Kay Warren is an evangelical leader, author, AIDS activist, and co-founder of Saddleback Church in Southern California. Along with her husband, Rick, Warren founded Saddleback in 1980 with just a single family to fill the pews. Today it has 120-acre campus, 22,000 weekly attendees, and has provided spiritual guidance and source material to over 400,000 ministers worldwide.
In 2002, Warren became "seriously disturbed" by the scope of the AIDS epidemic; she has since set up an AIDS ministry at Saddleback and spoken out about the disease around the world. Warren is the co-founder and co-director (with her husband) of The Global PEACE Fund, which fights poverty, disease, and illiteracy.
Warren has spoken to the United Nations Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. In 2006, Warren was among eight women honored for their humanitarian efforts at the CNN Inspire Summit. Warren is the author of Foundations Participant's Guide and Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes to God.
Question: Collectively, what should we be doing?
Warren: I think that there is . . . there is a requirement to see your neighbor; to love your neighbor as yourself. And what does that mean? It means to want for my neighbor what I want for myself. What I want for my neighbor’s children is what I always wanted for my children. Every child deserves a home. Every child deserves a family. Every child deserves to grow up with people who love and who care for them. Everybody deserves medical . . . adequate medical healthcare. It’s wrong that we in America . . . there’s such a disparity between what we have access to and what the rest of the world has access to. I want clean water for myself and my family. I want that for my neighbor. I want to live free of war. I want that for my neighbor. I don’t wanna have disease be something that keeps me . . . that causes me to live a shortened life. I don’t want that for my neighbor. It’s wanting for my neighbor what I want for myself.
Recorded on: 12/11/07