Discussions "Lively" at Interfaith Conference in Waterloo

June 1, 2007

Author: Gladys Terichow

Source: Mennonite Central Committee Press Release


Despite the cancellation of three public forums, an interfaith conference to foster dialogue between Mennonite theologians from North America and Shi'ah Muslim theologians from Iran achieved its goals, said the director of MCC Ontario, Arli Klassen.

The conference, co-sponsored by MCC and Conrad Grebel University in Waterloo, took place at the university, May 28-30.

Registered participants and invited observers explored different aspects of spirituality presented by seven theologians from the Imam Khomeini Research and Education Institute in Iran and seven theologians from Mennonite colleges in North America.

Probing questions and small group discussions followed each presentation, said Klassen, explaining this lively exchange of opinions "encouraged people to explore concerns that each of us have, to correct misunderstandings and deepen our comprehension of each other's points of view."