Interfaith Dialogue: Theory, perception and practice.- Ethics of interfaith dialogue.
Interfaith dialogue is one of the topic what is discussed much but the consensus on what it actually is, how it is working for different communities and what direction it should take in future seems to be lacking.
Each community loads it a different meaning and definition. Hence the expectations also vary. Sometimes it is “preaching to the converted” sometimes it is a platform where marginal groups are able to express themselves and sometimes it is used as a platform to make politically correct remarks. There seems to be a need for a critical discussion on theory, perception and practice. Such a discussion should perhaps also touch on developing an ethics of interfaith engagements.
We aim to host a discussion on interfaith dialogue itself and discover what the reality is and where it is working or not working as well as how it should move forward. An engagement and collaboration among faiths, cultures and ideologies is a vital. We hope to initiate a discussion on methodologies and terms of such an engagement and how it should serve the greater good of humanity in future.
We envisage that this event will launch a series of engagements and discussions on the topic at hand.
Contributors will be representatives of faith communities. They are expected to share how interfaith dialogue is perceived in their respective communities, what practical initiatives exist and what are the reservations about interfaith dialogue. Gaining insight into the reservations and suspicions by various faith communities will enable proponents of interfaith engagement to re-evaluate their strategies and even their objectives and methodologies.
We believe harmonious world needs collaboration of sound-minded people of all affiliations and an interfaith cooperation can be an important player in this. We hope this event will be a positive step toward achieving this.