MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 9, 2011) - In pursuit of interreligious dialogue and understanding as a vital tool for peacemaking, particularly those geared towards peace in Mindanao, the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy initiated efforts to gather leaders from both the Islamic and Christian faiths, as well as members of the academe and civil society.
Realizing the imperative to come to a common ground is most urgent as the country continues to struggle with conflict and underdevelopment especially in Muslim Mindanao, it said.
The national interfaith dialogue forum with a theme, “A Common Word Towards A Common Peace: Strengthening Interfaith Dialogs and Understanding in the Philippines” will be participated in by more than 50 delegates from Manila, Davao, Maguindanao, Cotabato, Basilan, Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi and faith-based institutions Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Peacemaker’s Circle, Catholic Women’s League, National Council of Churches in the Philippines, National Ulama Conference of the Philippines, among others.
The forum is organized by PCID together with the Magbassa Kita Foundation Inc. and supported by the Australian Agency for International Development and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
Basilan Ulama Supreme Council Chairman Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason will discuss the historic document, A Common Word, while US-based Peace Catalyst International’s Dr. Rick Love will give a presentation during the interfaith forum on November 10 at the UP Balay Kalinaw in UP Diliman Campus in Quezon City.
The interfaith dialog serves as a culmination of the five intrafaith dialog forums held in the cities of Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Davao and Cebu for the purpose of advancing the mutual understanding between people of different faiths and facilitating collaborative action and bring together groups and individuals to collectively advance the cause of peace.