Interreligious Dialogue In Scotland

Annual Colloquium Residential

Friday 23rd February to Saturday 24th February 2024

In the Conforti Centre in Coatbridge

“The role of “religious experience” in interreligious dialogue”

The colloquium is faith formation opportunity for members of the Catholic community interested in or active in the work of Interreligious Dialogue.

Our theme “With the living God at the Centre”, looks to explore the role of religious experience in interreligious dialogue.  The event will be led and facilitated by Rev. Professor Will Storrar the Director of the Centre for Theological Inquiry, Princeton, USA.


  1. Religious Experience: The role of religious experience in interreligious dialogue: past and present challenges and opportunities.
  2. Religious Experience: “How do people of faith dialogue through Religious Experience in and with a secular culture.”
  3. Lived Experience Seminar: "The future of Interreligious Dialogue in the life of the Church" Paulin Batairwa Kubuya, sx Under-Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue 
  4. Lived Experience Seminar: “The Role of Religious Experience in Interreligious Dialogue in Scotland: learning from the past and hopes for the future.”

A conversation facilitated by Prof Storrar with Dr Maureen Sier.

  1. “Gathering Our Learning”: Input and facilitated Conversation by Prof Storrar.

Start: 5.30pm Friday 23rd Feb                     Finish: 3.30pm Saturday 24th Feb 2024

Availability and Cost

There are 22 residential places available and 22 non-residential places available:

Residential Cost per person: £75

This includes your Friday evening meal, single room accommodation with en-suite bathroom and shower facilities and Saturday breakfast and lunch.

Non-residential participants £30

This includes your Friday evening meal and lunch on Saturday.

Tea and coffee are available throughout the event.

To reserve your place:

Contact the Interfaith Officer Joe Sikora:

Payment: By cash or card on arrival



Prof Will Storrar 

Prof Will Storrar

The common thread in Will’s varied career is lifelong learning about the power of collaboration for the common good.

As a student in the 1970s, he learned the power of the open forum to bring diverse voices into dialogue, while working for the Rector of Edinburgh University.

As a parish minister in the 1980s, he learned the power of local leaders to mobilise communities facing the end of the industrial era in the West of Scotland.

As a university lecturer and civic activist in the 1990s, he learned the power of civil society to organize for the public good in the campaign for the Scottish Parliament.

As director of Edinburgh University’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues in the 2000s, he led research on the potential of global civil society and digital democracy.

He directs the Centre of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, where visiting researchers harness the power of transdisciplinary thinking on global concerns.

His publications include “A World for All?” on global civil society, and “Yours the Power” on faith-based organizing in the USA. Will is an Honorary Professor of Edinburgh University. 

Fr. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya, sx

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Fr. Paulin Batairwa Kubuya, sx

Paulin Batairwa Kubuya, sx (sx: xaverian missionary), was born in Congo (DRC) in 1971 and ordained as a priest in 2000.

He holds a Master of Arts in Theology from the Maryhill School of Theology (MST) – Philippines, and a Doctorate in Religious Studies from Fu Jen Catholic University (Republic of China – Taiwan).

He has served as Executive Secretary for the Commissions for Christian Unity and that of Interreligious Dialogue of the Regional Bishops’ Conference of China -Taiwan.

At the time of his appointment as Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, on 11 November 2019, he was Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies in Fu Jen Catholic University.

Fr. Paulin is a member of the “Joint Working Group” of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches, and a Consultor for the Editrice Missionaria Italiana (EMI).

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