A small number of fficials from the Vatican and senior Muslims are holding a two-day meeting in Rome this week, with the intention of laying the foundations for a major global Catholic-Islamic exchange later in 2008.
Two major religious organizations, one Jewish and the other Muslim, have unveiled a shared interfaith dialogue project which is intended to reach hundreds of thousands of their members across the United States and Canada.
Annegret Kapp describes the experiences of young Christians, Muslims and Jews as they seek to come to terms with the challenges of global religious faith through a special summer school at the famous Bossey Institute.
The World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Institute in the Swiss countryside has been the setting of a major month-long global dialogue on the state of religion in the world - an invitation to honesty, deeper understanding and the renewal of conversation.
Against a backdrop of public questioning about how a beneficially plural society can be sustained, the British Methodist Church is inviting people of all ages and faith backgrounds to take part in the Face 2 Faith photo competition, capturing images that communicate something powerful about positive inter-faith relations.
In 2006, the young people of Methodism challenged the Church to dedicate a month to prayer for improved relationships between people of different faiths. They pointed to the 'hostile and untrue' things that are said about some faiths, particularly Islam. Inter faith action, they decided, was hugely important as a way of challenging this. And the first step could be prayer.
The continuing confusion of Christianity with the dominant assumptions and institutions of Western society is one of the main barriers to improved relations with Muslims, the UK think tank Ekklesia has suggested today.