This week Rob Bell took part in the Seeds of Compassion conference in Seattle, WA. The purpose of the conference was to “celebrate and explore the relationships, programs and tools that nurture and empower children, families and communities to be compassionate members of society.”
On Tuesday Bell was part of an elite panel of “spiritual leaders” which discussed “the common theme of compassion that lies at the heart of the world’s spiritual traditions.”
Included on the panel were the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; as well as Sister Joan Chittister (Benedictine Catholic nun), Jasmit Singh Kochar (a Sikh representative), Dr. Ingrid Mattson (President of the Islamic Society of North America), Rabbi David Rosen (Chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations), Pravrajika Vrajaprana (a Vendanta nun). The discussion was moderated by Roshi Joan Halifax (Zen Buddhist Master).
I’m sure that Bell’s participation in an interfaith conference in Seattle must have caused Mark Driscoll to spontaneously combust. But any time you can hold court with the Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu it’s pretty darn impressive.
Props to Rob on what must have been a tremendous honor!