Turks in US Ditto: Dialogue

Ali Halit Aslan
Ali Halit Aslan

Date posted: November 12, 2005

Ali H. Aslan

The interfaith dialogue symposium organized by the Niagara Foundation, a Turkish community foundation in the United States, began on Thursday.

The Chicago Interfaith Gathering sponsored by several American academic institutions and non-governmental organizations met at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue. The eminent Islamic scholar, Professor John Esposito, said the 9/11 caused the relationships between the Muslim world and the West to go back 20 years and to mend the relations will “take a generation” and it will be difficult. Islamophobia or Muslim enmity has become a threat as big as anti-Semitism in the world, he determined.

Ellen Bernstein from Hebrew College, William Johnson Everett from Newton Theological Seminary’, David Wellman from DePaul University and Safei-Eldin Hamed from Texas Tech University spoke at the panel titled ” Religion, Ecology, and the Quest for a Just Peace” held at DePaul University.

Scott Paeth chaired the session. As a part of the same activity, another session titled “Religious and Cultural Pluralism” was chaired by Jon Nilson at Chicago Loyola University. Richard Bulliet from Columbia University , Paul Knitter from Xavier University, Eileen Barker from London School of Economics, John McCarthy from Loyola University and Ted Peters from Pacific Luther Theological Seminary gave presentations there.

At a dinner organized for the participants at Hilton Palmer House Hotel, Professor Mehmet Saglam was invited to express his thoughts about the symposium. He pointed out the Gulen movement’s pioneering role in inter-religious dialogue and tolerance in Turkey. Professor Saglam told the movement presented dialogue awards in Turkey for the first time and started the tradition of gathering adherents of different religions at iftar dinners during Ramadan. “More than 200 schools and seven universities,” he said, “all over the world are all working with the philosophy of dialogue.”

Esposito, in his speech, pointed out the importance of education at home, school and society, the importance of trying to understand each other, and having empathy while having a dialogue in order to develop a true pluralism in the world. The world-wide known Professor hailed the Gulen movement’s activities in this frame.

Source: Today's Zaman , November 12, 2005

Related News

Coup plotter or moderate religious leader? Finnish State TV Yle meets Turkey’s most wanted man

“The future is in God’s hands. People who believe in our cause will continue our work. The world feels sympathy for our movement,” says Gulen.

Thunder’s Enes Kanter says his father has been arrested and faces torture in Turkey

“My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party. He may get tortured for simply being my family member,” Kanter said in his statement Friday.

Dialogue Eurasia: Humanitarian Davos

Hüseyin Gülerce There has never been a formal atmosphere in DAP. It is not without reason that DAP is frequently referred to as the humanitarian version of the Davos meetings. DAP entertains humanitarian values and imparts loyalty and acknowledges that the meeting was inspired by the ideas of Fethullah Gülen. The recently published WikiLeaks documents made a mess […]

Turkic Cultural Exchange and Community Dialogue

Nearly seventy-five legislators and staff attended the annual Turkic cultural reception at the State Capitol, hosted by Niagara Foundation. The event awarded attendees and guests with the chance to dialogue with lawmakers over a buffet of Turkish food and coffee on topics of interfaith, multiculturalism and global acceptance.

Anatolia in Los Angeles

We can build better tomorrows by not discounting historical truths, and instead face these truths and reconcile with them when necessary. While doing so, we can of course pay the tribute necessary to the cultures and the peoples that have helped us arrive at this point.

Unmasking Turkey’s most wanted man

Gülen had been charged after the military coups in 1971 and 1980, and again in the late 1990s. Gülen was acquitted of the charges three times.

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

‘Humiliating people not allowed in Islam’

Hizmet school ready to pioneer education in Kurdish

Should We Send A Man We Know Is Innocent To His Death Abroad?

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condemnation and Condolences for Sri Lanka Explosions

Once shut down by Taliban, now Afghan gov’t plans to hand over successful Turkish Schools to Turkish Gov’t

Leaked document sheds light on Turkey’s controlled ‘coup’

The Pigeon, The Finger, and Hizmet’s ‘Inevitable Ambiguity’

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News