Religious leaders hold inter-faith dialogue

2017-10-31 06:00
More than 300 guest attended the annual sustainability banquet on Saturday

More than 300 guest attended the annual sustainability banquet on Saturday

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The International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) hosted its annual sustainability banquet on Saturday at the Old Mutual Conference Centre located in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

More than 300 guests attended and were afforded the opportunity to partake in an inter-faith dialogue by religious leaders deliberating an ethical vision for the role of religion in South Africa.

The lavish evening hosted by the Islamic Institute welcomed various guest speakers including Dr Imam Rashied Brown, reverend Alan Storey, rabbi Richard Newman, Nalini Y Gangen, shakyh Isgaan Taliep and Dr Nozizwe Madala Routledge. Topics ranged from family units to ethical roles in religion and more. Those who were not present were afforded the opportunity to tune in live via audio stream and Facebook live.

Taliep, IPSA’s principal, delivered his presentation on the ethical role of religion in the country and urged locals to be relevant when addressing social injustices. Storey, an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, urged guests to treat children equally and used the tale of a family unit where the parents planned to take a trip leaving their four children behind to bring forth the idea of treating all of humanity with fairness and justice.

Gangen, the chairman of the Hindo Association of the Western Cape, spoke about peace and the spiritual element of life, while Newman, from London, England spoke on ethical direction as religous leaders and sacred scriptures, pointing out that social justice and human dignity are the fundamentals of all religions. Other speakers on the pannel continued the session getting guest of their seats during a Q&A session which followed.

Guest who attended say the event is one of many needed to spiritually and mentally uplift locals in the community. “This programme is much needed in our community and the fact that we had various religious leaders from all faiths present made it more interesting. We need to stand together as one to work our way forward,” says Sadia Majiet. “The topics presented were very interesting and I enjoyed the stories of all leaders on the panel.”

V For more information or a recording of the session call IPSA on 021 638 1121

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