Conference of the World Council of Religious Leaders on Faith and Diplomacy: Generations in Dialogue4-7 October 2021
Exchange and cooperation between young and old generations in religious communities and international relations will be the theme of a conference to be held Oct. 4-7 in Lindau, Lake Constance: The “Conference of the World Council of Religious Leaders on Faith and Diplomacy: Generations in Dialogue.”
The gathering will be hybrid in organization: About 150 people will be present in Lindau and virtually about 700 participants are expected worldwide.
For four days, discussion panels and interactive workshops will focus on the three main themes of Peace and Security, Environment and Humanitarianism – always with a view to the extent to which young people can and must be involved as multipliers in global peace processes. In view of globally active youth movements, the questions arise: How do activists become the next leaders and where are they already today?
World Council of Religious Leaders
The conference will kick off with the formal meeting of the “World Council of Religious Leaders,” which was newly elected in 2019 during the 10th World Assembly in Lindau. The Council consists of 61 principal members and is the main decision-making body of Religions for Peace.
The associated religious leaders represent millions of believers around the world, and their voices carry influence and weight in their faith communities and beyond.
The World Council includes, for example, the two Germans Margot Käßmann and Thomas Schirrmacher (Christianity), the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi living in South Africa Ela Gandhi (Hinduism) and Vinu Aram from India (Hinduism), Kosho Niwano from Japan (Buddhism), Rabbis David Rosen from Israel (Judaism) and Joseph Potasnik from New York, Cardinal Charles Bo (Christianity) of Myanmar, and Muslims Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah of the United Arab Emirates and Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III of Nigeria – ranked by The Muslim 500 in 2020 as two of the world’s 20 most influential Muslims.
„It is about religious and secular diplomats coming together – to speak together, to serve together. To appreciate the difference multi-religious collaboration makes – this makes the conference special.”
Ring for Peace Ceremony
The organizer is – as already for the 10th World Assembly 2019 and the mainly virtually held 1st Assembly on Women, Faith & Diplomacy 2020 – the Lindau Foundation Peace Dialogue of World Religions and Civil Society (in short: Ring for Peace). The program is prepared by the NGO Religions for Peace, which is accredited to the United Nations.
The meeting is financed by the Religion and Foreign Policy Department of the German Foreign Office. Much of the event will be broadcast live for those interested from around the world. Registered participants can also take part in selected workshops virtually.
This year there will again be a spiritual ceremony at the sacred symbol of Ring for Peace: the wooden Möbius Ring in Lindau’s Luitpold Park. This Ring for Peace is the trademark of the foundation and can be found in the logo. In addition to the participants, citizens of Lindau will also be invited to this “Ring for Peace Ceremony”, which is planned for the evening of October 5.
The full program and participating individuals will be presented at an international press conference on September 15, 2021. A monthly newsletter will also be published from July 1, providing advance information on the thematic focus of the conference.
Journalists wishing to attend the press conference and meeting are invited to apply for accreditation in advance at: