In the morning, we met other participants, from Singapore, Malaysia and also Indonesia. We started going to North Bridge Center at 7.30 a.m. to have a discussion on “A Common Word between Us and You” (for more info about A Common Word please see: www.acommonword.com). The ACW Islam and Christian. This has become a basis for dialog in grassroots level.
Presentation of ACW, first delivered by Tanti who talked about ACW in Islamic perspective and Carol in Christian perspective. After that, the participants discussed the presentation and shared many things including tolerance problems in some countries.
After the discussion, we went to National University of Singapore (NUS) by MRT and bus to have dialogue with a NUS Student group called NUS Interfaith. The president of NUS Interfaith, Afra Alatas met us at the bus stop and then brought us for lunch at the NUS University Town canteen. After lunch we gathered together with NUS Interfaith members. The vice president of NUS Interfaith presented her speech and continued by Fariz from YIPC Jogja. The topic of the dialogue was "The Role of Young Generation in Religious Harmony". After the presentation, we were divided into 4 groups consist of 5-6 persons to have deeper discussion.
After the discussion we had a campus tour and visiting some exhibitions by the Buddhist Society and Muslim Society. It was Buddhism and Islam awareness week at NUS. After th e tour we moved to Onepeople.Sg to attend a forum "Being a Good Neighbor in the Abrahamic Religions" organized by the Blue Ribbon and supported by NUS Interfaith, YIPC and Harmony Centre. The panelists were the leaders from three Abrahamic religions: Rabbi Nathan Alfred from United Hebrew Congregation, Rev Malcolm Tan from Covenant Community Methodist Church, and Ust. Dr. Nazirudin Mohd Nasir from Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, and Mohd Imran Mohd Taib from Harmony Center was the moderator. It was attended by around 300 people, and the discussion went very well.
By: Fariz and Wulan