Examples of Inter-faith Dialogue Achievements
Examples of Interfaith Dialogue that Contribute Toward the Understanding of Global Religious Traditions
PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE (PCID)
Speaking, listening, giving and receiving for mutual growth and enrichment through Inter-Religious dialogue, founded in 1964
The PCID is the central office of the Catholic Church for promoting interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council. The PCID focuses on the following objectives:
- The promotion of mutual understanding
- Respect and collaboration between Catholics and the followers of other religious beliefs
- The encouragement to study religions
- The promotion of people dedicated to the cause of interfaith dialogue.
9TH WORLD ASSEMBLY OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE (2013)
A multi-religious organization aims at sharing a vision of peace through mutual understanding
“Religions for Peace”, the conference held in Vienna in November 2013, organized by the world's largest multi-religious organization. Each religion represented in the organization is respected as being held sincerely by the believers of that religion. . The conference addressed the urgent need to "Welcome the other".
INTERFAITH CONFERENCE OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON
Advancing justice, building community and nurturing understanding between different cultures and generations
Created in 1978, the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community and to work cooperatively for social and economic justice. IFC members currently include the Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities.
THE PAPAL CONCERT TO COMMEMORATE THE SHOAH
A key moment in Catholic-Jewish faith relations
On April 7, 1994, was the first official event held in the Vatican dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews murdered in World War II. Pope John Paul II, Rav Elio Toaff, the Chief Rabbi of Italy, and Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, President of Italy, jointly presided over the event. Around 7,500 invited guests attended the event, including several hundred survivors of the Holocaust, from around the world.
JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION
A gesture of unity: the Vatican and Lutheran World Federation sharing common understanding
On 31 October 1999, representatives of the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) signed a Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, as a gesture of unity. The document states that the churches now share "a common understanding of our justification by God's grace through faith in Christ."
EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS
A European platform which calls for actions to promote peaceful and fruitful coexistence for people inside and outside borders
European Council of Religious Leaders was founded in Oslo in 2002 and it is جزء of a more comprehensive coalition called Religions for Peace. The Council is built on the belief that dialogue and cooperation has a value in itself, and the Council has a leading role in promoting both cooperation and dialogue within the European region. The Council goes beyond words to actions in order to prevent and transform communal or interreligious tensions, reduce threats of weapons, promote human development and protection of the earth.
JERUSALEM PEACEMAKERS AND THE HOLY CITY
Peace and Reconciliation group in a modern, multi-faith and cultural Holy City
Jerusalem Peacemakers is a network of independent interfaith peace-builders dedicated to encouraging cultural and religious understanding and reconciliation in the Holy Land of Jerusalem, a city with historical significance to many religions. The aim of the Jerusalem Peacemakers is to inform the public and provide help for those dedicated to interfaith peace development
EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Showing Religious Harmony as Respect and Reconciliation, attended by many religious leaders alike
Was founded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Austria and Spain to enable, empower and encourage dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures around the world. Located in Vienna, the Centre is an independent, autonomous, international organization, free of political or economic influence.
The Board of Directors comprises high-level representatives of the major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and cultures. An Advisory Forum of up to 100 members of other religions, cultural institutions and international organizations provides a further resource of interreligious and intercultural perspective. The Centre's mission is facilitating interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding, to enhance cooperation, respect for diversity, justice and peace
THE UN HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON INTERFAITH COOPERATION FOR PEACE
Intercultural and Interfaith Understanding and Cooperation for Peace in the UN
The General Assembly decided to convene in 2007 a high-level dialogue on interreligious and intercultural cooperation for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and universal respect on matters of freedom of religion or belief and cultural diversity, in coordination with other similar initiatives in this area
"A COMMON WORD BETWEEN US AND YOU"
An Open Letter from the Muslim Community to the Christian Religion in an Effort to Forge Inter Faith Dialogue
On October 13th 2007, Muslims sent their interfaith message In “A Common Word Between Us and You", an open letter from leaders of the Islamic religion to those of the Christian religion. 138 Muslim scholars, clerics and intellectuals from various countries in different continents unanimously came together for the first time since the days of the Prophet to declare the common ground between Christianity and Islam.
