue.

Rambachan said:
At the heart of my Hindu tradition is the teaching that the one infinite divine abides identically in every being. This is the most fundamental ground of human dignity and equality. This teaching requires me to bring to every human relationship a sacred reverence and respect, knowing that in each one, I am encountering the divine. I welcome and celebrate human diversity as divine expression. This vision also demands of me an active commitment to work that promotes and rejoices in the flourishing of everyone. The Bhagavadgita speaks of such work as lokasamgraham, or devotion to the universal common good. Deep reverence and value for human beings and their flourishing also require that I work to overcome structures of injustice and oppression, rooted in hierarchies of racism, sexism, casteism, or exclusive ideologies of nationalism, that impede the ability of human beings to realize their potential.

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