Back to listNov 24, 2011

SGI-Iceland Participates in Interfaith Forum

Representatives from 14 different faith organizationsRepresentatives from 14 different faith organizations together with Iceland's President (front row, 6th from left)

On November 24, SGI-Iceland took part in the "Samráðsvettvangur trúfélaga" interfaith forum, which this year marks its fifth anniversary. SGI-Iceland is one of 14 faith organizations that regularly participate in the forum, which promotes understanding and respect between people of different faiths and meets at least four times a year. The forum was held in Reykjavík City Hall and attended by over 150 people. President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was one of the special guests and speakers at the event.

Religions represented in the forum include Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and the Icelandic traditional pagan faith. Bara Thordardottir, vice women's leader of SGI-Iceland, is the SGI representative to the forum.

SGI-Iceland General Director Eygló Jónsdóttir has spoken at various interfaith conferences organized by the forum on topics ranging from the function of religious buildings to ways of overcoming prejudice between religions and the creation of tolerance and understanding. Ms. Thordardottir has also introduced the Nichiren Buddhist perspective at a conference for medical professionals on how death is viewed by various religions.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Iceland; photo courtesy of SGI-Iceland]