Ekklesia, Apr.5, www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14491
Today has been designated International Golden Rule Day.
The idea is to stop and ask ourselves and our neighbours how our lives might be different if the Golden Rule was lived… individually, in community, in our faith groups and denominations, in the city, the region, the nation, and the world.
The Golden Rule is expressed in the words of Jesus recorded in two of the Gospels as follows: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7.12) and “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6.31).
Many religions and spiritual teachers express this positive reciprocal responsibility in slightly different ways, points out the Rev Bosco Peters from New Zealand, who runs a wide-ranging liturgical resource website at: http://www.liturgy.co.nz/.
There is also a negative way of expressing a similar concept – the so-called “silver rule”: “One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated”.
2009 was the International Year of Reconciliation. Religious Leaders of Ethiopia proclaimed 5 April as the Golden Rule Day.
Ambassador Mussie Hailu was the chair of the Interfaith Peace-building Initiative and the representative of United Religions Initiative to the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa. He had Golden Rule Day endorsed by the United Nations. It is now recognised by numerous organisations around the world.
The back-story is here – http://allafrica.com/stories/200909230374.html
A resource produced by Geoff Lachlan for the Scottish Inter Faith Council in 2009, “Values in Harmony”. This includes comparative versions of the Golden Rule as found in the writings of 11 faith and belief communities and can be downloaded from www.scottishinterfaithcouncil.org/resources/VALUES+IN+HARMONY.pdf