Readers' picks: Their favorite long reads of the year.

29 December 2020

As the year draws to a close, we collected our readers' favourite features on religious leaders, KAICIID Fellows and other inspiring people who despite the pandemic, found ways to connect to one another, worship and help vulnerable people. Read their stories below:







New Ways to Worship and Help those in Need

Around the world people have been social distancing or stuck in quarantine, although still seeking spiritual support and guidance. Many religious communities have discovered creative new ways to worship and help others. Click to read more.


Religious Holidays under Lockdown: Praying and Celebrating in Unusual Ways

Despite lockdowns and disruptions of religious services, important religious holidays like Çarşema Sor, Easter, Passover, Ramadan and Vesak were celebrated online this year. Click to read more!


Overcoming the Digital Divide in Covid-19

KAICIID and partners have found inventive ways to bring dialogue online, building a virtual community based on trust and safety and discovering that online dialogue can foster transformative relationships across distances. Click to read more.


How the Scouts Dialogue for Peace Programme Supports Understanding

“We need dialogue in all areas of society, to provide a safe space to know yourself and to know others". Hear more from Sol Conte, an inspiring Scout from Argentina who is breaking ground and fostering dialogue among Scouts and young people. Click to read more.


International Organizations Partner with Religious Leaders to Reach Vulnerable People

As faith leaders react to the realities of religious practice in our time, non-profit organizations, policymakers, and intergovernmental institutions are working with religious communities to develop plans, implement strategies, and provide guidance for what can be done to mitigate the virus’ social, economic, and political impacts. Click to read more.


7th Annual G20 Interfaith Forum Concludes with focus on COVID-19, Inequality and Climate Change

This year's G20 Interfaith Forum addressed the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, social, racial, and economic disparities, environmental challenges, safeguarding sacred sites, and other pressing issues. The virtual conference brought together more than 2,000 participants from more than 90 countries. Click to read more


Religion at the UN: From Gender Justice to Protecting the Environment

More and more, religious leaders and communities are recognised as key partners in achieving the sustainable development agenda, combatting inequality and poverty and promoting gender parity. The UN Multi-faith Advisory Council is helping to do exactly that. Click to read more 


It's not too late to get involved in 2020

In case you missed it, the KAICIID community was very active in engaging in #DialogueDespiteDistance, exploring how #ReligionsRespond during the pandemic, discussing how to contribute to development through #Faith4SDGs and being inspired by our community of #HeroesOfDialogue. Click to read more