Christian Websites for Interreligious Dialogue
Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network
Ecclesiological Investigations brings together quality research and inspiring debates worldwide from a network of international scholars, research centres and projects in the ecclesiological field. The Network seeks to promote studies, research, dialogue and collaboration across the broad spectrum of the Christian tradition and to promote genuinely collaborative ecclesiology in national, international, intra-ecclesial and ecumenical contexts. It aims to serve as a hub to foster and facilitate conversation and collaboration that is both open and pluralistic in character
Irish School of Ecumenics:
This is the website of Ireland’s Centre for Ecumenical Studies, International Peace Studies and Reconciliation Studies at Trinity College Dublin. It contains ex.tensive information about its staff, research and publications and the academic programs offered at its campuses in Dublin and Belfast as well as latest news and upcoming events. It also contains extensive links to other academic institutions which offer studies in various aspects of peace and reconciliation
Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique / Monastic Interreligious Dialogue
DIMMID is an international monastic organization that promotes and supports dialogue, especially dialogue at the level of religious experience and practice, between Christian monastic men and women and followers of other religions
Vatican Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue
The Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue (DID), previously named Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), is responsible for promoting mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between Catholics and the followers of other religious traditions. It does not cover Christian-Jewish relations which is the responsibility of the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (see below)
Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department
For resources on the Catholic Church and Interfaith Dialogue see http://www.scarboromissions.ca/interfaith-dialogue/the-church-dialogue For resources on the Golden Rule see http://www.scarboromissions.ca/golden-rule/educational-resource
In recent years, the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department in Toronto, Canada has committed itself to building a website featuring curriculum and useful educational resources for interfaith work. These resources include online courses, toolkits, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, guidelines, games, meditations, powerpoint, etc.
Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, US Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Although its main focus is inter-Christian relationships this website is excellent for information about US interreligious dialogues and contains a good general bibliography for Catholics interested in interreligious dialogue
Uniting Church (Australia) – Relations with Other Faiths:
This website was launched in 2009 and contains a wide variety of resources, upcoming events and Australian interfaith news
World Council of Churches (WCC):
This ecumenical site gives an interfaith rationale for interreligious dialogue while noting some biblical resources. An e-zine ‘Current Dialogue’ contains a wealth of articles on interreligious dialogue, news about interreligious events and related WCC consultation reports. It contains many useful links to other interfaith organizations
A general site on religion and spirituality across many religious traditions
Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions:
The website contains a history of the World Parliament of Religions from its origins in 1893, including the Melbourne Parliament held in 2009
The Council for Chaplains in Tertiary Institutions (CCTI)
The official ecumenical and multifaith agency that is responsible for the accreditation of chaplains in all higher education institutions in Victoria.
Interfaith Encounter Association:
The Interfaith Encounter Association, established in the 1950s, is an association of Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross cultural study. Its current projects include weekend retreats, the Women’s Interfaith Encounter (launched in 2001) and Youth Interfaith Encounter (begun in 2002). You can also subscribe to the IEA newsletter.
The Interfaith Observer (TIO)
An electronic journal created in September 2011 to explore interreligious relations and the interfaith movement. In providing historical perspectives, current interfaith news, and maps and sign-posts for newcomers, it offers a context to explore and respond to the new religious world around us.
Jewish-Christian-Muslim Association of Australia:
This is the website of JCMA, a Victorian based organization established in 2003 aims to enable people of faith to deepen their understanding of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Australia today by meeting, engaging with and learning from Jews, Christians and Muslims
The Regional Interfaith Network (RIN)
This website was established in Melbourne, Australia in December 2010 with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. Founding organizations include the Australian Multicultural Foundation. It contains news and events of interfaith activities which include interfaith and humanitarian activities, interfaith and women, interfaith and conflict resolution, interfaith and climate change, interfaith and youth, interfaith and grassroots initiatives, and interfaith and the arts.
Religions for Peace Australia
Religions for Peace (Australia), formerly known as the World Conference of Religions for Peace (Australia) is Australia’s largest community-based organization working for inter-religious harmony and social cohesion. In abbreviated form, it is known as RfP Australia. It is affiliated with the World Conference of Religions for Peace (now known as Religions for Peace International) with its headquarters in New York. The mission of Religions for Peace Australia is to work for interreligious peace and harmony and for social cohesion in Australia as well as upholding the universal values of authentic religion and spirituality.
Religions for Peace Global Women of Faith Network
In 2001, Religions for Peace launched the first ever Global Women of Faith Network. A network of networks, Religions for Peace Global Women of Faith Network brings together diverse women of faith to promote their leadership, coordinate strategies and pool resources and capabilities for cooperative action for peace. It now consists of more than 1000 religious women’s organizations at the national and regional levels in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America.
Women’s Interfaith Network (Sydney):
The Women’s Interfaith Network (Sydney) is a gathering of women of different religious traditions who meet and work to promote harmony, understanding and respect among the followers of the various world religions, and stand together as a sign of solidarity among people of faith
The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies:
This is a website which supports activities related to the comparative study of, and the practical interaction between, Buddhism and Christianity, whether by groups or individuals
A Common Word – Official Website
This site contains an abbreviated form of “A Common Word between Us,” a letter to Christians from 138 Muslim scholars, and many of the Christian responses to the letter
Birmingham University – Centre for Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (CSIC):
The website for the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham offers a wide range of research and studies in Inter-religious Relations as well as its specialized studies in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations
Pontifical Institute for the Study of Arabic and Islamics: Rome
This is the website of PISAI, a Catholic institute which aims at the ‘intellectual, and spiritual training of Christians for an encounter between Christianity and Islam, in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding’. It contains information about the institute’s program of studies, publications, events and activities, links and library
Bat Kol Institute
This site, a service of the Jerusalem-based Bat Kol Institute, provides resources for Christians studying the Bible within its Jewish milieu, using Jewish sources. It includes Light of Torah study resources designed to offer insight into scripture from a Jewish perspectives as well as resources for learning biblical Hebrew, commentaries on the weekly Torah portion and information about Jerusalem study opportunities
Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
Under the auspices of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, this site contains documentation of Catholic relations with the Jews
Etz Hayim—the “Tree of Life”
This web site exists to promote Christian-Jewish relations and dialogue, and a joint biblical, spiritual and liturgical self-consciousness and cooperation. It contains resources for both Christian and Jews to learn about and understand each other, including the Torah Portion and Christian Lectionary readings of the week and a Glossary of Christian Terms for Jews and Jewish Terms for Christians. A Calendar marking Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy days is available
International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ):
This is the website of the ICCJ which serves as the umbrella organisation of 38 national Jewish-Christian dialogue organizations world-wide. It promotes understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews based on respect for each other’s identity and integrity. It also encourages research and education at all levels, including universities and theological seminaries. The website of the Australian Council of Christians and Jews, and those of the State bodies can be found at http://ccj.org.au/
The Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE)
The Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE) was an institutional partnership established in December 2007 between Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation and the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. CMJE was made possible by funding through the Righteous Persons Foundation. The Center closed in January 2012.
The Aladdin Project
The Aladdin Project is an independent, international non-governmental organization based in Paris. The Project was launched under the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in March 2009. We are convinced that a lasting intercultural dialogue can only thrive in an interchange that is at peace with history. Our goal is to promote harmonious intercultural relations, particularly among Jews and Muslims, and we seek to reach out to those who yearn and work for peace and mutual respect.