Live: Religionsgemeinschaften aus aller Welt bekräftigen Unterstützung für KAICIID

05 Jul 2019
KAICIID High-Level Religious Meeting

Nach einem parlamentarischen Entschließungsantrag am 12 . Juni in Österreich, der darauf abzielte, das Amtssitzabkommen mit KAICIID aufzukündigen und als Mitgliedsstaat aus dem Rat der Vertragsparteien auszutreten, treffen zahlreiche Unterstützung- und Solidaritätsbekundungen von KAICIID's Partnern, Freunden und Begünstigten aus aller Welt ein. Allesamt bekräftigen Sie ihre Unterstützung und Anerkennung für die Arbeit und Mission von KAICIID.

Führende Persönlichkeiten und Mitglieder aus den diversen Religionsgemeinschaften rufen dazu auf, die Arbeit des Zentrums und ihren Einfluss fair und gründlich zu analysieren. KAICIID wurde 2012 von der Republik Österreich, dem Köngreich Saudi Arabia und dem Königreich Spanien sowie dem Vatikan als beobachtendem Mitglied in Wien gegründet. 

 

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The Centre’s record speaks for itself - thousands of people trained globally in interreligious and intercultural dialogue; thousands of hours of work towards reconciliation and understanding in regions torn asunder by instability; a long track record in using its unaffiliated convening and mediatory status to help governments, intergovernmental agencies, civil society groups and NGOs to consider interreligious dialogue as a means to achieving social stability and prosperity.

This is what is jeopardised by this move towards de-recognition of the Centre. 

- The KAICIID Board of Directors

 


We are of course very concerned at this development, which has arisen in part because of the increasingly heated nature of Austrian pre-election politics. We are assessing the legal and practical implications and we will update as and when the picture becomes clearer. Whatever the case, any process arising from this move will take a long time to play out.

In the meantime we are committed to our mission and things will proceed as normal. KAICIID welcomes this opportunity to thank all of you, from Vienna-based staff to staff in the field, to the Board and Advisory Forum members, to all those involved globally in our programmes and finally to all organisations and individuals with whom we have worked, for your tireless commitment to partnership in interreligious dialogue.

- His Excellency Faisal bin Muaammar, Secretary General of KAICIID

 


The Board of Directors of the MJLC has worked with KAICIID closely over the last three years to launch the first European network for interreligious dialogue between Muslim and Jewish religious leaders. Under the MJLC, the two groups meet, build trust, and coordinate common actions to promote a culture of respect and to protect European minority rights.

It is clear that Muslim and Jewish communities need every opportunity to stand in solidarity and to work with European national and international organizations to ensure our perspectives are taken into account. The potential of networks like the MJLC is vast, but MJLC entirely relies on the support and coordination of reliable, neutral and generous organizations like KAICIID which act far beyond the normal realm of their individual member states. The loss of the Centre would leave a gaping hole in Austrian interfaith work which other organizations would be hard-pressed to fill, and would damage the trust between the state and those faith communities which have been helped by KAICIID’s work.

- Muslim-Jewish Leadership Council, a KAICIID-supported European platform (Full statement here)


We are convinced that our partnership with KAICIID has added value to our work in promoting dialogue and building better understanding among young people. We have worked alongside KAICIID in providing educational experience for young people in major scouting events around the world and we are grateful for their contributions in advancing the values of dialogue and understanding.

- Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General, World Organization of the Scout Movement

 


The Institute of Sciences of Religions of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) regrets the unfair and worrying situation that the International Dialogue Center (KAICIID) is going through.

We see KAICIID as an international leader in some of the issues we address at the institute. Over the last four years we have developed a relationship of friendship and cooperation with the Centre. From the UCM, for example, we have contributed to KAICIID’s online course on interreligious dialogue, which is reaching thousands of people around the world. And here in Spain, KAICIID experts have shared their knowledge with our students.

From Europe to the Middle East and from America to Asia, the rights of religious minorities are being violated. We are witnessing how innocent lives are being cut short by hatred and violence. In this global context, education and research are more necessary than ever. KAICIID has taken a necessary leadership in this area and its closure would be a great loss for humanity.

