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CROSS-CULTURAL RELIGIOUS LITERACY: A NEW APPROACH FOR A MULTI-FAITH COLLABORATION (WHILE STRENGTHENING YOUR OWN FAITH)
May 5 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDTFree
Finding solutions to global challenges demands different perspectives, as well as partnerships among individuals and institutions who do not necessarily share the same values. At the national level, Indonesia’s independence in 1945 was accomplished due to the competencies of the nation’s founders from different religions and beliefs to collaborate for a common goal without sacrificing their individual faiths or trying to dominate the others. Those critical competencies for peaceful co-existence and collaboration in a plural society are being eroded by the growing intolerance and extremism. It is happening not only in Indonesia, but also in other parts of the world. Therefore, as the world’s population are becoming more religiously diverse, such competencies that have often been taken for granted are becoming more important than ever for the progress of human civilizations. Cross-cultural religious literacy is a novel approach of identifying these essential competencies, so that we can develop them in ourselves to engage in a multi-faith collaboration without losing our own religious identities. We will discuss the concept and explore it from the perspectives of Islam and the experiences of the religious and inter-religious lives in Indonesia and Pakistan.