- Explore–Experience–Evolve Towards Oneness
8th – 13th August 2017
The purpose of interfaith dialogue is to increase our understanding and respect for other religious systems and institutions, thereby increasing our appreciation for their values. Dialogue should enhance our sensitivity to the feelings of all religious people professing their relationship with God. Good dialogue should, in addition, result in the deepening of the faith of every religion.
All our needs are basically three-fold: Business, Social, and Spiritual. We all want to basically fulfil our survivalist, social and spiritual needs. We all act and interact with one another in some way and try to make this world a better and beautiful place to live. We are all a World Wide Web of so many relationships. Can this whole world be just one cosmic family? This is a fundamental question in the context of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam “one world one family”. At this point in time this could only be an imagination and hope. This seems and appears to be a distant possibility and a great challenge. At this time, Henry Martyn Institute, with its long experience of interfaith engagements, since last few decades, today HMI with a real quest, have to another level in organizing a seminar on “Explore – Experience –Evolve towards Oneness” from 7th – 11th August 2017 for different religious leaders. The participants of the seminar will be maximum 5 religious leaders representing each religion. As we all know that the role of a religious leader has always been pivotal in building a peaceful bridge between different communities. Religious leaders are best known as the torch bearers of faith community. And these people have the potential to influence people in a wider context to bring unity and a peaceful coexistence among intra and inter religions. They function as the mediators in the midst of different conflict situations. They play a key role in educating people in reconciling misunderstanding, prejudices and for healthy relationship among the adherent through different forms of interfaith encounters. So today, to lay the common groundwork for peaceful society and to promote nation building, there is in need of religious leaders who effectively contribute through their sense of oneness.
- Raise awareness about the relevance and the growing need for interfaith dialogue.
- Redefine Otherness and our relation to this ‘Other’ in a dialogical way by providing the leaders with a broader picture of other faith traditions.
- Contextualise scriptures in the light of social issues and interfaith dialogue.
- Providing the common ground to find out required tools to address societal issues.
This seminar, opened to religious leaders of different faith. Each day there will be a detailed study of one religion. The day starts with contextual scriptural reading followed by exposure visit to a religious place and reflections on the overall objective of the program.
- Contextual Scriptural Reading: Reading and expounding the scriptures. Contextual understanding of the scripture in its implication of various social and environmental issues.
- Exposure Visits: Practical experience of visiting different religious worship places which will provide opportunity for an understanding about other faiths.
- Group Reflections: This activity will give the opportunity to the leaders to personally reflect on the different experiences which will encourage the leaders to find various required tools to incorporate in their respective religious practices.
- Keerthan/Bhajan/Naat Khawan/poetry: In the evening HMI will arrange Keerthan/Bhajan/Naat Khawan/poetry from different religious practices which are aimed at allowing people to spend time together in order to create long lasting relationships and exchanging spiritual talks with each other irrespective of their religious affiliations.
- To explore with religious leaders of the seminar the way forward to expand the interfaith engagements and dialogues in their respective religious institutions.
- To identify the potential leaders by the participants and ensure that they equip the capacities of interfaith awareness to further organize interfaith programs with or without HMI’s collaboration.
- To expand and reach out to various religious/faith based organizations/institutions about interfaith work of HMI locally, nationally and internationally.
Who can attend:
- Religious leaders from any faith background
- People who are engaged in Interfaith work.