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Media invitation: 18th Building Bridges Seminar

Media invitation: 18th Building Bridges Seminar

Photo: Nicola Green/Georgetown University

07 June 2019

The eighteenth Building Bridges Seminar will meet 11–15 June 2019 in the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Geneva, Switzerland. An international circle of scholars will engage in close reading and dialogue on the topic of freedom—between humanity and God, different religions and politics, personal conviction and public order, and between individuals— exploring the historic role of faith communities in addressing freedom.

Building Bridges has been a long-running, high level process of theological dialogue between distinguished Muslim and Christian scholars. It was launched in 2002 by the Archbishop of Canterbury and gradually its stewardship passed to Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Approximately 30 Christian and Muslim scholars are invited every year by the President of Georgetown University to take part in the meeting of the seminar. Each year there is continuity in the group, along also with some new invitees, in order to gradually extend the Building Bridges community but also develop a sense of a continuing, coherent conversation among a community of scholars who have gradually come to know and trust each other.

On 11 June, the World Council of Churches hosts the opening session of the 18th Building Bridges Seminar for Muslim and Christian scholars-Freedom: Muslim and Christian Perspectives - sponsored and organized by Georgetown University- and invites all interested media to attend and cover the event

When: 11 June, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Where: Ecumenical Centre, Geneva

Featuring presentations by:

  • Dr Tuba Işık, University of Paderborn
  • Dr C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell, Redcliffe College
  • Dr Azza Karam, United Nations, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Reception from 6:00 pm, Ecumenical Centre Lobby
* This is a seminar with “closed sessions”. Journalists are able to cover and conduct interviews only during the opening session.
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The event will be live-streamed at: