Declaration on a Shared Humanity

The St. Andrews Declaration on a Shared Humanity

1. We declare that human beings are born equal and that they all share hopes and aspirations,
paths of fulfilment, paths of suffering, and dreams within a common journey as human beings.

2. We declare that human beings share the freedom to follow particular paths of life within the
rights and obligations shared by all and contributing to the common good of humanity.

3. We declare our respect and good-will towards all religious traditions that follow a path
towards peace, common cooperation, and goodness.

4. We share a common path towards the Absolute and as such we recognize the diversity of
paths, texts and traditions that we intend to respect and foster their respect in others.

5. “For sentient beings, poor and destitute, may I become a treasure ever plentiful, and lie before
them closely in their reach, a varied source of all that they might need” (Shantideva, The Way
of the Bodhisattva III, 10).

6. “OM. This eternal Word is all: what was, what is and what shall be, and what beyond is in
eternity. All is OM” (Mandukya Upanishad).

7. Blessed is the season when I remember You. Blessed is that work which is done for You.
Blessed isthat heart in which You dwell, O Giver of all. O my God! You are the Universal Father
of us all. You dwell deep within each and every heart. All share in Your Grace; none are beyond
You. (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, p, 97).

8. “Shema Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu, Adonai echad – barukh shem kevod malkhuto le’olam va’ed”
(Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

9. “In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful, Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the
Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’ (al-Fatihah).

10. “May they all be one, just as, Father, you are in me and I am in you, so that they also may be
in us, so that the world may believe it was you who sent me” (John 17:21).

11. We declare that as brothers and sisters we can share our joy, peace and happiness with all
human beings through our daily prayer and meditation.

© M.I. Aguilar July 2016

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