Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christian, Muslim religious teachers gather for interfaith dialogue


From the website of CBCP

Christian, Muslim religious teachers gather for interfaith dialogue

DAVAO City, Nov. 20, 2011—In an effort to further promote interfaith dialogue among Muslims and Christians in Mindanao, a gathering of Catechists and Madaris gurus was organized by Silsilah Forum Davao on November 11-13.

Some 43 Madaris and Catechists, most of whom were women, attended the gathering.
Madaris (plural of Madrasa School) provide basic education on Arabic and Islamic teachers (gurus).

Just as Christian catechists guide and teach young Christian students on the basic tenets of the Christian faith, Madaris gurus also play a significant role in forming the hearts and minds of young Muslim students.

The meeting aimed at building friendship among participants and share on the culture of Christian-Muslim dialogue for them to be able to teach their subjects in a more dialogical manner.

Resource persons were Fr. Archimedes A. Lachica, SJ, Dr. Omar Mababaya, Ustadh Garson Hamja, Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME and Fr. Larry Sabud, Christian coordinator of the Silsilah Forum Davao; along with Miss Nor Asia, the Muslim coordinator.

At the end of the three-day meeting, the participants came out with a statement reflecting the spirit that they have acquired during their assembly.
Using the word “Interfaith” as acronym, the group categorically stated its commitment to promote peace and interreligious dialogue.

“We, the participants of the 2nd Madaris Gurus and Catechists Seminar- Workshop for Dialogue and Peace (Davao City) commit ourselves to: I-ntegrate and promote moral values; N-urture peace; T-olerance; E-quality; R-espect; F-riendship; A-cceptance; I-nter-relationship; T-ogetherness; H-armony (acronym is INTERFAITH) Dialogue.”
A similar gathering is also being proposed to the madaris gurus and catechists of Zamboanga City, Basilan and Jolo. (CBCPNews)


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