Dr. Ron Burr
Former Professor of Religious Studies,
University of Southern Mississippi, USA
At the Assembly of the World’s Religions, Rev. Moon threw out
a dramatic challenge to the religious leaders in attendance. He pointed
out that the religions of the world need to inspire a planet that is growing
ever more cynical. He reminded the listeners the essence of their religion is
not its dogma but rather, "true religion is about the practice of love."
He further emphasized that, "Love needs to be practiced by those coming
from each religion and the best way to practice love is through serving those
in need." He has viewed youth as an important catalyst to help
initiate change and he has continued to support their effort year after year.
The practical example that Religious Youth Service shows to a community is an
antidote to the religious violence and hatred that scars our world, and it
presents one key element to ending the threat of terrorism.
8 THE SPIRITUAL LEADER