Blair and Warren: a deadly duo for peace
Tony Blair's courtship of American leaders is paying off for him. The former British Prime Minister is 'guest lecturer' at the seventh Saddlyback Civil Forum on Sunday, 6 March which will discuss "Jesus' Peace Plan".
Tony Blair and Rick Warren
FORMER British Prime Minister Tony Blair is reportedly "very excited" about being a guest lecturer at the seventh Saddleback Civil Forum to be held March 6, said the California megachurch pastor last Sunday.
Fighting the Global Giants
"We're going to take five letters of the Global PEACE Plan and the five global giants and talk about spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic diseases, and illiteracy and education. These are the five problems the PEACE Plan is designed to [address]," Warren told his congregation.
The acronym for the PEACE plan is based on the five actions Jesus modeled:
Promote reconciliation; Equip servant leaders; Assist the poor; Care for the sick; and Educate the next generation.
It's Jesus' plan
"I am confident about the P.E.A.C.E. Plan because it's not my plan. It's not a Westerner plan. It's not a megachurch plan. It's Jesus' plan," he told 1,700 pastors and Christian leaders during a conference of church and business leaders in 2008.
A medal for Blair
"I'm going to talk to him about Egypt and all the inside information," said Warren.
Warren is expected to award Blair with the annual International Medal of PEACE. The award is given to individuals who exemplify outstanding contribution toward alleviating the five global giants.
Last Autumn, George W. Bush was a guest of the Saddleback Civil Forum on leadership and service shortly following the release of his memoir Decision Points. Bush was a recipient of the PEACE medal in 2008 for his administration's work in combating AIDS.
Blair, who served as UK Prime Minister from May 1997-June 2007, is the official envoy on the Middle East peace process, representing so-called 'Quartet': the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, and Russia.
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Saddleback Civil Forum Launched in 2008, the Saddleback Civil Forum features influential leaders who speak on pressing issues in the world in order to promote personal responsibility, social civility and spiritual maturity. The most notable civil forum to date was the one that hosted then presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008. The candidates were asked questions on issues that concern Christians, including religious persecution, AIDS, abortion, marriage and stem cells.
Tony Blair Faith Foundation The TBFF is avowedly multi-faith. According to the organisation: the Tony Blair Faith Foundation aims to promote respect and understanding about the world's major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world.We will use the full power of modern communications to support and step up efforts at every level to educate, inform and develop understanding about the different faiths and between them.