Pakistan: Christian and Muslim Leaders Say Stop Attacks against Minorities and Yes to Speedy Justice


A Christian Chapel adjacent a masjid at University of Faisalabad was recently opened and blessed by the Archbishop of Faisalabad. Muslim and Christian leaders attended the opening and spoke in support of harmony between Muslims and minority religions.

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International Conference on “Youth, Peace and Violent Extremism”.

International Conference on “Youth, Peace and Violent Extremism” is a gathering between 100 to 150 young people from around the globe to come together to share their experiences on how they are building resilience in their communities to prevent violent extremism. This conference will take place in Melaka, Malaysia 30 July – 3 August 2018.

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Indonesia: Unifying faiths in peace and harmony through dialogue

In a plenary discussion titled ”Light and Truth in Pluralistic Asia” held at the Asia Ecumenical Youth Assembly (AEYA) in Manado, Indonesia last Monday, religious leaders from different faiths shared perspectives. They agreed that continuous interfaith dialogue is key to better mutual understanding, tolerance and respect. And thus crucial for long term peace and stability.

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Indonesia and the Future of Islam

Currently, 62 percent of Muslims live in Asia. Another 32 percent live in Africa. Relatively few of the world’s Muslims actually live in the Middle East. Indonesia is by far the most populous Muslim-majority country on earth; its 202 million Muslims are more than the entire Middle East combined.

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Indonesian Muslims and Online Piety

At a recent Religions@Deakin seminar, Fatimah Huseina of the State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia presented on research about online piety and the issues around displaying one’s faith online, riya’. What follows is an overview of this work by Fatimah Huseina and Martin Slama.

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Bishop Gunnar Stålsett Visit to Myanmar

(3-8 March 2018 | Yangon & Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar) Bishop Gunnar Stålsett [Honorary President of RfP International] visited Myanmar on 3-8 March to advance confidence building among diverse actors for peace, justice and reconciliation. Bishop Stålsett engaged with various national actors to: discern what, if any, outside assistance could contribute to bringing essential parties together in a long-term cohesive and sustainable dialogue; better understand the religious, ethnic, cultural and political factors that are shaping the present situation; discern consensual and/or conflicting agendas among religious leaders and other civil society actors; assess what specifically can be done by national civil society and faith groups to overcome the political impasse on various levels; explore ways to improve the humanitarian situation through dialogue and common action; and explore alternative diplomatic and track 2 approaches.

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YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity) 2018



Applications are now open for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity) 2018, an inter-religious training programme of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The intensive training course, held annually since 2014, seeks to enable young Christian leaders from Asian churches to contribute towards the building up of just, harmonious and peaceable communities by equipping them for ministries of justice and peace from an inter-religious perspective.

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OIC-KAICIID Conference Issues Joint Statement on Interreligious Dialogue in South and South-East Asia


The Conference on Interreligious Dialogue in South and Southeast Asia organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Bangkok, Thailand, from 18 to 20 December 2017 issued the Bangkok Joint Statement that calls for boosting local, national and regional collaboration on interfaith coexistence.

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OIC Commitment to the Promotion of Interfaith Dialogue and Peace-Building in the Interreligious Dialogue Conference in Bangkok

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), H.E. Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, said that the OIC is committed to promoting interfaith dialogue, peace building and conflict resolution, which are priority issues of the OIC Program of Action 2025 and integral components for fostering better understanding between peoples and cultures in promoting sustainable development and encouraging positive relationships between nations.

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OIC -KAICIID Conference on Interreligious Dialogue tackles Muslim-Buddhist relations in South and South-East Asia


In order to promote better understanding, cooperation and partnership between faith communities across South and South-East Asia, a meeting of religious and civil society leaders, academics, policy makers and intellectuals from Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Singapore, and Malaysia was conducted in Bangkok, Thailand, 18-20 December 2017 to discuss how religious and cultural coexistence can be fostered.

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