Establishing Partnerships: One of the Keys to Success

An ancient African proverb says that “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” At the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue, we believe that working together with others for the common good, peace and understanding will be more impactful. Last year, at the “Marketplace of Ideas” session during our 10th Anniversary Conference in Rome, there were almost twenty different organizations from the field of interreligious dialogue.

Throughout the past years, our alumni have partnered with some of those institutions with which they either implemented or plan to implement interreligious dialogue initiatives. Two of such important partnerships – one with the international KAICIID center and another with international youth organization Coexister of France – have led to the launch of two significant projects: the Interfaith Espresso Workshops and the Interfaith Tour.

The aim of the Interfaith Espresso Workshops is to bring representatives of the three Abrahamic Religions together to organize workshops for seminarians and future priests. The Interfaith Tour, on the other hand, aims to promote the work of individuals engaged in IRD.