Some twenty Christian and Muslim women will meet together in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the beginning of next month, as part of an ongoing practical dialogue and conflict transformation process called 'Moving towards peace through religion'.
Hosted by the Diocese of Gothenburg of the Church of Sweden from 4-7 September 2008, the meeting follows one held last year in Teheran. The initiative is co-organized by the Iranian Institute for Interreligious Dialogue (IID) and the World Council of Churches (WCC).
"Christian and Muslim women are peacemakers in many ways, be it at the global level, in society and in the community," says Rima Barsoum, World Council of Churches' programme executive for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation.
She adds: "This encounter aims to take the existing dialogue between Christian and Muslim women one step further."
Bringing contributions from diverse backgrounds including the arts, media, education and theology, participants will wrestle, in critical solidarity with tradition, with issues pertinent to a just society of women and men. In order to ensure a constructive role of religion in our societies, the role of women is put up for discussion.
The meeting contributes to the Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010, a WCC initiative that promotes peace and non-violent ways of living together.
More information on WCC work on strengthening inter-religious trust and respect: http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=3143
Decade to Overcome Violence information: http://overcomingviolence.org