The inter-religious dialogues are an important component of TandEM, they will start early next year in all partner Countries, but last December 12th a first pilot-seminar was held in Italy! Topics and organization of each dialogue will vary according to Countries, but the common purpose is to encourage students’ discussion and understanding towards inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue with the support of professors and representatives of various confessions.
COREIS (Italian Islamic Religious Community), who’s coordinating the seminars in Italy, has organized the 12/12/18 meeting at the University of Insubria in Como Lake, thanks to the participation of Prof. Alessandro Ferrari, who kindly hosted the seminar during one of his lessons. Topics debated included religious freedom, security issues and a comparison between Eastern and Western conception of family. The seminar has seen two main moments: a plenary discussion between the Islamic, Catholic and Jewish representatives, and a workshop for students and young facilitators belonging to organizations related to the three confessions. Panelists have included: Don Andrea Messaggi (Pastoral Office), Imam Hamid Abd al-Qadir Distefano (COREIS), Rav David Sciunnach (Jewish Community of Milan), Paolo Bustaffa (Tavola Interfedi), Roberto Bona (Legal Observatory for Migrants’ Rights) and Prof. José Luis Llaquet (Professor of Canon Law).