Nawab is known, among many distinguished accomplishments, for establishing and chairing the Center for the Study and Research of Religions and Beliefs, which later became the University of Religions and Beliefs in Teheran.
The delegation was received by WCC acting general secretary (during the vacation period) Marianne Ejdersten and the dean of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey Rev. Prof. Dr Simone Sinn at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, and at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey.
Ejdersten said: "In our globalized situation, our work on interreligious dialogue, and cooperation holds the prospect of a genuine bridge-building among religious communities to address conflicts but also to prevent them, to make and keep the peace but also to root it in the hearts of people.”
Rev. Prof. Dr Simone Sinn underlined “The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey and the University of Religions and Denominations share the commitment to empowering young people by providing excellent educational opportunities. Education in the field of religion needs to foster deeper understanding of religious and cultural diversity, through rigorous academic study as well as courageous experiential learning in interreligious encounter.”
Ejdersten stressed the importance of encouraging people to deepen their knowledge about other faiths in order to overcome misunderstanding and prejudice. “Furthermore, we can work together on common challenges in society, and enable authentic encounters that nurture a deeper sense of understanding,” she said.
The delegation also honored the memory of the late moderator of the WCC central committee Dr Agnes Abuom in the Ecumenical Chapel, and her strong commitment to interreligious dialogue, education and formation.