Interfaith Dialogue Held at SGI-Germany Culture Center
On June 4, an interfaith event was held at the SGI-Germany Culture Center in Mörfelden-Walldorf, as part of an open day event celebrating its 25th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to the center. The event included an interfaith panel discussion among representatives of the Christian, Islamic and Buddhist communities and was promoted by the town of Mörfelden-Walldorf as a way of increasing awareness and understanding of different cultures within the city.
In their discussions, the panelists discussed topics such as life goals and facing personal fears or challenges and came to a shared conclusion that as long as one takes action based on integrity and values, one can advance in life with confidence.
Some 400 people attended the open day event, including Heinz-Peter Becker, the mayor of Mörfelden-Walldorf. In recognition of SGI-Germany's contributions to the community, Mayor Becker gave the organization a presentation of orchids.
An exhibition on the three presidents of the Soka Gakkai and their activities to promote humanism was also on display, and the event also included a band performance.
[Adapted from an article in the August 10, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of SGI-Germany]