Inter Religious Dialogue (IRD), also referred to as Interfaith Dialogue, is about people of different faiths coming to a mutual understanding and respect that allows them to live and cooperate with each other in spite of their differences. The term refers to cooperative and positive interaction between people of different religion traditions. i.e. faiths at both the individual and institutional level.
Interfaith Dialogue is not just about discussions. It includes human interaction and relationships.
The objective of Inter Religious Dialogue is Peace and cooperative effort for the common good. Each party in dialogue remains true to their own beliefs while being open to learn from the other. It often helps participants to deepen their own faith while being enriched spiritually by the other’s faith.
Interfaith Dialogue is not just about discussions. It includes human interaction and relationships. Without dialogue people are unable to respect one another or to find common ground. It’s a challenging process by which adherents of different religious traditions encounter each in order to break the walls of division that sometimes lead to hatred and violence.
Inter Religious Dialogue builds enduring relationships between people and can awaken us to the love of God. God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them." (1 John 4:16)
The Columban Interreligious dialogue desk in Fiji is trying to develop mutual respect and appreciation among young people with a view to them cooperating in the area of social and ecological justice.