Interfaith Events to Address Contemporary Criticisms of Religions

People of all faiths are invited to join representatives from the World Council of Churches and the Geneva Inter-Religious Platform as they discuss and explore ways to better understand religious and cultural diversity.

During the weekend of Nov. 12-14, the two organizations will be hosting a series of events – public panel discussion, youth forum, international colloquium, interfaith celebration, and a cultural exhibition – in Geneva to respond to contemporary criticisms of religions.

“At a time when religions are accused of neglecting the spiritual and blamed for being at the root of numerous conflicts, we are called to respond together to an urgent question: Religious identities – for better or for worse?” a promotion for the event stated.

According to the WCC, various prominent Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim personalities in the field of inter-religious dialogue” have been invited to attend the events. The series of events are entitled “My neighbour's faith and mine. Religious identities: for better or for worse?”

Speakers include Ruth Dreifuss, former president of Switzerland; Rabbi Marc-Raphael Guedj, former chief rabbi of Geneva; Larbi Kechat, Algerian sociologist and rector of the Adda'wa mosque in Paris; Jean-Claude Basset, Geneva Inter-religious Platform founder; and Lama Nèldjorpa Wangchouk, a Tibetan monk.

For more information on the interfaith event, visit: wcc-coe.org