Interreligious Summer School “breaks down predjudices”

Christian, Jewish and Muslim students who attended the World Council of Churches (WCC) 2018 Interreligious Summer School at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey said that learning to break down prejudices about the other was a lasting impression from the six-week course.

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Will Duterte’s sharia gift bring lasting peace to southern Philippines?

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In an attempt to end militant violence that has claimed more than 120,000 lives over five decades, Duterte signs over parts of the country to sharia law and allows them to keep most of their collected taxes

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Singapore faiths and government should work closely to curb extremist religious speakers: forum

Local religious leaders have called for a stronger partnership between themselves and the government to prevent foreign religious speakers with deviant views from coming into Singapore.

They were speaking at a one-day forum, organised by the Institute of Policy Studies, on the role of religious leaders and the state in cultivating religious harmony in Singapore at the Furama RiverFront Hotel on Tuesday (3 July).

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Iranian artist fosters interfaith ties with Filipinos through Mary

Interfaith dialogue through art is something that Muslim Iranian calligrapher Tandis Taghavi, 45, has always believed in.

Using the Persian writing style called “nastaliq,” characterized by the downward slope of letters from right to left, Taghavi wrote verses from the Quran’s 19th chapter, “Maryam” or “Mary,” and dedicated the artwork to Filipino Christians to highlight the commonalities between Islam and Christianity.

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PNG: Church-State Forum

Church leaders in Port Moresby attended a meeting in June of 2018 – Papua New Guinea church state partnership development forum at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The two-day forum has brought together church leaders to find meaningful ways and proactive approaches to work together to improve and protect the lives of the people affected.

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New Zealand: Interfaith dialogue revolutionising religion

Interfaith dialogue is becoming increasingly essential in today’s multifaith world and is actually revolutionising religion.

Interfaith Scotland director Dr Maureen Sier, who gave a public lecture on the topic of interfaith dialogue on March 27 in Auckland, said an uncomfortable truth societies face today is the diversity of religion. She belongs to the Baha’i faith.

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Timor-Leste turns to religious tourism to boost economy

Bishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva of Dili (center), Tourism Minister Manuel Vong (next to the bishop) and pilgrims pose for a picture after a send-off Mass at the Bishop’s residence in Dili before the group began its pilgrimage to Oecusse in Timor-Leste on April 20. (Photo by Thomas Ora/ucanews.com)

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Why the rescued Thai soccer team has ordained as Buddhist novice monks


After their dramatic rescue from Nang Non cave, the Thai boys and their soccer coach have ordained as novice monks for a period of nine days, as a part of paying respect to the Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, who died during the efforts to save them.

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Khmer-Krom: Viet Namese Restrictions on Freedom of Religion

Even though the Vietnamese Constitution formally recognises the right of all minorities to freely exercise their own faiths, the restrictions imposed in practice pose a serious threat to the freedom of communities to practice their religions. The complex system of permissions designed by the Vietnamese legislation represents a considerable obstacle for these communities, which often adds to the harassment and violence committed by the State apparatus against religious activists and figures.

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Interreligious summer school brings together Christian, Jewish and Muslim students

This week the World Council of Churches Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland is ringing with scriptural sharing, research, and dialogue drawing together perspectives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam as students work to complete a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies.

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