The Forum: Babel or Pentecost?

At the evening sharing session, opinions differed. Some felt that the ?diversity? of the interests represented at the Forum was so large that it looked as if each was talking a different language and no one understood anyone else-a good example of what the tower of Babel may have looked and sounded like. The majority, however, felt that the experience was much more like the event of Pentecost: they talked different languages but each understood what the other was saying. There is an underlying hope, a clear determination to change the present situation. As one participant from Manaus (Brazil) remarked, the most remarkable trait of the Forum is its power of convocation; there is no other organisation in the world today that can gather so many and diverse groups at one place and at one time.