Back to listOct 31, 2012

SGI-Australia Youth Strengthen Interfaith Connections Through Dialogue

ParticipantsParticipants in the interfaith dialogue

On October 31, SGI-Australia (SGIA) youth held an interfaith dialogue with over 20 youth from the 2012 Muslim Leadership Program run by La Trobe University's Centre for Dialogue. The dialogue took place at the SGIA Culture Center in Sydney, with the theme "The Spirit of Contributing to the Community." This is the fifth time SGIA youth have met with the participants of the leadership program. A Q&A session provided the youth with opportunities to ask questions about each other's faith, and small group discussions provided an intimate setting for dialogue. Personal experiences in faith were shared, and the event provided a forum for the creation of bonds of friendship and understanding based on a shared commitment to contribute positively to the community. 

The Muslim Leadership Program is a one-month program that aims to foster leaders who can speak clearly and confidently on issues confronting people of Islamic faith in Australia and Southeast Asia. The program is sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Islamic Council of Victoria, among other organizations.

[Adapted from an article on the SGI-Australia (SGIA) website; photo courtesy of SGIA]