Christianity and Interreligion in South and Southeast Asia


Marcus Braybrooke, agent for the Interfaith Observer in Asia, writes: Living in a multi-religious society is still a new experience for many people in Europe and America, but in Asia members of one faith community have traditionally coexisted in the same geographical space with those of others. Crossing boundaries – for example, marrying a member of another community – could result in social ostracism. At times, sharp controversy and, sadly, horrific violence has been suffered, as when India was partitioned. At other times, for centuries in millions of villages and town, neighbors from different traditions have gotten on well, been friends, and even enjoyed some practical cooperation.

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Youth Action on Climate Change

The International Workshop on Climate Change “Youth Action on Climate Change” is organized by World Youth Foundation in collaboration with Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Pembangunan Pertanian Melaka Sdn Bhd and various other agencies.

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Hate, racism have no place in Buddhism

Hate, racism have no place in Buddhism

Credit a top US diplomat for raising the issue of fast-growing religious intolerance in our region. Tom Malinowski, an official of the human rights office of the US State Department, made his comments last week in Myanmar. It was the perfect spot. It also drew the expected reaction: nothing. His message that hate and calls for violence were surfacing among some mainstream Buddhists in Myanmar and in Sri Lanka was overdue and bears strong repetition and opposition.

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Indonesia should allow interfaith marriage, say bishops


Indonesian bishops have told the country’s top court that they support interfaith marriage and that laws that may restrict mixed unions are discriminatory.

(Photo) Father Yohanes Purba Tamtomo, a representative of the Indonesia Bishops’ Conference, speaks about the Church’s position on interfaith marriage during a hearing at the Constitutional Court on Monday (Photo by Ryan Dagur)

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Malaysia court sets next hearing date in Catholic paper’s ‘Allah’ case

Malaysia’s Federal Court has fixed January 21 to hear the Roman Catholic Church’s review application following its failure to get leave to appeal the Home Minister’s ban on the use of the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, the Herald.

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5th WORLD PEACE FORUM: Quest for Peace: Lessons of Conflict Resolution

World Peace Forum

The Indonesian Central Board of Muhammadiyah in cooperation with the Kuala Lumpur-based Cheng Ho Multi-Culture Education Trust, and Centre for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilisations (CDCC) will organize the 5th World Peace Forum to be held on November 20 – 23, 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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