Tuesday, 20. June 2023

Talking to Each Other

The opportunities of interreligious dialogue

It is a fact that people believe differently. And history shows that conflicts arise time and again because of this. But we can also see these differences in faith as an opportunity and grow together in coexistence.

The current Schneller magazine shows different perspectives on interreligious dialogue. Friedmann Eißler, the responsible for interreligious dialogue of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wuerttemberg, traces the fruitful impulses for one's own faith that arise in a trusting dialogue with non-Christians. Ziad Fahed, the founder and director of a Lebanese dialogue initiative, illustrates how differently interreligious dialogue looks in Lebanon and in Western societies.

The Muslim theologian Nayla Tabbara from the Lebanese Adyan Foundation talks in the interview about her personal experiences as a Muslim in a Christian church service. The Lebanese theologian Martin Accad, in turn, explains why it is sometimes good to focus on the Christian message of God's love, which came alive in Jesus, when talking to Muslims. Dorothee Beck reports on interreligious encounters between preschool children in a kindergarten in Berlin. And finally, the two volunteers Benedikt Feick and Edgar Schnaittacher give a special insight into interreligious interaction at the Theodor Schneller School (TSS). The TSS in Amman is also the subject of a photo project in which children and young people report on their life at the school. But that is by no means all which is to discover in the current Schneller magazine.