Moving beyond tolerance of differences to appreciation is both the aim and the outcome of a 2011 summer course on 'Building an interfaith community' at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. Theodore Gill of the World Council of Churches explains the background.
Questioning the coherence of the newly-initiated World Interfaith Harmony Week, Michael Marten says that if neither 'faith' nor 'religion' really serve as useful comparative or relational concepts, it is perhaps intellectually more honest, and practically more fruitful, to abandon the pretence of ‘interfaith’ dialogue in favour of simple ‘interhuman’ dialogue.
An interfaith delegation’s recent visit to the Middle East could provide “a model and encouragement” for other Christians, Muslims and Jews to work together to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
At its recent biannual meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions elected as its chair Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid. The new leader's term of office begins on 1 January 2010.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has welcomed a speech by the UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in which he affirmed the role of faith in society. But others warn of a too-cosy relationship.