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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.



"an attitude of openness in truth and love must prevail in dialogue with believers of non-Christian religions, despite the various obstacles and difficulties, particularly fundamentalism on both sides "  -  Pope Francis

Interfaith News & Events from the Scottish Bishops' Committee

A Fond Farewell

In early July we said goodbye to our intern Mary Catherine O'Reilly Gindhart who has worked with us for the past two and a half years.

Mary Catherine has been an enthusiastic addition to our team and has enjoyed all she has learned about interfaith relations. She continues with her PhD work and will teach a course on interfaith for Cabrini University, Pennsylvania  in the autumn. Click the images for a larger photo.

Colloquium on Faith In Public Life



Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th August 2019,  at the Xaverian Missionaries Conforti, Calder Avenue, Coatbridge, ML5 4JS

Click here for more details.

Trees For Life

To mark the 20th anniversary of Interfaith Scotland Scotland's faith communities are working together in a unique project to address the climate crisis. A tree planting initiative - The World Interfaith Harmony Grove - gives the opportunity for groups and individuals to plant a grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands.

Read more about the project here and click here to add a tree to the grove.

The Council of Christain and Jews (CCJ)

Read the July issue of the CCJ Newsletter here

The World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC ) met in June 2019 and agreed to restore formal relations and strengthen communication. Read about this important declaration here.

Also from WCC, read here to learn about their recent interfaith student gathering.

Challenging Hate Crime

A new report by the Faith & Belief Forum and the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, calls on faith and community organisations to work together to address religious hate crime in their local areas. Read more about this important report here or download the full report from the website of the Faith & Belief Forum.

October 10th 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of Interfaith Scotland, which was established to promote and facilitate constructive engagement between different faith and belief communities across Scotland through dialogue, educational activities, civic engagement and the promotion of religious equality.

The annual meeting of the Scottish Religious Leaders' Forum will be held in Glasgow University in the afternoon of the 10th and will be followed by an evening celebration of the wonderful work of Interfaith Scotland.

Please put the date in your diary and look here later in the summer for more details.

New President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

The Holy Father has nominated as President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, His Excellency Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., Titular Bishop of Luperciana. Bishop Ayuso had formerly been the Council Secretary and we wish him well in his new role.