Interreligious Dialogue Helpful for Minority Religions Facing Difficulties in Majority Culture

June 14, 2005

Source: The Christian Post

On June 14, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "Bishop Samuel Azariah, a Christian leader from the Protestant Church of Pakistan, lives in a minority community of Christians among a majority of Muslims. Dr Orhan Cicek is a Muslim scholar of Turkish origin living in Australia where Muslims are among a majoirty of Christians. The two scholars explored what it means to be a religious minority in an environment of different faith and what interreligious dialogue can do for the vulnerable, during the World Council of Churches-sponsored interreligious event in Geneva, Switzeland, on June 7-9...Ultimately, Cicek said interreligious dialogue is helpful for those living in insecurity among a majority...Cicek said he values the efforts of organizations and institutions which promote multicultural and interfaith dialogue, as their efforts can also influence the attitudes of politicians and authorities."