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International Programs sponsors Friday dialogue between Indonesian Catholic, Muslim leaders

November 9, 2010
Deb Pierce

Deb Pierce

Two Muslim leaders and a Catholic priest from Indonesia will come to Northern Illinois University on Friday, Nov. 12, to lead an interfaith dialogue on “Religions, Tolerance and Democracy in Indonesia.”  

The event, sponsored by the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago and NIU’s Division of International Programs, will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Chicago made arrangements for the three speakers to appear at NIU as part of a joint U.S.-Indonesia initiative on interfaith dialogue.

The Rev. Ignatius Ismartono, a Jesuit priest who works for the Commission of Inter-religious Dialogue of the Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia, will discuss religious tolerance from a Catholic perspective.

Dr. Syafaatun Al-Mirzanah, director of academic affairs and associate professor of Islamic thought at State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga in Yogyakarta, will present “Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith.”

Dr. M. Syafi’i Anwar, executive director of International Center for Islam and Pluralism, will discuss “Islam and the State of Democracy in Indonesia.”

“Adopting intercultural and interfaith initiatives paves the way for bringing people of different cultures and faiths together to establish, through dialogue and action, a peaceful world based on respect, trust and mutual understanding,” said Deborah Pierce, NIU associate provost for International Programs. “To achieve this end, we invite people from all religions and traditions to attend this discussion.”

Call (815)  753-9526 for more information.