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World Council of Churches journal Current Dialogue focuses on rethinking interfaith engagement

17 December 2019

Current Dialogue, the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) long-standing journal on interreligious relations, is now available online and as a print issue in a new format.

Recognizing the indispensability of interreligious dialogue amidst changing religious realities, the journal seeks to offer space for stimulating and sustained reflections on a wide range of interreligious issues.

“It is my hope that in the years to come, the new Current Dialogue will offer a theologically vibrant and contextually grounded platform for debate on issues at the heart of interreligious engagement from an ecumenical perspective,” writes WCC general secretary the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a foreword.

Current Dialogue will now be produced annually with its own distinctive identity and editorial team by the journal publisher Wiley as a special issue of the WCC quarterly, The Ecumenical Review, which has been published by Wiley on behalf of the WCC since 2009.

Current Dialogue started publication in 1980–81, produced by the WCC’s then programme on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and Ideologies.

Expressing the hope and wish that the journal will become “an accessible and effective tool for committed interreligious engagement,” Tveit writes: “May it truly serve to enhance further exploration as well as expansion of interest in interreligious engagement in fresh and fruitful ways, and may it address with integrity and insight some of the most pressing questions of our times.”

This issue of Current Dialogue focuses on the theme “In Honesty and Hope: Rethinking Interreligious Engagement for our Times” and opens with an article by interfaith scholar and former WCC deputy general secretary Wesley Ariarajah on the history of the WCC’s involvement in interreligious dialogue. Other authors offer reflections on rethinking interreligious engagement from diverse perspectives, notes editor Rev. Dr Peniel Rajkumar in the opening editorial.

“The lens of honesty and hope helps ensure that the ethos of this volume remains simultaneously critical, celebratory, creative, and constructive,” he writes.

The journal addresses academics, interfaith practitioners, researchers, students, institutions, religious leaders of different faiths, and all those interested in the study of religions.

Subscribers to The Ecumenical Review will receive and have access to Current Dialogue as part of their regular subscriptions, extending the reach of Current Dialogue to nearly 6000 institutions around the world.

More information about Current Dialogue

WCC’s work on interreligious dialogue

Table of Contents of Current Dialogue – articles may be consulted free of charge until the end of January 2020.

Current Dialogue is available as part of a subscription to The Ecumenical Review:
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