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Dear fellow Evokees,

I have noticed a number of quality posts and writers here in the last couple of days that seem to get their inspiration from some form of religion.

some are written by people i guess to be muslim, others are christians, and i even think i found some thoughts from the thora on a post, while others call upon spiritualist ideas.

This raised the question 'how well do religion and EVOKE go together?'

While I think both work together great to some extent, i think there is a limit.

However, before we get into this any further, i wish to point out that i do not wish to insult, call out or critizise anyone or anyone's religion, which is one reason i have not included links in this post. I will also try to keep my personal beliefs to myself, but i also think this is a matter too important to ignore.

Obviously, Evoke is not directly affiliated with any religion at all. Indirectly, we are. With the possible exclusion of Buddhism, I think most religions, put simply, share common goals with our great network here: To make the world a better place for us and our children.

And while i think it does not matter where anyone draws their motivation from to contribute here (and contributing here is great in itself), be it a religious or atheist or whatever motivation at all, considering agents are already starting to put their evokation to work, here is the one problem i see with religious organisations and Evoke (well, not the only one, but as promised, i will keep the others to myself):

All Evokations need support, be it financial, manpower or media attention (the world bank is not going to do everything).

since Evoke shares some ideals and goals with many religious organisations and networks, in their eyes, Evokation projects will be an ideal investment for them - and they will be great partners for us, because of their willingness to help and their large pool of resources.

But each investment comes with strings attached.

And I would hate to see anyones project chastized
or taken in a different direction because the Evokees ideas collide with the investors ideas at some point!

(well, this applies to every investor, but the issue seems most urgent here.)

As always, please share your thoughts and insights.

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Comment by Hayden Darrell Linder on March 26, 2010 at 4:23pm
Boy! Talk about bring up a touchy subject! +1 for courage.

I think if you plan on getting into bed with a religious organization, then yes it can be risky. I posted about James Robison's work yesterday when it came to water security in South America, but I would never have him back anything I did. I'm a big time Jesus freak but he would have certain expectations that I would refuse to meet. Like converting the needy to Christianity. Sorry, but I don't do that unless God gives the order.

However, the main reason I even joined Evoke is because of my beliefs. Which are; that very same God ordered us to take care of our brothers and sisters regardless of what they believed and on top of that to care for the world itself.

In the end I think you hit on a major point to keep in mind when you're actually doing this work. No matter who the backer is, you had better know their intentions, desired results and expectations.

God bless you Jan:)


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