Adult Faith Development Explores Interreligious Dialogue and The call to Christians and Muslims to be Instruments for Healing and Peace

Saturday, April 14th found a lively gathering engaged in some essential reflection on interreligious dialogue and relations among Christians and Muslims. Fabrice Blée, professor of interrelgious dialogue and spiritaulity at St. Paul University presented a comprehensive history of the Churchs dialogue with other religions of the world. He helped participants understand the vocational call of all the baptized to openness and respect towards others by exploring many events and documents.

2 Muslim panelists, Ms. Noha Beshir and Dr. Aisha Sherazi joined Christian panelists Sr. Jean Goulet and Mr. Carl Hétu, for rich and insightful presentations and dialogue about relations among Christians and Muslims and the need to be builders of healing and peace. Many participants expressed their appreciation for the many new insights this panel presentation brought to them.

Fabrice emphasized that while it is wonderful to find and celebrate commonality among all peoples, it is also most important to explore our differences and honour and respect them as other. This is one of the great strengths of the dialogue among Christian and Buddhist monks, who continue to be a prophetic presence in this regard, and it is needed among all people.

Participants were enlightened and enthused by the day, indicating their desire and need to explore these essential issues further. It was certainly a day of Putting Out Into the Deep! for which all were most grateful.

Professor Fabrice Blée

The next session will take place on Saturday, May 12th, 2007 when Bishop Paul-André Durocher will help participants explore baptism and the call to discipleship. (613)738-5025 (x217), or [email protected] to register

All are welcome!

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