Five young people—the winners of a recent WCC essay competition on “The Future of Interreligious Dialogue”—will speak with Rev. Dr Wesley Ariarajah, former deputy general secretary of the WCC and director of the Dialogue programme, and Dr Clare Amos, former WCC programme coordinator of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation.
The essay contest winners are Lea Schlenker from Germany, Kritsno Saptenno from Indonesia, Ioannis Christodoulakis originally from Greece, Nicole Kallsen from the United States and Christopher West from Ireland.
They will have an opportunity to briefly share salient points of their prizewinning essays as a starting point for the conversation. The essays in their fuller form will subsequently be published in Current Dialogue, the WCC’s journal for interreligious encounter.
“The journey of the WCC’s office of Interreligious Dialogue since its setting up in 1971 has been marked by faithfulness and fruitfulness as the WCC has prayerfully and practically discerned what it means to be stewards of God’s mysteries and servants of Christ in a multi-religious world,” said Rev. Dr Peniel Rajkumar, WCC programme coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue. “This event, entitled ‘Reminiscing the Past and Rethinking the Future,’ will provide an opportunity to revisit the rich legacy of the WCC’s engagement in interreligious dialogue as well as envisage new paths for interreligious engagement in the future.”