THE YEAR OF INTERFAITH DIALOGUE CONFERENCE
SILENCE, TEXTS, & SERVICE
Towards a Christian, Hindu and Buddhist Dialogue
The Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) of the University of St. Andrews just finished celebrating a year of activities with the theme of Inter-Faith dialogue. The year started in September 2015 with an opening lecture by Professor Mario I Aguilar on “Silence, the Pro-Logos and the Monk in Raimon Panikkar: Sutras for a Christian-Hindu Dialogue”. During the same month the CSRP co-sponsored two talks by HH the 14th Dalai, one at the O2 Arena in London and the other at the London Palladium as well as a talk by M. Ghandi’s grandson Arun Ghandi (Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence). During October 2015, the Hindu scholar Sharada Sugirtharajah spoke about modern Hindu theologians.
The year culminated with the signing of “The St Andrews Declaration on a Shared Humanity”, an event that took place at Upper College Hall on Friday 23 September 2016. In many ways, this event was unprecedented in scope and ambition. We sought to provide a platform for scores of religious, political, and youth leaders from some 20 countries to deliver a message of unity to the world, and we succeeded tremendously in this regard.
Our conference made headlines around the country and included representatives of Christian Churches, of the Hindu communities from the UK and India, of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Buddhist community, ambassadors of Muslim nations, British imams, academics, and leaders of the UK Jewish community.