Understand the Times said; “A commentary regarding the coming great meeting with Tony Blair and Rick Warren, March 6, 2011, will be published soon on Lighthouse Trails’ website and written by Roger Oakland. For now, it can be said, this alliance is what it is.
Saddleback’s Rick Warren to host ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair
LAKE FOREST — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will appear with Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Church in March, the mega church pastor announced to his church on Sunday.
“Write this down March 6,” Warren told his congregation. “We will hold the next Civil Forum and present the annual International PEACE medal, my guest will be former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Tony is a good friend of mine and he is coming to Saddleback.”
Warren said he will speak with Blair about the situation in Egypt, adding that Blair is the official envoy in the Middle East peace process, representing the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.
Blair was prime minister for the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007.
“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.
“This will be a big, big thing,” Warren said.
Warren is expected to speak with Blair about the situation in Egypt and will also award the former Prime Minister with the International Medal of PEACE. The award is given to individuals who exemplify outstanding contributions toward alleviating the five global giants, Warren said.
The event will take part as the mega church’s 7th Civil Forum.
In November President George W. Bush sat down for a conversation on leadership with Warren during Saddleback Church’s 6th Civil Forum. The focus of that discussion was Bush’s memoirs “Decision Points.”
Saddleback launched its Civil Forum in 2008. The events feature world leaders who speak on pressing issues in the world in order to promote personal responsibility, social civility and spiritual maturity.
In 2008 Warren hosted Barack Obama and John McCain. The candidates answered questions on religious persecution, AIDS, abortion, marriage and stem cells.