G20 Interfaith Summit – Gold Coast, Australia



G20 Interfaith Summit 2014 Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University

Sunday, 16 November 2014 at 9:00 AM – Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at 5:00 PM (AEST)  Surfers Paradise, QLD

G20 picsWorldwide, there is increasing recognition that faith and religion play a vital role in promoting peaceful and harmonious relationships within and between nations. However there are few examples of positive contributions faiths and religions make to social well-being and on policies that impact national and international communities. The G20 Interfaith Summit will be a forum where these contributions can be highlighted and advanced.

The Summit will bring together opinion leaders such as scholars, lawyers and political leaders with faith and interfaith leaders from around the world for three days of discussion and dialogue as a substantive and symbolic contribution to the G20 forum.

This gathering will showcase the academic, political and social contributions of various faith traditions and philosophies from around the world. It will highlight an important gap in the discussions of the G20 Leaders Summit. This conference will strengthen  social cohesion through the creation of opportunities for communication and relationship building between participants and raise the profile of faith and interfaith communities.

Event Objectives

  1. Explore through informed, scholarly discussion the links between economic development and religious freedom.
  2. Facilitate constructive dialogue between leaders of multiple sectors in society, including faith, government, business, media, education and other social institutions, on how faiths can help to enhance social, economic and cultural policies and programs for the well-being of all.
  3. Demystify and foster communication channels between the different faiths.
  4. Share ideas, experiences and “best practices” in building peace and harmony.
  5. Explore and affirm common values, virtues and principles among diverse faith and philosophic traditions.

The Summit is organised by the Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue (ICD) and its aim is to foster respect for one another through deepening our understanding of one another. The more we understand one another’s religious, cultural and philosophical perspectives, values and traditions, the better our ability to work together to strengthen our communities and overcome the challenges facing the world.

These challenges come in many forms: social, economic, environmental. To meet them, we need to reach across divisive differences and find ways to work together. In many parts of the world, pressing concerns are between faith or cultural communities. Yet in other areas, divisive social differences are between secular and religious institutions and perspectives.

For more information see: http://www.griffith.edu.au/conference/g20-interfaith-summit

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