 

Fernando Amerigo, Director, Institute of Sciences of Religions, Complutense University of Madrid


Since its establishment, the KAICIID Dialogue Centre has contributed significantly to bridging the barriers that divide us – and more importantly – to a peaceful future where people respect each other and cooperate regardless of their ethnic background, religion or culture.

From its beginning, I took part in all the major initiatives of KAICIID and will remain committed to its objectives and endeavours. I strongly hope and pray it will continue its blessed work to promote God’s will of love, respect and cooperation among all of us.

- His Eminence Shawki Allam, Grand Mufti of Egypt

 


We were surprised with the decision from the Austrian parliament to withdraw from KAICIID and close it, especially because Austria is the first European country that recognized Islam as a religion, and also because it is one of the founding member states of KAICIID. KAICIID has successfully built bridges between followers of different religions and cultures in the Middle East, in Asia, and in Africa.

I hope that the Austrian government will reconsider this decision out of respect for human values that Austria preaches, and out of respect for the good work that the Centre is doing in this context.

- His Eminence Abdullatif Derian, Grand Mufti of Lebanon

 


The King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna has a crucial role to play particularly nowadays where religion has started to emphasize its role in the lives of societies, sometimes with positive and sometimes with negative consequences and implications. World religions are based on peace, love, justice, truth and common values. It is very important to enhance these values in the lives of followers of different religions.  

Christian and Muslim leaders, through education, should keep their followers away from such violence and misuse of religion. In this context, KAICIID’s mission, that I am well aware of, is of utmost importance and I highly appreciate and thank the Centre. The Armenian Orthodox Church will continue its collaboration and active participation to all KAICIID’s programmes and projects.

- Aram I Keshishian, head of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church 

 


We the leaders of the Platform of religious leaders of the Central African Republic (PCRC), appreciate the collaboration with KAICIID, which has helped to support our dialogue and advocacy actions on the ground, to structure the secretariat of the Platform and to strengthen the capacity on interreligious dialogue of the prefectural dialogue mechanisms based in the field.

These efforts had a major impact in supporting a resolution of the Central African crisis and facilitated tolerance, the process of the return of the displaced persons, for peace, and the principle of living together in CAR.

But the challenges remain immense and we look forward to the continued support of KAICIID to sustain the dialogue between Christians and Muslims, as well as the government, in order to promote peace and social cohesion and to consolidate our achievements in interreligious and inter-communnal dialogue.

- Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga and his Eminence Oumar Kobine Layama of the Central African Republic

 


Since its founding in 2011, KAICIID has set new standards in interreligious dialogue and the institutionalisation of peacebuilding. KAICIID's initiatives and projects, from Africa to Southeast Asia, cannot be matched by the United Nations and other programs. In their Local Outreach programme, KAICIID has recognized the signs of the times, for example by bringing together a group of European rabbis and imams in the early establishment of the very active and successful Muslim Jewish Leadership Council (MJLC). With all the wonderful work that KAICIID has been doing, and which I have been able to witness since the Centre was established, I believe that KAICIID does not deserve to be prejudged just because of its name. Since the very beginning, tabloid media have been misinterpreting the organization’s purpose and its mission. KAICIID has the right to be measured alone by what it truly does in the framework of its mission statement, which was signed by all founding states. For this work, KAICIID actually deserves recognition.

- Rabbi Scholmo Hofmeister, Vienna, Austria

 


We commend KAICIID for their unrelenting commitment to peacebuilding all over the world. The relevance of KAICIID has become more and more visible.

- His Eminence Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, President Christian Association of Nigeria

 


I would like to express my gratefulness for the work KAICIID has been doing through our long history of partnership. We consider KAICIID one of the most important organizations in the world, one of the few that were able to gather various religious leaders, various religions and beliefs in programs and fruitful discussions. The role that KAICIID is playing is important and needed, and we wish them to flourish and to be able to serve all the communities that are in need.

- Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki, President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt

 


We, the members of the Peaceful Myanmar Initiative, express our sincere appreciation for the International Dialogue Centre’s (KAICIID) work in supporting and promoting dialogue between the religious communities in Myanmar. As a result of our close collaboration over the past 3 years, we have built an extensive network of interfaith dialogue champions, launched an IRD Training Centre, conducted over 30 dialogue and peace trainings reaching out to over 3000 individuals, facilitated two public International Peace Day events, successfully convened one National Interfaith Dialogue forum and two regional forums to form networks to prevent violence and promoted social cohesion initiatives across the country. In a time when our country is facing internal challenges, more emphasis is needed to revive the spirit of tolerance, to build bridges between our communities, to revoke hate speech which is flourishing on social media and to dialogue on issues that unite us, rather than what divides us. Our collaboration with the International Dialogue Centre has enabled us to take a step closer in that direction.

- The Peaceful Myanmar Initiative, a KAICIID-supported platform of Buddhist and Muslim religious leaders that promotes peace and dialogue between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar

 


KAICIID does a good job and has developed positively from an organizer of large conferences to practical and sustainable projects. KAICIID supports, for example, the Muslim-Jewish Leadership Council (MJLC). It has also initiated refugee integration programmes (such as the Toolkit), and has sponsored and supported a number of peace initiatives in trouble spots around the world. Who will take over this job?

- Tarafa Baghajati, Chairman, Initiative of Austrian Muslims

 


Through our knowledge partnership we have come to understand and respect the fine work for peace and reconciliation of KAICIID in Vienna. KAICIID has been a welcome force for mutual understanding and conflict mitigation in complex situations in Nigeria, Myanmar, Central African Republic and the Middle East. We have collaborated closely with both leadership and staff of KAICIID and know them to be individuals of the highest professional integrity committed to universal human rights, to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to a peaceful world where no one is left behind.

- Jean Duff, President, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

 


Having been with the International Committee of the Red Cross – from field delegate to Director General to Member of the Committee – for 44 years I know what it means to be non-political, neutral and impartial and I can vouch for this: H.E Faisal and his team are totally non-political,neutral and impartial in all their activities.

Having been Secretary General of World Scouting I know what it means to work in a truly multi-confessional, multi-cultural fashion, especially for youth, and I can vouch for that also: H.E Faisal and the whole KAICIID team are great professionals in the realm of multicultural, multi-confessional education for dialogue and mediation, without a trace of discrimination and a strong, genuine desire to make our world one of greater convivence.

- Jacques Moreillon, Former Director General and Member of the ICRC, Former Secretary General of WOSM

 


The Permanent Secretariat of the Platform of religious leaders of the Central African Republic (PCRC) and the prefectural antennas want to express their gratitude to KAICIID for the support it has provided in the implementation of the activities included in the programs of its strategic action plan. KAICIID's support has enabled the Platform to progress on the path of interreligious and inter-communal dialogue in search of a lasting peace. We hope our partnership can continue in order to allow us to consolidate our achievements and to continue to walk on trails not yet blazed.

- Isaac Service, Permanent Secretary of the Platform of Religious Leaders in the Central African Republic

 


KAICIID  has been doing tremendously well in terms of peace promotion and interreligious harmony across the globe.

- Muhammad Jameel Muhammad, Co-Chairman, Central Coordination Council, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), a KAICIID-supported platform in Nigeria) and Director

 


KAICIID’s contribution to European society is greatly appreciated in general, but particularly its bringing Muslim scholars from across Europe together in helping set up EuLeMa and bringing Muslim and Jewish Leaders together through the Muslim Jewish Leadership Council to establish good relationships and help them work with each other and support each other.

We as faith leaders stand with KAICIID and value it is great humanitarian work. We oppose and condemn any such action which might have an effect on its good work from Vienna.   

- Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail DL, Muslim Chaplain, the University of Sheffield, The Octagon Centre

 


This move is anathema to the recent strides of the Muslim and Christian faithful to reach a common understanding. In February of this year, a document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together was signed by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. This document behooves us to recognize the dignity and diversity of all religions and faiths.

Actions like this are impossible without the efforts of people, in their own communities, to pursue interreligious dialogue. Any move to impede these conversations endangers the lives of people who live in areas where religious freedom is denied them.

We pray for understanding and peace between these areas, and to ensure that KAICIID is allowed to continue its objectives towards brotherhood

- Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia and Salaam Movement, Ateneo de Davao University

 


Having worked with KAICIID in the field of migration and refugee aid for a humanitarian organization in Vienna, I strongly believe that interreligious and intercultural dialogue is the core of long-term integration and social cohesion in our local community. KAICIID’s programme for the Social Inclusion of People Seeking Refuge has contributed to a better cultural understanding on all sides and has encouraged trust and mutual exchange.

By bringing together different actors from European countries, all working at the grassroots in the field of migration and refugee aid, KAICIID provides an unique chance to merge the expertise in humanitarian work with the expertise in interreligious dialogue. By doing so, the impact of integration work can be broadened throughout all other local communities

- Elisabeth Palugyay, KAICIID Fellow and Section head, migration and refugee aid, Austrian Red Cross Vienna

 


Two members of our congregation are employed by KAICIID. Both are people of integrity. I am well acquainted with the work of one of them, who is an instructor on the Fellows programme - a programme that I have the highest respect for as it works closely with religious leaders of different faiths from across the globe (Nigeria, Malaysia, Singapore…). The programme enables the carefully selected participants to meet, engage and learn from one another in a safe space and write and conduct their own projects in the field.  In times of crisis, these religious leaders contribute to   peace through relationships that have already been forged during the programme. In times of stability, they contribute to a better understanding of difference, allowing faith communities to live well side by side with one another.

- Rev. Canon Patrick Curran, Chaplain of Christ Church, Vienna

 


I think KAICIID is a place to engage on human rights, gender equality, rule of law and religious freedom. It is essential in the dialogue between the Western and Arab world, working towards encounters between people of faith. In my case, as a Rabbi, it has led to a greater encounter with the Arab world, the Sunnis and Shia worlds and people of faith throughout the world.

It enables an atmosphere for discussion and dialogue by champions of human rights and equality. For sure, scrutiny of human rights records goes on in this atmosphere. Closing down that discussion is counter-intuitive and counterproductive. In all the human rights interventions that I have successfully made, campaigns that have included diplomacy and dialogue can make real change...

What’s more useful?

- Rabbi Alexander Goldberg, KAICIID Fellow 2015; Chair, Coordinating Council of Jewish Organisations at the United Nations; Lead Chaplain, University of Surrey

 


KAICIID serves as an effective catalyst in diffusing extremism of all religions around the world. Through its Fellows Programme it has created an army of peace and dialogue ambassadors who have transformed their communities and benefited thousands in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. KAICIID has been instrumental in creating a movement of effective change makers and social influencers where otherwise it was not possible.

- Sri Swami Svatmananda, KAICIID Fellow, India


Through my participation in the Arab Fellows Programme I acquired knowledge and skills that helped me understand and respect the Other. I also had the opportunity to meet representatives of religious institutions and colleagues from different Arab countries who have shared experiences and educational resources that contribute to my work.  I have shared these experiences in my country with colleagues who did not have the chance to participate in this wonderful programme, particularly among young people, who are more susceptible to intolerance and to be attracted to circles of violence.

KAICIID is a reflection of the human values ​​that I have observed through communication with its employees, programme managers and trainers. More efforts are required by KAICIID to promote the values ​​of citizenship and acceptance of the others. KAICIID is a distinguished institution with a strong message and vision.

- Awatef Anwar Boshra, Acting Monitoring & Evaluation Manager for Forum for Intercultural Dialogue (FID), Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) Egypt

 


Over the years, KAICIID has formed a global network of religiously motivated leaders who work tirelessly to make this world a better place. To close the Centre would mean to deprive positive influencers and change makers of power, resources and inspiration.

Having obtained the Fellowship in 2017, I was among many other people from all over the world who benefitted from the Centre’s rich and meaningful activities. All of the Fellows have implemented interreligious initiatives that impacted hundreds, even thousands of people all over the world. 

- Dr. Taras Dzyubanskyy, KAICIID Fellow 2017; Libertas Center for Interreligious Dialogue (Ukraine), Lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine), Recipient of BMEIA intercultural achievement Award 2018

 


As a teacher of religion, I find KAICIID models on interreligious and intercultural dialogue useful in my religiously and culturally diverse classroom. Indeed, KAICIID does a tremendous job of training religious and political leaders, community activists and teachers to be ambassadors of peace and social cohesion in our world of religious and cultural diversity.

In Africa, KAICIID has helped a lot in collaboration with local partners in creating a platform for interreligious dialogue – especially in war-torn areas like the Central Africa Republic, Chad and Nigeria.

Long live KAICIID. We aspire to live in the global world which cherishes diversities through dialogue.

- Shijja Kevin Kuhumba, KAICIID Fellow; Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 


The resources that this Center has provided so far have had an incalculable value, and from it, I draw new life for the initiatives, projects and ideas that today are so essential. I feel valued by KAICIID as a woman who is an intercultural and interreligious mediator. Without the Center, I would lose an important part of my development that I hope many others will have the opportunity to experience.

- Claudia Giampietro, KAICIID Fellow, UISG International Union of Superiors General, Rome, Italy

 


As a 2016 International Fellow, I can't begin to express how enormously helpful the KAICIID fellows training in interreligious and inter-cultural dialogue, and the last 3 year's follow-up experiences, have been in my life and in the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people whom I've been in contact with since graduation.

KAICIID was the first organization I've worked with that embraces people of all religious backgrounds and works tirelessly and effectively in religious as well as sectarian conflict areas around the globe to promote peace building through dialogue.

Since 2012, KAICIID has provided 7 years of brilliant programming from leading educators. Its alumni are in more than 40 countries. The phenomenal online presence, high-level platforms connecting leaders across continents, and its hands-on experience have created so much goodness and optimism during a time when we have seen some of the most horrific acts of civil war and heartless terror. Its high profile Board of Directors representing major religions and academic institutions from around the globe are without reproach.

- Rabbi Jeff Burger, KAICIID Fellow

 


KAICIID is a unique institution that through its remarkable programmes gathers many religious leaders, academics and dialogue practitioners from all over the world. For me and for fellow academics, KAICIID is a place where we constantly expand our horizons, where we can learn about the importance of global dialogue and about how to raise the impact of our work in today’s world. KAICIID showed us what we have in common and how to overcome our differences through sincere and meaningful dialogue. After all, the differences shouldn't be greater than what binds us together.

- Dr. Aleksandra Djuric Milovanovic, KAICIID Fellow, Institute for Balkan Studies - Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

 


I think KAICIID is the only interreligious organization that wants to accommodate all the belief systems that exist in this world.  As a Confucian, I was openly invited to become a Fellow from KAICIID. There are almost no interfaith organizations in the world who want to recognize Confucianism as a religion. The governments of Austria, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the Vatican should be proud of KAICIID's presence and we hope that more countries will join KAICIID to create a better world.

- Kris Tan, KAICIID Fellow, Chairman of Young Indonesian Generation (GEMAKU)

 


Thanks to KAICIID I know how to separate the fault from the offender – what an approach for a good peaceful solution. The Fellows training received in Abuja in April 2018 allowed me to reconcile the two Muslim and Christian communities in my community who now live in perfect cohesion. I am willing to testify around the world about the change in my community to raise awareness. Thank you all.

- Ougba Ben Nafi Ahmadou, KAICIID Fellow and Muslim youth Representative,  6th district of Bangui, Central African Republic

 


I find the training and network that KAICIID offers is excellent, and is very much useful in my ministries. The professors, trainers, staff and especially the Fellows from different nationalities I met during the training were amazing, and I was inspired by the initiatives of the Fellows. Together we can do so much more.

We are going through a period of time where human beings hate and kill each other, and make life miserable for millions. Organizations like KAICIID are necessary to promote the noble goal of living together in harmony.

- Fr. Jose Nandhikkara CMI, KAICIID Fellow, Catholic priest, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for the Study of World Religion, Dharmaram College, Bangalore, India

 


KAIICID changed my worldview completely on issues such as perception, dialogue, and living with difference. Through trainings on dialogue, resource mobilization, capacity building, and identity I learnt much about conflict resolution, dialogue facilitation and respect for humanity. KAIICID is an organization that is helping achieve sustainable development around the world through sustainable peace and coexistence. It is an organization that is helping to eliminate religious fundamentalism and radicalism, hence a practical organization in my life. My life has changed to a greater extend through KAIICID initiatives and today I am positively impacting my community in Zimbabwe.

- The Rev. Dr. Ishanesu Sextus Gusha, Deanery of St Mary and All Saints Cathedral Harare and Senior Lecturer of New Testament Studies at University of Zimbabwe

 


The inter-religious perspective offered by KAICIID through its programmes amplifies the voices of religious minority groups in the world. In Indonesia, a Muslim predominant country, KAICIID trained many, but not only, young Muslim activists and scholars. They are becoming the key figures in promoting freedom of religions or beliefs, including for minority groups such as Christians, Buddhists, Confucians, Hindus, local religions, and other faiths. KAICIID and its visions deserves to be stronger in the future.

