SESSION TWO: The Wider Vision – Interreligious Solidarity

Prof David Ford, Shayk Dr Umar Al Qadri, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, Rev Myozan Kodo Kilroy, Brother John Martin Sahajananda, Prof Esther Mombo, Mrs Hilary Abrahamson. Chair: Canon Ginnie Kennerley

THE SECOND SESSION was chaired by Canon Ginnie Kennerley, editor of SEARCH, who introduced the keynote speaker David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus of Cambridge University, as a Dublin- born Anglican theologian who had inspired a generation by pioneering Scriptural Reasoning – a process in which participants from different faith backgrounds meet together to compare their scriptures on agreed themes.

DAVID FORD
THANK YOU. It’s very good to be with you in Dublin, even “from a distance”. My lead question today is: How can we have healthily plural, peaceful and sustainable societies in our multi-religious and multi-secular world?

I think the document central to today’s Colloquium, “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity”, is superb – an excellent Christian contribution to a healthily plural world. As you know, it’s a Christian call to reflection and action, during Covid-19 and beyond, issued by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council forInterreligious Dialogue,