South East Asia News
A select coverage of Interfaith News and Events in South East Asia may be found here
- Pakistan: Speakers call for respecting all religions to create harmony
- Holy See at United Nations Urges Dialogue
- Vatican: Message to Hindus for Feast of Deepavali
- Myanmar: Thousands Gather for Interfaith Rallies
- Myanmar: Interfaith rally invokes co-existence, chides international community’s criticism
- Some think interfaith dialogue goes nowhere. A veteran rabbi begs to differ.
- Chinese police order Muslims to hand in all copies of the Koran and prayer mats or face ‘harsh punishment’
- Myanmar’s Buddhist Leaders Must Take a Stand Against Ethnic Cleansing
- Secretary General of the World Islamic League in the Vatican
- Pope Francis Sends Message to Sant’Egidio Interreligious Peace Meeting in Germany
6th Regional Interfaith Dialogue
The sixth Regional Interfaith Dialogue was held in Semarang, Indonesia, from 12-15 March 2012 and involved the participation of religious leaders, civil society, academia and media. Read more here
Interfaith and Women
Regional Interfaith Dialogues have affirmed the increase of gender diversity in Interfaith activities. The work of women in sharing, participation, humanitarian initiatives, development and peace-building is expanding. Read more here
Interfaith and Humanitarian Issues
Regional Interfaith Dialogues promote development: "We ask that faith groups and civil society develop partnerships with each other and with governments to work for social and economic justice, minority empowerment and reconciliation among conflicting groups within society." Read more about Interfaith and Humanitarian issues here
Interfaith and Youth
Regional Interfaith Dialogue endorses further exchanges between people (e.g. young people, students, teachers, religious leaders, academics) of different faiths, within and between countries, and at the grassroots communal levels. Read more
Interfaith and The Arts
The arts have always been a powerful medium for bringing about more understanding, respect, and opening the hearts of people from diverse cultures. The arts may include: music, song, theatre, poetry, film, multimedia, dance, visual arts and many other forms. Read more
Interfaith and The Media
Interfaith practitioners recognise the impact of the media on public opinion and their critical relationship to peace and harmony, interfaith and intercultural understanding, nation building, social cohesion and social responsibility. Read more
Interfaith and Conflict Resolution
Regional Interfaith Dialogues actively seek and promote ways to resolve conflict and build peace.
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Interfaith and Grassroots Intitiatives
Promotion of Interfaith dialogue at the grassroots level serves as an instrument to promote sustainable livelihoods and community cohesiveness or unity, thus, becoming the basis of civil society to promote the democratization process. Read more about Interfaith and community initiatives here
Interfaith and Education
The Yogyakarta Regional Interfaith Dialogue stated, "We are of the view that the promotion of a culture of peace and acceptance based on relationships of justice should be promoted through education as a way to enrich dialogue." You can read more about Interfaith and Education here
7th Parliament of the World's Religions
Toronto will host the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions. Read more
World Interfaith Harmony Week
H.M. King Abdullah of Jordan took a decisive lead, formally proposing to the U.N. General Assembly the observance of a World Interfaith Harmony Week on September 23, 2010. You can read about the origins of World Interfaith Harmony Week here
We, as leaders of faith communities, need to develop a more inclusive view of the religious other, to recognise the humanity of the religious other as a starting point. We need to recognise the essential equality of all human beings regardless of religious beliefs. We need to affirm the mutuality and interdependency of all people... We may need even to extend this and recognise that religious other may, just may, have at least some access to the Truth. We may need to accept that the religious others also adopts more or less the same set of essential universal ethical-moral principles we share; that the religious other has feelings of pain and pleasure just like us; that the religious other has similar expectations about their children and family and the preservation of life, property and security; and that the religious other has the same fears and anxieties about the world and the future, just like us.
Regional Interfaith Dialogue
Regional Interfaith Dialogue is jointly sponsored by Australia, together with Indonesia, the Philippines and New Zealand. In addition to the co-sponsoring countries, the eight remaining ASEAN countries also participate in the Dialogue, as well as East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
The Dialogue has been conducted on six occasions, most recently in Semerang, Indonesia, in March of 2012. The theme of the Semerang Dialogue was "Strengthening Collaborative Communities to Promote Regional Peace and Security: Interfaith in Action".