A life of purpose, a life of service

Yesterday, 2nd of October, it was the 152nd birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and I received a short and deep message from a real sister, a long-time companion in interfaith dialogue: Vinu Aram. I found the message as an excellent summary of my own experience of interfaith journey but also a spur to continue all together. Vinu gave me the permission to publish it in order to make it a gift for all of us. Here it is.

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AFGHANISTAN: IN FORTE CRISI DIRITTI UMANI E COESISTENZA PACIFICA

Leggiamo nel Documento sulla FRATELLANZA UMANA per la pace mondiale e la convivenza comune, sottoscritto nel Febbraio 2019 da Papa Francesco, Vescovo di Roma, ed il Grande Imam di Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb:

La storia afferma che l’estremismo religioso e nazionale e l’intolleranza hanno prodotto nel mondo, sia in Occidente sia in Oriente, ciò che potrebbe essere chiamato i segnali di una «terza guerra mondiale a pezzi», segnali che, in varie parti del mondo e in diverse condizioni tragiche, hanno iniziato a mostrare il loro volto crudele … “. 

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Conference of the World Council of Religious Leaders on Faith and Diplomacy: Generations in Dialogue

Join Religions for Peace for our upcoming Conference of the World Council of Religious Leaders on Faith and Diplomacy: Generations in Dialogue. The hybrid in-person and virtual Conference will be held in Lindau, Germany on 4-7 October, 2021, and we welcome you to participate virtually. 
The Conference of the World Council of Religious Leaders on Faith and Diplomacy: Generations in Dialogue will focus on three key themes: Peace and Security, the Environment, and Humanitarianism, including a focus on global public health and the role of religious actors in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  
Sessions will include interactive discussions, roundtables on diplomacy and religion, and debates. This inclusive and participatory modality will ensure systematic inclusion of the voices and the roles of interfaith youth in discussions with religious leaders, diplomats and intergovernmental partners.
We’ll be joined by a number of exceptional keynote speakers including:


H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
World Health Organization (WHO)




H.E. Ms. Helga Maria SchmidSecretary General
Organization for Cooperation & Security in Europe (OSCE)


H.E. Mr. Filippo GrandiUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General on the Sustainable Development Goals; Ambassador, Religions for Peace
Registration is required to virtually attend this event. If you have already registered, thank you! If not, please register at https://peace-dialogue-lindau.org/register/
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Annuncio della Conferenza del “World Council of Religious Leaders: Generations in Dialogue on Faith and Diplomacy” / Lindau, 4 -7 Ottobre 2021.

Dear Friends,

Religious communities are the largest and best-organised civil institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race, class, and national divides. These faith communities have particular cultural understandings, infrastructures, and resources; when people of faith (any faith and no faith) embrace the bold vision of multi-faith co-existence and solidarity, we can also face seemingly insurmountable global problems like poverty, disease, injustice, inequality, and degradation.

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