Back to listApr 29, 2009

Interfaith Dialogue Held at Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay

From April 28-29, 2009, a roundtable entitled "Interfaith Dialogue in Uruguay: A Plural and Civic Proposal" was held in the annex building of the Legislative Palace of Montevideo, Uruguay. SGI-Uruguay representatives were among some 120 participants representing various Uruguayan religious traditions.

The event was planned as part of the build-up to a summit of the heads of state of the Mercosur bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela). Mercosur, originally a free trade grouping, is aiming to strengthen its humanitarian and intercultural activities.

The religious traditions represented included the Roman Catholic Church, the Federation of Evangelical Churches of Uruguay, the Committee of Evangelical Representation, the Anglican Church, the Armenian Orthodox Church, various ecumenical organizations, Jews, Muslims, African-Ubandists, Bahai's, Buddhists, Adventists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and people from the Brahma Kumaris faith.

The roundtable was hosted by the Latin American Council of Churches and supported by the Regional Center for Ecumenical Consultancy and Services (CREAS). This was the second interfaith roundtable, following the first that took place in the city of Asunción, Paraguay, from March 11-12, 2009.

[Adapted from an article in the June 24, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]