An interreligious event and reception hosted by Cardinal O’Brien in solidarity with the Pope’s invitation to religious and cultural leaders to come to Assisi to pray for peace. Over 60 people gathered along with the religious leaders in Scotland in the Lauriston centre, Edinburgh.
In 2010 the Bishops Conference of England and Wales published a document "Meeting God in Friend and Stranger" which set out the Church’s teaching on interfaith relations. The Bishops' Conference of Scotland Committee for Interreligious Dialogue has produced a Study Guide to accompany this document,which will be published by December 2011
The purpose of the Study Guide is to:
Educate Catholics in Scotland about the Church’s teaching on its relationship with other world faiths.
Introduce Catholics to some of the questions and issues that arise in interfaith relations such as interfaith marriage.
Inform Catholics about some of the work that goes on in interfaith relations in Scotland.
We hope that it will be a useful tool to help people understand the teachings of the Church.
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With the Conforti Institute and the Catholic Education Service we planned a conference on Nostra Aetate for 5th and 6th year pupils. The Catholic Education Service produced curriculum material on Nostra Aetate which was distributed to all schools in Scotland.
The committee wrote, designed and produced a leaflet on Nostra Aetate which was distributed to all parishes in Scotland
October 2010 was the 45th anniversary of the promulgation of Nostra Aetate. This document came from the Second Vatican Council and was concerned with the Church’s Relations with people of different faiths. The committee worked with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities to organise a seminar on the document. This was attended by 80 people and addressed by Father John Pawlikowski and Rabbi David Rosen, both of whom had been chair of the International Council of Christians and Jews. The committee also arranged for Fr Pawlikowski and Rabbi Rosen to conduct seminars and public talks at Glasgow University, the Lauriston Jesuit Centre and Aberdeen University.
During Scottish Inter Faith Week 2010 members of the Committee visited the Central Mosque in Glasgow. Archbishop Conti presented Dr Kausar, the President of the Mosque Committee and a member of the Muslim Council of Scotland with a copy of the Bible. This visit was reciprocated when some members from the Central Mosque came to Glasgow Archdiocesan Offices for coffee and a discussion about setting up some kind of conversation/ dialogue between Catholics and Muslims.
Members of the Committee were invited by the Jewish community to a celebration of TuBiShvat, the festival is known as the Festival of Trees which is the beginning of the agricultural year in Israel. Archbishop Conti brought the traditional gift of fruit which he presented to Rabbi Ruben, some of which was then cut up to be eaten at the light supper prepared by Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.