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Meaning and purpose of interreligious conferences - book documentation "10+1" illustrates background and results of the two world assemblies in Lindau, Germany
Muslims, Buddhists and Jews hand in hand on a stage, Christians, Sikhs and Taoists praying together in front of a ring made of wood as a symbol of peace, and indigenous people, Baha’i and Hindus dining together next to a large table with food that meets all religious needs. These images went around the world in 2019: Religions meet in Lindau to talk about peace.
At the end of the conference, journalists were happy to ask the question, “And now what?”
The answer to that is complex and multifaceted. There are obvious outcomes, such as the declaration with three basic goals and nine call-to-action points agreed upon by the World Council of Religious Leaders. But there are also quite a few results that are more difficult to grasp, but which nevertheless continue to have an impact: Religious representatives now are networking more closely, sharing knowledge and experience with one another, and appearing more strongly as a cooperative force at the global level.
„Once again, I experienced how an assembly of Religions for Peace is, in fact, a summit of world religions. The event gives a spiritual pulse to the present and moral perspectives to the future. It inspires personal encounters and forges new alliances across faith and culture, gender and generation.”
Bishop Gunnar Stålset, Co-President Religions for Peace
All you need to know: "10+1"
Anyone who wants an answer to what results the conferences produce needs to understand exactly what actually happens at the conferences; to listen to what is said, how it is said, and by whom it is said; and to gain an understanding that a face-to-face exchange of ideas can have a more lasting effect than a signed treaty.
All that took place at the two conferences in 2019 and 2020 is captured in the 187 pages of the documentary volume entitled “10+1,” now published by the Lindau-based Foundation for Peace Dialogue of World Religions and Civil Society and Religions for Peace of New York.
Included are speeches by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah as well as Pope Francis‘ 2019 greeting message, video messages from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UN Secretary General Anónio Guterres and Minister of State Michelle Müntefering from 2020, and numerous essays – such as those by Religions for Peace Secretary General Azza Karam and Bishop Gunnar Stålsett.
„That women are barely visible in the representation of religions is a nuisance. The assembly in Lindau made their creativity visible. New contacts were made. I am convinced that from this, new impulses will emerge that will uncover the engagement of women in the religions and for peace.”
Margot Käßmann, Co-President Religions for Peace
“10+1” is in English, has
- ISBN 978-3-00-069523-0 and
- LCCN 2021912767.
The hardcover book is available from the Foundation for Peace Dialogue of World Religions and Civil Society for the price of 12 euros a piece plus shipping (depending on the country of delivery). You can order the book using the following order form: