In a pluralistic world of competing ideas and interests, one major source of strife has been ethnic/cultural intolerance (often viewed in terms of religious intolerance). One prerequisite for moving beyond such strife is coming to a mutual understanding of the beliefs and worldviews of persons from differing religious and cultural backgrounds.
As a small beginning towards that lofty goal, representatives of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity will present their understanding of God, the divine or however that realm beyond human existence is conceived. If adherents to other religious/philosophical persuasions would like to join in making similar presentations, they are welcome. This conference will be patterned after the interfaith conferences developed by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
The format will be that of a 15 - 20 min. presentation by one or more representatives of each faith followed by a time of questions and answers. The purpose of this exercise is simply to try to understand each other's concepts without arguing against them. Thus, this is not to be a debate trying to prove beliefs other than one's own to be wrong. The purpose is to present in an understandable way the conceptual bases for each tradition and to hopefully remove at least a few of the misperceptions many people have towards faith traditions other than their own.
The venue for this event will be the second floor of the Tsukuba Information Center (next to Nova Hall), with the program beginning at 2 pm and finishing up about 4 or 4:30. For further information, call Tariq at 38-8062 ext 47 (work), 38-7150 (home) or Tim at 55-1907.
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