Department of Interfaith Dialogue: 1999-2017

With the close of the Interfaith Department in December 2017, Scarboro’s extensive interfaith and Golden Rule web resources will be transferred to Regis College, the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto. All existing links will remain valid and will be redirected to Regis College. The Jewish-Christian web resources have been transferred to the Sisters of Sion international website:  www.notredamedesion.org

The religious face of this planet is changing. At a dramatic pace, more and more regions of the world are becoming environments of multi-culture and multi-faith. At the root of this phenomenon are international patterns of immigration. Throughout this century, the worldwide movement of peoples and cultures has provoked a meeting of religions that is new to history.

This historic encounter of religions is accompanied by another remarkable phenomenon—the interfaith dialogue movement. The great faiths of the world are now talking to one another in a fashion that is new, challenging and exciting. And Christianity has joined the conversation.

There are many ways to do interfaith dialogue. In our interfaith work, we attempted to include not just experts, academics and key spiritual leaders of various faiths—we also worked to include rank-and-file members of the many religions. So ours was very much a grassroots effort. And, in tune with the goals of Scarboro Missions, our interfaith work also included an emphasis on social justice.