Now, more than ever, there is a need for greater tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of other religions. In recognition of this need, Christine Lim and Gabrielle Yang produced the video “Our Elder Brothers.” The video, as well as research on the relationship and commonalities among the Abrahamic religions from the perspective of peace and humanity, was shared to a varied audience interested in interfaith dialogue. The audience was participating in an interfaith pilgrimage organized in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Damietta meeting between Saint Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt Al-Malik Al-Kamil, the nephew of Saladin the Great. The historic meeting is hailed as the beginning of interreligious dialogue at the top levels of societies. Organized by the Custody of the Franciscan Friars, the pilgrimage brought together young people from different faiths to the cities of Istanbul, Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, Sinai, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Acre.
The production of the “Our Elder Brothers” video promoted interfaith dialogue and publicized the Russell Berrie Fellowship program and the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue.
- 30 young adult participants of various religious backgrounds
- 17-minute video produced
- 10 locations around the world: distribution of publication and video