Hindus welcome Church of Sotland 's hand for interfaith dialogue
Correspondent | 27 May 2011
Zed calls the hand for interfaith dialogue 'a step in the right direction'. He stressed that all relegions should work together for a just and a peaceful world.
HINDUS HAVE welcomed Church of Scotland’s efforts to extend their friendly hand for interfaith dialogue towards various religious traditions. Rajan Zed, an esteemed Hindu statesman in Nevada (USA) today, said that “it was a step in the right direction”.
Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that all religions should work together for a just and peaceful world. Dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment, Zed added.
Recently, Church affirmed its “Inter-Faith Agenda”, when a questionnaire was sent on inter-faith issues, 85% answered that they felt inter-faith was an important area for the Church to be actively involved. The church also published a detailed write-up on its website on Visakha Puja Buddhist festival.
Church groups recently visited Mesquita Central de Lisboa mosque in Portugal and Edinburgh Jewish Synagogue and Annandale Street Mosque in Edinburgh (United Kingdom). Church website says: "The landscape of our country is no longer solely dominated with the steeples and crosses of Christians Churches, but is peppered by the arches and domes of temples, synagogues, gurudwaras and mosque. We have to adopt practical ways of encountering people from other faith backgrounds, whether neighbours, shop keepers, co-workers, relatives or friends".
Around 400 AD, St Ninian began the first large-scale Christian mission to Scotland, and now Church of Scotland, which called itself “Reformed and Presbyterian, national but free”, has over 500,000 members and around 1,200 ministers. It has its headquarters in Edinburgh, where Right Rev John Cairns Christie is its Moderator, while Rev John Chalmers is the Principal Clerk.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.