OVERCOMING PREJUDICE FOR AND THROUGH LIVING TOGETHER
In Balewiyata Theological Institute,
13th – 25th October 2008
Globalization has caused the world to become more open and interdependence between one and another. Countries become more and more borderless. Societies are more and more pluralistic in ethnic, races, traditions, cultures and religions. In religion people used to live homogeneously in the past. Now they live together heterogeneously in religions and faiths. All of these realities are experienced by both Indonesian society and German/ Dutch society. However many religious people, especially Christian and Muslim have not prepared enough theologically, politically and culturally to the new situation. There are a lot of prejudice, tension, hatred, even conflicts openly. As the result religions are presented by their adherents not as the solution of human problems in societies, but it is still the problem itself. We believe that this reality is indeed contrary to the essence and spirit of religion as the religion of peace, love and blessing for mankind and the world..
Name of the Joint Program
Starting from the back ground as such Balewiyata Theological Institute in joint program with U E M (United in
The Aim of the Program
We have a lot of dialog between Christian and Muslim or Dialog between people of different faith and religions. However, the dialog is often far too academic and no more than discourses. Apart from seminars and discourses on academic level this program is also arranged how each participant has experience to live together, namely by program “live in”. Christian participants for three days live in Muslim traditional school (pesantren) and Muslim participants live in Christian community (congregations), then they share their feeling and experiences to each other.
We would like to invite members of UEM churches in
· Making practical experiences by living together in Muslim community for Christians and in Christian community for Muslims.
· Ecognizing misunderstanding, prejudices and the need of both Christian and Muslim communities .
· Learning about and from the situation of Christians who are a minority status
· Enriching our dialog in
· Working out strategies of going forward in dialog in both contexts, the Indonesian and the European situation and condition.
· Strengthening faith and fellowship with truly believers in other parts of Gods beautiful world.
The Seminar Structure
Venue : Balewiyata Theological Institute, Jl S. Supriyadi 18,
Date : 13 th – 25 th October 2008
Participants : 32 participants :
10 : German, Netherland, and Phillipines Christian
10 : Indonesian Christian pastors/leaders
2 : Indonesian Catholic Pastors/leaders.
10 : Indonesian Muslim ulama/leaders
Methodology : Seminar, discourse, sharing, discussion, live in, devotion,
art presentation, exposure, cultural evening, live in and
Schedule : Enclosed.
Speakers : Prof. Dr. Musdah Mulia
Prof. Dr. Olaf Schuman
Rev. Dr. Bambang Ruseno Utomo
Prof. Dr. John Titaley
Rev. Dr. Yewangoe
Dr. Luthfi Assyaukanie
Prof. Masykuri Abdillah