- Dr. Suhadi Cholil, KAICIID Fellow, lecturer at the Graduate School of State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and inter-religious dialogue activist

 


KAICIID has equipped me with knowledge and skills on interreligious and intercultural dialogue through the training given to me in 2018. Indeed this knowledge has improved my relationship with people of other religious and cultural backgrounds, I can freely mix up with them without any segregation. I'm more tolerant towards people of other faiths and cultural backgrounds than before.

May God continue to use KAICIID in a mighty way and help people to coexist peacefully by appreciating their religious and cultural differences. God bless KAICIID.

- Sister Kyaligonza Rose, KAICIID Fellow, St. Augustine University of Tanzania

 


I believe KAICIID is a unique centre where people of all faiths come together, trust each other and be friends for life. At KAICIID you can be a Lutheran pastor sitting next to a Muslim Imam on your right and a Catholic priest on your left where you have a Buddhist monk talking to you from the front and a Hindu joining the team. The amazing part is that all of them are your friends and have one common passion of respect to humanity.

- Rev. Dr. Geleta Simesso, KAICIID Fellow, Faith and Development Manager for World Vision Ethiopia

 


Before, for me, to say salaam to a Christian was not possible. I asked myself, 'Why would I say that to a Christian?' But salaam means peace, and now I say that to all of my Christian friends. We became so close that we understand that we’re from the same family. When they came to me to participate in this project, I was saying, 'Why is he doing this? Why bring the Muslims and Christinas together?' because of the previous knowledge that I had. When we came together when we started the program, that was was when I realised, wow, the Christian is not my enemy" 

- Ghaddafi Yusuf Baba, Dialogue Project Benificiary, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Nigeria 

 

 


Thank you very much for all the efforts that you have done for us. 

It was a very valuable experience and I learned a lot. I intend to share my knowledge with others and certainly introduce your great online course.

- Parvin Daeipour, Iran, Teheran Dialogue Center, Dialogue Facilitator, KAICIID Online Course Participant

 


The KAICIID Online Course is one of the best courses I've done so far! The things I learnt in the course will last my entire lifetime and it has also opened up enormous possibilities for further working and collaborating with friends all around the globe on dialogue.

- Arindam Sengupta, India, Hare School, KAICIID Online Course Participant

 


The course has immensely enriched my scope of knowledge in the subject. My satisfaction increases my appetite to work with KAICIID. Thank you for such an amazing guide throughout the course period.

- Salika Dasa, Nigeria, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Temple President

 


Thanks a lot to all the team of the KAICIID Center for your efforts to make the world more peaceful and tolerant to live in and for your creative methods in teaching and effective ways in delivering the message of peace among different kinds of religions.

- Ilyas Dekkar, Algeria, Emir Abd El Kader University of Islamic Sciences, Researcher

 


This is nothing short of a shock. I have been associated with KAICIID from 2015 and this association has enriched my understanding of dialogue in numerous ways while at the same time providing me with an exposure to like-minded people from other faiths whose endeavours for the realization of peace and harmony through sustained interaction and empathy for the other has taught me much about the dynamics of human relations. In my humble view, the social and academic impact of KAICIID's endeavours ought not to be measured in the light of mere political decisions.

When I talk about Pakistan & other similar countries, KAICIID made many many positive effects in our societies towards peace and stability among religions and sects. In short if I say, they have provided great services & opportunities to Humanity without any distinction of color, sex, religion & affiliation.

- Dr. Muhammad Ilyas, KAICIID Fellow, President, International Dialogue Research & Awareness Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan

 


Most probably like everyone, when I was a child, seeing a rainbow would make me happy. In the last week of May 2016, I was unprecedentedly elated to see a different rainbow – a rainbow of diverse religions, cultures, and countries. Amidst the chilling winter of Vienna in December of the same year, I was able to see a potential super rainbow in the world – an unparalleled gathering of almost 70 Fellows at KAICIID Dialogue Centre. These dialogue ambassadors who come from almost 30 countries the world over believe that amidst the current deluge of internecine wars, religious bigotry, and violent extremism, there is hope.