ELIJAH INTERFAITH INSTITUTE
The third meeting of the board of religious leaders in Amritsar, India
In November 2007 the Elijah Interfaith Institute organized the third meeting of the board of religious leaders with a focus on "Sharing Wisdom: The Case of Love and Forgiveness". With seminars led by scholars of the Elijah Interfaith Academy, the conference elaborated on how religious traditions should, or should not, learn from one another, and consider appropriate boundaries, mechanisms and ways of sharing wisdom.
MADRID INTERFAITH DIALOGUE CONFERENCE
Sponsored by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and organized by Mohammed al-Turki and the Muslim World League, the "Madrid Interfaith Dialogue Conference" focused on the foundations and importance of dialogue and the need for peaceful cooperation. Approximately 200 delegates representing Christianity, Judaism, Sunni and Shi'a Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other religious traditions attended; جزءicipants also included academics and policymakers.
The declaration issued at the end of the conference called for a unified effort to combat terrorism and renew faith-based efforts to address corruption and social problems. It also included a call to avoid the defamation of religions and religious symbols.
FIRST MEETING OF THE CATHOLIC - MUSLIM FORUM
Pope Benedict meets with Muslim scholars and religious leaders
From 4th to 6th November 2008, an unprecedented three-day Catholic-Muslim summit was held at the Vatican, with leaders of both religions hoping to bring a deeper understanding between the two biggest world religions. The annual meeting includes more than 50 جزءicipants and is structured as a mostly closed-door workshop amongst scholars.
WORLD RELIGIONS DIALOGUE AND SYMPHONY (WRDS)
Indian City plays host to His Holiness Dalai Lama in a conference on interfaith cooperation to combat conflict
In January 2009, at Mahuva in the Bhavnagar district in Gujarat, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzing Gyatso inaugurated an interfaith "World Religions-Dialogue and Symphony" conference, convened by Hindu preacher and renowned Morari Bapu from January 6th to 11th, 2009. According to Morari Bapu, the conference explored ways and means to deal with the discord among major religions, promote continuous interfaith relations and emphasized the importance of peace between religions and cultures.
Founded in 2009
THE 9TH INTERFAITH CONFERENCE IN DOHA, QATAR
Spreads the culture of dialogue, the peaceful coexistence of humanity and the acceptance of others
From October 24th to October 26th, the 9th International Conference of Interfaith dialogue in Doha with the focus on "Social media and inter-religious dialogue, a new approach". The conference was organized by the center of Interfaith Dialogue in Doha in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and the University of Qatar. The Minister of Justice Mr. Hassan bin Alganem did the opening of the conference in which جزءicipated 240 clergy, scientists, politicians and experienced users of technology, Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Of the Orthodox جزءicipated the Patriarchal Vicar of Qatar Archimandrite f. Makarios of the Jerusalem Patriarchate and the deacon Dimitrios Safonof of the Patriarchate of Moscow.
INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE CONFERENCE
Discussing the functions, rights and responsibilities of religious bodies in a society where religion is often perceived as the embodiment of fundamentalism
Young Jewish, Muslim and Christian professionals discussed projects and cooperation between faith-based organizations at the Interreligious Dialogue Conference in Seville in 2010. The conference was aimed at developing best practices in the intricate field of interreligious dialogue. Jews, Christians and Muslims, aged to 26 from 40, used the conference as an instrument for improving and developing frameworks for monitoring and preventing anti-Semitism, racism, islamophobia, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.
5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
Create a model for dialogue and peaceful coexistence in order to overcome misunderstandings and stereotypes within the society
The International Conference, held in April 2013, brought together community members, including representatives of CSOs and Faith-based groups within Nigeria and globally to foster mutual respect between diverse ethnic and religious groups. Furthermore, to support civil society and individuals who seek non-violent approaches to conflict and strive toward a shared future. Since its inception, in October of 2009, the annual International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Dialogue has introduced and supported initiatives that expand shared perceptions among individuals of different religions, cultures, genders, and ethnicities.