Congress theme is announced

"Beyond Conflict to Reconciliation:
The Challenge of the 21st Century"

The UN has declared that 2010 shall be The International Year for Rapprochement of Cultures, and calls for “interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace".

As both people of faith and human rights defenders, IARF members are called to confront abuses of religious freedom. But where this is impossible, we must ask ourselves what contribution we can make to promoting reconciliation.

The challenge in this new century is to move beyond dialogue, toward creating pathways to reconciliatory interventions through interfaith collaboration.
Women and youth have a crucial role to play through their insights and perceptions.

Our congress will invoke and explore the shared values that must underpin any lasting resolution of the many religion-based tensions and conflicts in today’s world.
It will consider how to involve the perspectives and contributions of all ages and nationalities, and both genders, in joining together to help birth a new culture of peace among religions.

From the organisers
Thank you to everybody - organisers, participants, reporters - for a wonderful success!

IARF 2010

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