This past Monday, August 30th,the themed forum was held: broadcasting the intereligious dialogue to the people of God as a whole “Towards the Building of a New Humanity” whithin the framework of the Latin America and the Caribbean Assembly synodal process in charge of which is the Latin American Bishop’s Councel –CELAM.-The forum was conducted by Carlos Rauda, spokesman of ACT ALLIANCE in Latin America and the Caribbean, and included the prresentations of cardinal mr. Raymundo Damasceno Assis from Religions for Peace (Brazil), reverend Harold Segura from World Vision (Costa Rica), Claudio Epelman from the Latin America Jew Congress (Argentina) and Patricia Gualinga from the Kichwa of Sarayaku people (Ecuador).
“From CREAS we have taken part into and made invitations to the leadership of the different religions and expressions of spirituality to participate in this synodal hearing process of the Catholic Church as a true fraternal and intercultural gathering that strengthens the ties of ecumenic and intereligious cooperation for the common welfare and the carings concerning the common home” as said by Humberto Shikiya, deputy president of CREAS, regarding this process.
“How to bring the dialogue back to its bases?” was the central question developed by Harold Segura in his intervention, and emphasised that “intereligious dialogue will not be possible if the bases are not covered and this won’t happen if solidary and fraternal basis are not biult. This needs to be done with teologic dialogue and building it with tools of people education; it’s not just the dialogue but also the cooperation.”
Meanwhile, Carlos Epelman spoke about how revolutionary the intereligious dialogue is in our days. “It is important to talk about the subjects that do not necessarily have to do with religion. Today, we have concerns that are common grounds for us and about which our religions have a position. The intereligious dialogue does not just lead us to compare with each other but to listen mutually about the concerns involved in each time and place of the world” were his words.
Patricia Gualinga, an indigenous person and a catholic, spoke about the carings of the Common Home and expressed: “I’m so glad to see that my siblings in God are able to see indigenous people as the part of our Creator’s presence, particularly in a context of global crisis affecting nature.”
To conclude the gathering, the attendees split into debate groups under two leading questions: “how to promote the intereligious dialogue whitin my ecclesiastic environment?” and “how to walk together with believers from other religions in the creation of a new community?”
Themed forums are a method of participation to share experiences and thoughts heading to the Ecclesiastic Assembly that will take place from November 21st to 28th of this year in Mexico.