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Work Programme

Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue 2005  

At Palacio Euskalduna-Bilbao, from December 11 to December 13, 2005


Day One

11th December 2005

18:00 Opening Ceremony

19:30 Keynote speech.
"Threats and Opportunities for the Emergence of Intercultural and Inter-religious Societies"

H. E. Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja*
Archbishop of Jakarta. President of the Indonesian Catholic Bishops Conference. Member of the Pontificial Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

20:30 Welcome dinner


Day Two

12th December 2005

08:45 Morning opening speech.
"The Inner Dynamics of Traditions: Roots and Diversity"

H. G. Bishop Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus*
Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, India
Member of the Central and Executive Committees of the World Council of Churches

09:15 Round Table.
"The Different Roots of a Tradition"

Moderator

Dr Hans Ucko
Program Executive for the Office of Interreligious Relations and Dialogue of the World Council of Churches (WCC)

Panellists

Dr David Tracy*
Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religion in the Divinity School. University of Chicago
Prof Mona Abousenna*
Professor Emeritus at Ain Shams University (Cairo). Secretary General of Averroes and Enlightenment International Association
Prof Mourad Wahba*
President of the Averroes and Enlightenment International Association
Dr Anantanand Rambachan*
Professor of Religion. St Olaf College. USA

10:45 Break

11:15 Round Table:
"Factors Behind Diversity and Conflicts Within Every Tradition"

Moderator

Mr Onno Seroo
Coordinator of Programmes at the UNESCOcat, UNESCO Centre of Catalunya

Panellists

Prof Tariq Ramadan*
Senior Research Fellow at Lokahi Foundation.
Visiting Professor at Oxford St Anthony's College
Rabbi Naamah Kelman*
Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem
Ven Dhammananda Bhikkhuni *
Ordained Thai Buddhist nun. Peace Councillor

12:45 Lunch

14:30 Afternoon opening speech:
"Reaching Out for the 'Other' in the Midst of a Conflictual Situation"

Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag
Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Member of the Standing Committee, Conference of European Rabbis

15:00 Round Table:
"Conflicts Among Traditions and the Reasons Behind Them"

Moderator

Dr Maram Stern
Deputy Secretary General, World Jewish Congress

Panellists

Fr Justo Lacunza Balda, M. Afr*
Director of the Pontifical Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies
Prof Charanjit Ajitsingh*
Chair of the International Interfaith Center Oxford
Reis-Ulema Mustafa Ceric
Reis-Ulema in Bosnia

16:30 Break

17:00 Round Table:
"Positive Interaction Among Traditions to Overcome Conflicts"

Moderator

Mr Jehangir Sarosh
Moderator of the World Council of Religions and Peace – Europe

Panellists

Prof Aviezer Ravitzky*
Jewish Philosophy Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr Catherine Cornille*
Associate Professor of Comparative Theology, Boston College (USA)
Ven Dr Jinwol Young H. Lee*
Executive Council Member of the World Fellowship of Buddhists. Central Committee Member of the Buddhist Environmentalist Network

18:30-20:00 Papers


Day Three

13th December 2005

08:55 Morning opening speech:
"Threats and Opportunities of the Interaction Among Cultures and Religions in an Increasingly Interrelated World"

H. E. Dr Abdurrahman Wahid
Former President of Indonesia

09:15 Round Table:
"Different Strategies Concerning Multiculturality"

Moderator

Mr Jean Nsonjiba Lokenga
Vice-President of Pax Romana – ICMICA. Africa Region

Panellists

Ms Rosa Maria Guerreiro*
Responsible for Interreligious Dialogue Projects. UNESCO
Ms Agneta Ucko*
General Secretary. Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children
Rev Yoshitaka Tomokazu Hatakeyama*
Member of World Conference of Religions for Peace

10:45 Break

11:15 Round Table:
"Present Day Migrant Communities in Different Regions of the World as a Factor of Change"

Moderator

H. E. Ambassador Mercedes Rico
Director General of Religious Affairs. Ministry of Justice of Spain

Panellists

Mr Doudou Diene*
Special Rapporteur on contemporany forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and connected forms of intolerance for the United Nations Comission on Human Rights
Dr Shambhu Ram Simkhada*
Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva Commission on Human Rights. Graduate Institute of International Studies
Ms Mary Mwingira*
Former International President of Pax Romana ICMICA Executive Director of the Tanzania Association of NGOs

12:45 Lunch

14:30 Afternoon opening speech:
"From Multiculturality to Interculturality: The Road to the Future"

Prof Aziza Bennani*
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO

15:00 Round Table:
"Strategies for Achieving Justice: Globalization, the Challenge of World Governance, and the Role of Traditions"

Moderator

Dr Catalina Romero
Dean of the School of Social Sciences. Pontificial Catholic University. Lima (Peru)

Panellists

Dr Susana Villarán*
Former Minister for Women Affairs of Peru. Vice-President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organisation of American States, OAS). Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women.
Prof Ahmed Davutoglu*
Prof. Dr of International Relations. Ambassador and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey
Mr Sulak Sivaraksa*
Founder and Director of the Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development
Dr James Buchanan*
Director of the Edward Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

16:30 Break

17:00 Round Table:
"Strategies for Achieving Peace: How to Foster a Positive Interaction Among Cultures and Among Religions"

Moderator

Mr Félix Martí
Director of the Interreligious Center in Barcelona

Panellists

Dr Vrndaji Chaitanya*
Professor of Indian religious and philosophical traditions
Prof Alice Shalvi*
Educator and social activist
Prof Chaiwat Satha-Anand*
Professor of Political Science at Thammasat University, Bangkok and Director of the Thai Peace Information Centre
Fr Thomas Michel S. J.*
Ecumenical Secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference Interfaith Dialogue Secretary of the Society of Jesus

18:30-20:00 Papers

20:00 Closing Ceremony

21:00 Farewell dinner


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