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
Latest updates 26 May - Replay our time of online Interfaith Prayer held on Thursday 14 May; - See participants at our time of prayer to mark Eid al-Fitr - See below; a new blog post from Niamh Dillon, a parishioner of St Augustine’s Church, Milton, who has spent lockdown on Holy Isle where she has been spending some time during her gap year before going to study law at Edinburgh University
Wonderful moments of praying together!
On the 14th of May 2020, more than 200 people from Christian and Islamic traditions of faith prayed together and asked God almighty for the good of all humanity. The Bishops Committee for Interreligious Dialogue and Ahl-al Bait Society Scotland organised this spiritual meeting in response to Pope Francis and the Committee of Human Fraternity’s call for a day of fasting and prayer for the good of all humanity.
Replay the time of prayer here...
Praying Together on Eid
Brothers and Sisters, praying to God...
“We are all united as human beings, as brothers and sisters, praying to God each according to our own culture, traditions and beliefs, but brothers and sisters praying to God - this is important"
Pope Francis 14 May 2020
Some of the participants in the prayer event for Eid on 24th May. It was good to celebrate Eid with our Muslim brothers and sisters and to take time to pray together. We hope to be able to pray together more often.
Coronavirus - words of hope from Pope Francis
Tonight before falling asleep
think about when we will return to the street.
When we hug again,
when all the shopping together will seem like a party.
Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar,
the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will be all a memory
but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.
We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us.
Every second will be precious.
Swims at the sea, the sun until late,
sunsets, toasts, laughter.
We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage.
See you soon! "
When we take off our shoes, we stand before God having relinquished any human claim to the earth beneath our feet. Shoes are the simplest of our possessions, and when we stand shoeless, we are wholly human before God, whether we are Christian or Sikh, Muslim or Hindu. Not that all these places [of worship] are holy, but something happens there, in the presence of which I should stand attentive, quiet, and barefoot in reverence.
— Diana Eck in God at 2000 by Marcus Borg, Ross Mackenzie