Committee for Interreligious Dialogue

The Scottish Bishops' Committee for Interreligious Dialogue exists to make Catholics and others aware of the importance of interreligious dialogue within the life of the Church.  Enjoy browsing this site to discover more about the work of the Committee and how you might get involved.

Interfaith News & Events from the Scottish Bishops' Committee

24 September - Our home page and website has been updated with a number of news items and events:

Read our latest blog from Sr Isabel Smyth on Common Ground in dialogue;

The Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26 is an important document, so please read it;

On October 7th we have the next CCJ Zoom event "Noah and the Environment" part 2 - see the poster below; 

Also below you can watch a wonderful video from the Edinburgh Interfaith Association of their 'Virtual Peace Walk' and you are invited to join then for their AGM and Annual Keynote lecture - see below;

read the latest Interfaith Scotland Newsletter; the Interfaith Scotland AGM and Annual Lecture takes place by Zoom on 30th September at 7.00 pm - click here to register 

Faith Communities Prepare for COP26

Scottish and UK religious leaders have signed a declaration calling on governments to take transformational climate action at COP26.

More than 50 religious leaders signed the Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration which calls for those in power to put the 2015 Paris Agreement into effect. The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change adopted by 196 parties at COP21 in Paris

View the video above and read the Declaration below.

The Edinburgh Interfaith Virtual Peace Walk and an Invitation to their AGM

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EIF Poster

Noah and the Environment

Above is a poster inviting you to an event that will take place over two evenings, which will look at the story of Noah and the implications it might have for how we think about the climate emergency. The talks will feature speakers from both the Jewish and Christian communities and will take place via Zoom.

As Glasgow prepares to host the COP26 conference in November, CCJ thought it would be good to have an interfaith-based discussion on these issues.

On the poster you will see a link to register for each talk via Eventbrite. We ask that you register this way so we have a rough idea of who is coming. 

The Theme for Scottish Interfaith Week 2021

Interfaith Scotland have announced that the theme for Scottish Interfaith Week this year, from 31st October to 7th November, will be 'Together for Our Planet'. Click here to read more about the preparations already underway to celebrate the week.

The faith communities of Scotland are leading the way in public and civil engagement with the COP 26 climate conference, and we look forward to seeing Scotland and her people at their engaged best when the eyes of the world will be upon us.

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Food For Thought...

Dialogue is born from an attitude of respect for the other person, from conviction that the other person has something good to say. It assumes that there is room in the heart for the person’s point of view, opinion and proposal. To dialogue entails a cordial reception, not a prior condemnation. In order to dialogue, it is necessary to know how to lower the defenses, open the doors of the house, and offer human warmth.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets Maulana Syed Ali Raza Rizvi, president of Majlis e Ulama e Shia (Europe).

Whatever their faith, the wise have always been able to meet each other beyond those boundaries of external forms and conventions which are natural and necessary to human life, but which nonetheless separate humanity.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

St Mungo's Museum

An Invitation to Write

St Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art has made a significant contribution to interfaith and intercultural relations in Scotland. As a Church committed to interreligious dialogue we hope that the mission of the Museum - to explore the importance of religion in people’s everyday lives across the world and across time, aiming to promote mutual understanding and respect between people of different faiths and none - will continue and that faith communities who were stakeholders at the beginning of the museum will continue to be involved in its development.

If you would like to support this write to

duncan.dornan@glasgowlife.org.uk

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