Summer 2021


OBLIGED by the pandemic to conduct this year’s Colloquium online, we were able to draw in contributors from three continents to ponder how we can serve the world in interreligious solidarity, as per the World Council of Churches’ document of the same name. We titled the event “Who is my Neighbour?”, the parable of the Good Samaritan being key to the WCC’s text.

We could not have hoped for more powerful and appropriate keynote speakers. Rev Dr Peniel J R Rajkumar, the WCC’s Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, introduced the first session with a rundown on the thinking of his team, which included key personnel of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

David Ford, Cambridge’s Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus, led the “Wider Vision” session, reflecting on the rise of Scriptural Reasoning and its contribution to mutual respect, understanding between members of world faiths,

Brother Jean-Marie of the Taizé Community led the session “Response to the Challenge”, drawing from the experience of Taizé brothers working in deprived areas around the world.

These speakers were supported by contributors which included Prof. Esther Mombo from Kenya, Delene Mark from S Africa, and Bro. John Martin from India, as well as Irish academics and members of world faiths and members of Irish missionary organisations.

The material which follows is arranged in four sections as delivered and discussed on the day. We are grateful to the Most Revd Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, for leading the final session, drawing together the thinking and challenges of the day, and to the Archbishop of Armagh, Most Revd John McDowell, for introducing and attending the first session. My heartfelt thanks also to my colleagues Dr Margaret Daly-Denton and Revd Bernie Daly for help with editing the mountain of material, to Revd Steve Brunn of the TCD chaplaincy for hosting the colloquium on Zoom, and to Revd Chris West for extra technical help.


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