Differences based on race, colour, religion, creed, socioeconomic class, national origin, ancestry, age, disability and gender & related issues have been politicized in the ideological narratives of many societies. A genuine commitment to a just and inclusive world should identify and call out examples of oppression, racism and bigotry. Creating an inclusive future requires us to challenge the exclusive narratives, ideologies, and divisive discourses being pursued by politicians, academics and institutions of learning across the globe
How, if at all, could an inclusive future address the issues of slavery, cultural racism and scapegoating which has become institutionalized in all human societies?
How will the world’s out-of-school children and those receiving substandard levels of education become integrated into an inclusive world?
Will skin colour continue to poison our thinking in education, public policy and other pursuits and continue to thwart attempts to make the world more equal and inclusive?
Will gender equality ever be achieved given that traditionally the world’s 4,300 religions are patriarchal in their hierarchy and communal practices?
How can religion maintain its moral guidance and patronage of humanity, while concurrently supporting and encouraging unity through diversity?