A common word on international economic practices has been spoken by representatives of Christian and Buddhist traditions who met in late August at Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The theme of their consultation was “Engaging Structural Greed”, and their closing statement is titled “A Buddhist-Christian Common Word on Structural Greed”. The consultation in Chiang Mai was co-sponsored by the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation.
Participants included Theravada and Mahayana Buddhists as well as Lutheran, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic and Reformed Christians. The final statement recognizes that personal and systemic greed is at the core of today’s global financial crisis, and it expresses the hope that an “ongoing inter-religious engagement and cooperation can be a powerful contribution to overcoming greed and realizing a world of greater compassion, wisdom and justice”.