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.
Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Muslims could join Christians in persuading global leaders to agree ambitious, sustainable goals at the next global talks on climate change by joining forces, says the new WCC chief.
Leaders from the main religious communities across Stoke-on-Trent are today making a united stand against an anti-Muslim march which they believe is inciting racism, intolerance and xenophobia in the area.
Over 100 faith leaders have written to the United Nations Secretary-General ahead of a crucial international meeting on corruption. They insist that corruption is underming attempts to reduce global poverty.
Campaigners against next month's arms fair in London have announced that faith groups will hold a united silent vigil on the eve of the event. Members of several faith communities from London and beyond are expected to participate.
The UN has backed a resolution calling for interreligious understanding. But its backing by a regime known for its religious intolerance has provoked mixed responses. The issue of faith and terror was also discussed.