- Prof. Dr. Mansoor L. Limba, KAICIID Fellow, Associate Professor III, Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines

 


I believe it would be a mistake and a grave loss to restrict or threaten the contribution that KAICIID makes to a larger vision of a harmonious diverse world. In the years since completing my fellowship I have continued to dialogue with KAICIID affiliates, all of whom have impressed me as serious, committed, ethical people representing a wide range of religious affiliations. Fruitful exchanges across social divides is a crucial endeavor in this age and it is KAICIID's primary mission.

- Dr. Jenn Lindsay, KAICIID Fellow, Professor of Sociology and Communications, John Cabot University

 


While I have long been active in interreligious and multifaith efforts in North America, I never felt connected to the global community. And for that, I always felt like our efforts were limited in scope and impact. KAICIID gave me the initial entry point of connection with similarly oriented interfaith activists from around the world. The fellowship programme helped me plug in with folks in a more global way, and the relationships and networks I have gained through KAICIID has proven incredibly fruitful for me, both personally and professionally. I am deeply appreciative of the peace-building work KAICIID has done and continues to do, and I am hopeful to stay connected with them in the years and decades going forward.

- Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, KAICIID Fellow, Scholar, Activist, and Writer

 


The KAICIID International Dialogue Center is needed now more than ever: In a world filled with challenges of religious extremism, violent conflicts, hate, lack of tolerance and acceptance of one another, I see KAICIID since its inception as a bridge builder to these emerging global challenges.

KAICIID in the short period of its existence has brought the entire globe together to the dialogue table, fostering relationships, and building trust and acceptance through deeper understanding through dialogue.

Our various communities have also adopted the same through the various trainings we rendered through the support of KAICIID.

We now have a common slogan in our communities: when they have problems they say “Asa santa” or "Please use dialogue" in Hausa. This is KAICIID.

- Elder Justina Mike Ngwobia, KAICIID Fellow,  Executive Director, Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Movement (JPRM), Nigeria, Founder of Women peace builders Network in Nigeria (WOPEN), Co-chair, Women Peace mentors and mediators Forum, Nigeria

 


After completing the [Fellows] programme, I realised how important this training was for me not only as an individual, but also as an Integration Ambassador in Austria. We received Professional training (both theories and practice) about interreligious and intercultural Dialogue. We had enough free space to be critical and to express our opinions. During the training, I had the feeling as if I were in a global village with its different manifestations (regional, religious, interreligious und intrareligious, ethnical, cultural…). In this global village we learned to appreciate diversity and we addressed the challenges and risks. It was amazing! I am deeply grateful that I received this training.

- Mag. Mabrouka Rayachi, KAICIID Fellow, Supervisor for Islamic Education in Lower Austria

 


Ideologically people are so distant and fragmented. We need a room where dialogue without any barriers and burden can be performed. The more dialogue we have, the wider space that we will have for putting similarities among human races. KAICIID is one of the best international institutions that play this role.

As an International Fellow at the Center in 2017, I have gained many benefits from KAICIID. By participating in the Fellows Programme, I have enriched not only my cognitive knowledge on dialogue and peace, but more broadly, I have been able to engage in practical experience in dealing with diversity in real life. KAICIID is an excellent exemplary model. We need more centers in the world that work on the concerns that KAICIID has pioneered.

- Dr. Pradana Boy Zulian, KAICIID Fellow, Lecturer, University of Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia. Assistant to Special Staff of the President of Republic of Indonesia for International Religious Affairs

 


In September 2015, I participated in KAICIID’s conference in Jordan for the first time entitled "United Against Violence Through Social Media”. This conference helped me to change my views about the other, by opening my mind and social connections I became a personal and community figure. In addition, I attended the fellowship program in the Arab region. I got knowledge about and the chance to meet Jewish, Hindus and other religions as an example from different countries representing different cultures. The KAICIID Center worked day and night to collect this rich diversities under the heading of humanity and coexistence with the other without any kind of discrimination. The initiatives that were funded by the Center have had a great impact on the local community, I have gained experience, work and training, and I have personally invested in raising awareness and spreading all these to my regional community.

I highly appreciate KAICIID’s mission which is working to consolidate it. I wish to KAICIID more success and progress.  The whole world needs the work and efforts of the Center.

- Media D. Marcelle Jwaniat, KAICIID Fellow, Jordan