New Columban website for interreligious dialogue

14th August 2015 - by Ellen Teague

Lay missionary Mauricio Silva attends an interfaith meeting in Sparkbrook, Birmingham.
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Columban missionaries in Australia have launched a new Columban website, which aims to educate and inspire Columban Missionaries and the wider public about interreligious dialogue.

In a world too often convulsed by conflict, violence and terrorism—sometimes falsely associated with religion—dialogue is the best way to build relations, promote peace, develop mutual understanding, build harmony, grow in truth and love and work collaboratively for the welfare of all people and all creation.

The website has been developed by the Columban’s Interreligious Dialogue Network. Columbans share personal stories about their engagement in interreligious dialogue, how they became involved, what they do, what inspires them, how their lives and spiritualities have been enriched and how their work on social issues is much more effective when done in collaboration with others.

Since interreligious dialogue is an integral part of the Church’s evangelising mission—as developed in Catholic Church teaching over the past 50 years—each member of the Church has a part to play. Hence the many resources on the Columban IRD website—annotated bibliographies, teaching documents, clips and links to a wide selection of websites—are relevant to all Catholics and all other Christians. Believers from other religions, interfaith activists and all people of good will everywhere can also benefit.

The Coordinating Committee of the Society’s Interreligious Dialogue Network is: Fr Pat Colgan, Hong Kong; Fr Sean Dwan, Ireland; Fr Liam O’Callaghan, Pakistan; Fr Paul Glynn, Philippines; Fr Patrick McInerney, Australia and New Zealand.

The website is rich in resources and is a great resource for interfaith activists and anyone who wants to learn more about interreligious dialogue.