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Pictures from World Faith Bangladesh! 2 December , 2011

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Opening discussion meeting of Interfaith Youth Net of Bangladesh:

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World Faith Announces New Chapter in Bangladesh 2 August , 2011

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World Faith is proud to announce the creation of  a brand new chapter of World Faith — World Faith Bangladesh!  On July 29, 2011 11 youth leaders came together for the first official meeting of the Interfaith Youth Chapter of Bangladesh under the leadership of Bipul Gonsalves, national director of World Faith Bangladesh.  They are very excited to be a part of World Faith and to pursue World Faith’s vision of interfaith cooperation through service.  World Faith Bangladesh will be holding their very first event on August 13th in which volunteers will share an iftar and participate in an interfaith discussion. Funds will also be collected  to help impoverished students receive an education.


Interfaith News Brief August 2011

Dhaka: International interfaith workshop in Bangladesh affirms diversity 

Twenty-four participants and six facilitators from Nine countries gathered at the YMCA Training Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from July 9 to 24, 2011, for the interfaith workshop, “Dialogue in Diversity” hosted by the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh and conducted by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF), a joint program of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) in Hong Kong and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The participants included Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians from Cambodia, India, Laos, Pakistan and Thailand as well as Bangladesh. For the first time, an ICF program also included people from outside of Asia as seven participants from the YMCA in England took part as increasingly people of different faiths are finding themselves living in the same community, such as in Bradford.

On 9 July opening programme was chaired by Mr. Babu Markus Gomes, President of the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh and Father Benjamin Costa, CSC, Principal of the Notre Dame College was present as a chef guest. Max Ediger, Bruce Van Voorhis from ICF and Jose Varghese from APAY were attended as organizers. In the concluding ceremony Kohei Yamada, General Secretary of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) attended as a Chief Guest.




Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in South and Central Asia: Meeting Report 5 July , 2011

On January 10-11, 2011, 25 leaders from religious organizations, faith-inspired development institutions, academic institutions, and international development agencies met in Dhaka, Bangladesh to discuss the current activities and potential contributions of faith-inspired organizations in addressing South and Central Asia’s development challenges. The meeting was the sixth in a series of regional explorations by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation, exploring the work, roles, and policy issues associated with faith-inspired development actors.

The two days of consultation reaffirmed the hypothesis that the intersection of faith and development is highly complex, reflecting the particularly decentralized web of actors, variety of faith traditions, and differing types of organizations. There is a significant base of scholarly knowledge, notably for South Asia, on religion and society, but policymakers and practitioners lack a comprehensive understanding of the development work that faith-linked actors undertake. Meaningful “mapping” of this work does not exist, and, more importantly, there are no commonly agreed upon definitions to help to identify or assess faith roles. Treating the South and Central Asian regions together was challenging because the two are very different, but the exercise identified significant links and common threads. The meeting highlighted an extraordinary potential for these institutions, individually and collectively, to bring about positive change. Many obstacles, sensitivities, and challenges, however, also were identified. The emerging issues highlighted by this report often echoed the key issues and agendas that the development community has identified, but the “faith lens” suggests some significant differences in approach and priorities.




Inter-Religious Talks to Solve Conflicts Stressed 5 May , 2011

Bangladesh has acquired a great patrimony in the area of inter-religious relations which can be placed at the service of the world, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue at a conference in the city yesterday.

The special envoy of the Pope Benedict XVI, who is on a five-day visit to Bangladesh also said that Bangladesh must be considered as an example of how people of different religions live, cooperate and co-exist peacefully.

“All the information I received, it appears to me that religion here is not used as an excuse for hatred, discrimination violence or conflict,” said Cardinal Tauran.