A Muslim View of Inter-Christian Dialogue

Our topic discussion of Wednesday Forum this week is “A Muslim View of Inter-Christian Dialogue”, that will be articulated by the speaker, Mega Hidayati, M. A. We invite you to join this forum. Some information about the forum can be read as follows.

Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2009
Time: 12.30 pm ? 2.30 pm (free lunch)
Venue: Room 306, UGM Graduate School Teknika Utara, Pogung


The diversity of religions and of Christianity in the world calls for respect and cooperation. Interreligious and intrareligious dialogues can be two of the paths to respond on this calling. Indeed, both kinds of dialogues are not easy especially related to conflicting truths as we can find in immense writings and experiences.

On September-December 2009, I took a class on Dealing with Diversity Evangelical/ Pentecostal and Mainline Perspectives on Religious Pluralism at Union Theological Seminary New York taught by Paul F. Knitter. This course focused on how to promote an Inter-Christian dialogue about how Christians can engage in inter-religious dialogue. The main discussions were about the position of Jesus as Savior, Christian uniqueness, biblical foundation, and the position of non-Christians.

As the only Muslim in the class, I learn much from this inter Christian Dialogue. I found that the Mainline and Evangelical/ Pentecostal Christians can learn each other about how to live faithfully and responsibly in pluralistic societies in terms of religion which in turn bring me back to my own religious tradition.

Thus, based on my experience in this class, I will share my understanding of Mainline and Evangelical/ Pentecostal Christian perspectives on religious pluralism and inter Christian dialogue between the two. Then, I convey a Muslim view of this dialogue.

About the speaker:

MEGA HIDAYATI is an ICRS student who earned her master?s degree from CRCS UGM. Her research (thesis) was on Human Finitude and Interreligious Dialogue: A Discussion on Hans-Georg Gadamer?s Thoughts. Mega just finished her Sandwich Program, a semester studied at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, New York. She was involved with the conference on Gender, Post-Colonialism and Interfaith Movements, New York, October, 24-25, 2009. She also spoke on several workshop and group discussion on interfaith dialogue.


The forum is free of charge and on a first-come-first basis.

Contact Person:

Elis Z. Anis (ICRS): elis236.andri@yahoo.com,elis@ugm.ac.id; Lina Pary (CRCS): lina_pary@yahoo.com; Mustaghfiroh Rahayu (CRCS): mth.rahayu@gmail.com.


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