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Geneva: prominent inter-faith representatives to debate role of religious identity

08 November 2005

Larbi Kechat, an Algerian sociologist who is the rector of the Adda'wa mosque in Paris, French rap singer Abd Al Malik, and former vice chair of the Federal Council, and former president of the Swiss Confederation, Ruth Dreifuss, are among well-known personalities expected at an

Inter-religious weekend

in Geneva, 12-14 November

Salle Frank-Martin / Ecumenical Centre / Saint Peter's Cathedral

The interfaith group, including Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist speakers, will discuss the potential "for better or for worse" of religious identity today, and address almost 100 young Christians from Europe and the Middle East on this topic. The weekend is being jointly organized by the Geneva Inter-religious Platform and the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Programme and speakers

<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; "» Saturday 12 November, 20:00, Salle Frank-Martin

PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION

Jean-Claude Basset, Protestant pastor and founder of the Geneva Interreligious Platform

Ruth Dreifuss, former vice chair of the Federal Council, and former president of the Swiss Confederation

Rabbi Marc-Raphael Guedj, former chief rabbi of the Geneva traditional Jewish congregation and founder of the Roots and Sources Foundation

Larbi Kechat, Algerian sociologist and rector of the Adda'wa mosque and socio-cultural centre, Paris

Lama Nèldjorpa Wangchouk, teacher at the Dharma University and Sangha Rimay spiritual community, France.

<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; "» Saturday-Sunday 12-13 November, 09:00-18:00, Ecumenical Centre

TWO-DAY YOUTH INTER-FAITH FORUM

Abd Al Malik, a French rap singer who is a Soufi.

Perry Schmidt-Leukel, professor of systematic theology and religious studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and chair of World Religions for Peace

<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; "» Sunday 13 November, 18:00, Saint Peter's Cathedral

INTER-FAITH CELEBRATION

<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; "» Monday 14 November, 09:15-17:30, Ecumenical Centre

INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM "AN END TO TOLERANCE?"

with a broad range of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu specialists in inter-religious dialogue, including Kechat Larbi, and R.P. Dominique Peccoud, special adviser to the International Labour Office (ILO) for external relations and partnership.

<span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; "» Monday 14 November, 20:00, Salle Frank-Martin

PERFORMANCE BY KONYA WHIRLING DERVISHES FROM TURKEY

More information on the weekend is available on the WCC website at:

wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/interreligious/vivre-ensemble.html

Press representatives who wish to interview any of the above-mentioned speakers are requested to contact the media representative for this event: Elisabeth Wilson, mobile +41 (0)79 434 2744