We advocate for transformational dialogue.
Columban missionaries, from the very beginning of our Society in 1916, have lived and worked among believers from other religions, some for many decades.
Interreligious dialogue is transforming the lives of Christians and other believers throughout the world. It is changing the way we do theology together and leading to more effective collaboration among believers for the common good.
We have learned that the best and most effective way to address the pressing social issues of poverty, injustice and environmental degradation is by harnessing the collective wisdom and energies of the religions and by doing things together with others rather than in isolation.
We advocate for a culture of encounter.
The most basic reason for dialogue among human beings is our common humanity. We are all sisters and brothers. People around the world follow various religions, of both ancient and more recent origin. Indigenous spiritualties embody a reverence for the environment that has been handed down through generations in oral traditions and expressed in ritual, dance and story. Columbans are involved with indigenous people, as well as with Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Jews around the world.
There are four commonly accepted forms of interfaith dialogue:
Interfaith Dialogue Resources:
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