Friday, September 9, 2011

Inter Religious Forum

The Matale District Inter Religious Forum was held at St. Thomas' Church hall, Matale, on the 28th of July 2011, under the theme of "Let us build Social Cohesion through Unity".

Buddhist monks, Priests from Catholic, Anglican, Baptist and Salvation Army Churches, Hindu Kurukkal and a Maulavi from Isalm faith were among the religious dignetaries who enlightened the gathering.

The main objective of this programme was to contribute to build a virtuous society with mutual trust and harmony. Rev. Fr. Desmond Perera, Coordinator-"SETIK" Organization, Matale District, took the initiative actions to organize this forum. Various conflicts and confrontations erupted in the society, the way of their meditation and their experience gained while sloving these conflicts were among the topics discussed. Further, they were also able to gather some knowledge about the religious and cultural diversity and to discard the misunderstandings they had. After this religious forum the following divisions were taken by the religious dignataries to show their religious harmony.

1) To hold a religious observance programme to display inter religious harmony and solidarity.

2)To arrange a visit to Jaffna areas, especially to places of religious significance and to hold further forums in religious places.

Now, this religious forum has been organized as a formal structure as "Matale District Religious Forum". The Chairmanship will be held by Ven. Malakotuwe Wimala Dhamma - Registrar, Sasanaraksha Balamandalaya, Matale and Rev. Father Dilan Fernando -Parish Priest of St. Thomas' Church, Matale will function as Secretary.