Reverend, Dr and Canon Trond Bakkevig spoke at the UNAOC forum in Vienna. Reverend Trond addressed the role of Religious leaders in making courageous peace efforts worldwide and in the region in particular. Reverend Trond stressed the important role of education in creating a more tolerant society and described the various avenues that CRIHL is active in pursuit of this goal.
The Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land met with the US Consul General, Michael Ratney. Convener to the Council, Reverend Trond Bakkevig welcomed the Consul General, presented an overview and thanked him for the US administration’s support to the Council and its religious leaders. The Consul General gave constructive advice and expressed desire for future cooperation in various venues.
Rabbi David Rosen, Council member and Interfaith advisor to the Chief Rabbinate was appointed, among respected others, as a member of the board of directors of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna (KAICIID). The Inauguration ceremony of the centre took place last week ast the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
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As religious leaders of different faiths, who share the conviction in the one Creator, Lord of the Universe; we believe that the essence of religion is to worship G-d and respect the life and dignity of all human beings, regardless of religion, nationality and gender.
We accordingly commit ourselves to use our positions and good offices, to advance these sacred values, to prevent religion from being used as a source of conflict, and to promote mutual respect, a just and comprehensive peace and reconciliation between people of all faiths in the Holy Land and worldwide.