Empowering Grassroots Efforts in Promoting Interfaith Harmony
This discussion was held on Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Rabbi Jeffrey Steven Berger
Member of the Fifth Circle (Eco-Circle)
Fellow at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
Linda Desayana Koswara
Program Manager and Public Relations at Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace (ICRP)
Agustinus Allan Porajow
Delegate for the 4th ASEAN Youth Interfaith Camp 2020
Deputy Director of 1000 Abrahamic Circles Project
Interfaith harmony means bringing peace and safety among people, regardless of the differences of what they believe in. It is very beneficial for all of us when we can achieve interfaith harmony as it will make the world a better place. However, achieving interfaith harmony can be a challenge as people adhere to different faiths, religions and values. These differences may result in a variety of emotions and comprehension. It would be best if these emotions and comprehension led to a common ground, love, mutual respect and tolerance. In the process of accomplishing interfaith harmony, all of us must be involved to give an effective contribution.
Most people may view interfaith dialogues as the involvement of elites in peace-building efforts among religious communities, while people from the grassroots are also implementing their own approach. For that reason, the involvement of the grassroots is really important to share their different religious knowledge in an efficient context and with an effective concept.
To maximize the grassroots efforts in promoting interfaith harmony, the cooperation between the young and older generations should be enforced. Both generations have to create an impactful collaboration based on their different viewpoints. The transfer of insights between these generations should be well-facilitated to build a strong synergy. To improve this engagement, a dialogue and fruitful discussion among all generations is needed. The question is, how will both generations take a step together?
Let’s find out by watching the public discussion in this video attached!