Shanta Premawardhana to Direct Inter-Religious Dialogue for World Council of Churches

October 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Episcopal Life

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches at its meeting in Armenia on September 28 elected the Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana as its director of inter-religious dialogue and cooperation. Premawardhana will begin his new assignment in Geneva this November.

Since 2003, Premawardhana has served the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) as its associate general secretary for Interfaith Relations and director of its Interfaith Relations Commission. The Commission comprises representatives of the NCC's 35 communions and experts in interfaith relations, and meets twice a year to undertake the work of relations with other religious communities on behalf of the churches.

Clare J. Chapman, NCC acting general secretary, said Premawardhana did much to facilitate in the U.S. "an essential dialogue among faith groups. He helped bring all of us closer together and the mutual insights we gained enhanced both our understanding of other faiths and our commitment to our own. He takes much experience and wisdom to the World Council of Churches."

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