Shinnyo-en and St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace Bring London Youth Together to Inspire Dialogue Across Different Faith Traditions

July 21, 2014
London, England

Fostering dialogue across religious and cultural traditions has been a core value of Shinnyo Buddhism since its founding. Building on its global presence of more than 100 temples and training centers around the world, Shinnyo-en has also led goodwill missions to India, Israel, the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, to foster ties of friendship and mutual understanding among groups of different faith traditions and cultures. As a result of its commitment to promoting interfaith dialogue, Shinnyo-en is widely recognized as a place where all people regardless of age, gender, nationality or religious background can learn how to use each day as an opportunity to connect with and learn from others.

In line with this tradition, Shinnyo-en UK is partnering with St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming conflict and division into new relationships and peaceful communities. Through the ‘Friends for Change' program a series of events will bring young people together to discover and explore the practices and beliefs of diverse faiths in London. Participants will get to understand how faith principles are lived by practitioners, share their own experiences, have fun, make new friends and take part in activities to benefit their communities. The group will visit each other's places of worship to discuss faith and issues that are important to them.

By building sustainable relationships across the involved faith communities new friendships can be forged and interfaith relations strengthened. On Monday, August 25, program participants will also take part in a special lantern floating ceremony at the Shinnyo-en UK Temple.

Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Shinnyo-en, has been expanding the scope of Shinnyo-en's international activities driven by a belief that people, and all forms of life, are interconnected, and that Buddhism should actively engage in serving our society. It is her belief that younger generations, with their enthusiasm for learning and commitment to their communities, are the driving force for long-term benefits of interfaith and intercultural learning.

You can find out more on the Friends for Change website. You can also follow @ShinnyoNews and @StEthelburgas on Twitter, "like" ShinnyoBuddhism and StEthelburgas on Facebook, and visit the Shinnyo-en and Shinnyo-en UK sites.