International Interfaith Conference

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International Interfaith Conference, 2007
Jointly sponsored by the International Interfaith Centre, Oxford and Punjabi University, Patiala, India.
Dr Joy Barrow, our then Director, was much involved in a joint Interfaith Conference in co-operation with Punjabi University that took place in March this year. Below is her report of this successful event: “I was invited to give the Keynote Lecture for the conference, and requested to do so from the Sikh perspective. The title of my paper was: ‘Faith or Interfaith, are they mutually exclusive: a reflection from the Sikh perspective’. Before I gave the paper I read a letter of greeting to the Vice Chancellor and conference participants from Charanjit. There were a total of twenty-one papers presented with scholars from: USA, Canada, India, Bangladesh, Germany, Wales and England. The presenters also came from a variety of different faiths, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism and Sikhism. The papers of the conference will be published in a book, jointly edited by Prof Dharam Singh and myself, which will be published by Punjabi University. It was significant that the Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University was present for both the opening and closing sessions in their entirety, and attended the evening meal on each day of the conference, his wife accompanying him on the final evening. Such was the success of the conference that the Vice Chancellor has announced that he will give financial support to the University organising an annual interfaith conference to be held in Patiala. He invited me to be a member of a council of ‘wise men’ from different countries that he was establishing to organise subsequent conferences.”