Sister Sharon Eubank Speaks at UN Summit on Helping Refugees, Preventing Religious Discrimination

Contributed By Danielle Christensen, Church News staff writer

  • 2 May 2019

Livestream screenshot of Sister Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities and First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, speaking at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, April 29, 2019.

“It will be the best of faith that defeats distorting versions of religious belief.” —Sister Sharon Eubank of the Relief Society General Presidency

Sister Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities and First Counselor of the Relief Society General Presidency, spoke at a recent conference held at the United Nations in Geneva.

During the Second Global Summit on Religion, Peace, and Security, Sister Eubank referenced the Church’s history as refugees and spoke about the importance of reaching out to those in similar conditions today, the Daily Universe reported.

“Minorities and refugees and migrants have in common one thing, and it is that their dignity is at risk, and their otherness and their acuteness makes their needs particularly vulnerable,” she said. “It is precisely in reaching out to these others that you see dignity come alive and are reminded about what democracy should mean and what development can mean.”

According to Newsroom, Sister Eubank also spoke about the role of both government and religion working together in society.

“The good that religion can do, especially when it comes to ... sustainable development goals, is amplified if religious groups work in partnership with each other, and with governments and non-governmental actors.”

Additionally, she talked about preventing hate speech, religious intolerance, and discrimination by being “authentic” examples of one’s faith.

“The best answer to Islamic extremism will be authentic Islam, just as the solution to Christian extremism will be authentic Christianity,” she said. “It will be the best of faith that defeats distorting versions of religious belief.”

Sister Sharon Eubank, left, director of LDS Charities and first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, spoke at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, April 29, 2019. Also pictured are Dr. Azza Karam, center, senior advisor on culture, United Nations Population Fund, and Sister Carol F. McConkie, right, Church representative to the United Nations.