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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Southhall: new series of inter-faith dialogues
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┬áDe Nobili House in Southall, Middlesex, will be launching its 2004/05 Inter-faith Dialogues on Sunday, October 3, by welcoming a practitioner from the Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre in Bourne Green. Swami S┤ivarupananda will be performing and commenting on a Krishna puja or Hindu reverential service. The following month, a local Buddhist, Naresh Banga, will be sharing his insights into the Buddha-story at the Centre (Sunday, November 7); while the season of Advent will be marked on Sunday, December 5, by prayers and reflections on the Jewish feast of Hanukkah or Chanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights. Fr Michael Barnes SJ, who teaches inter-religious relations at Heythrop College in London and is one of the priests working at St Anselm's parish in Southall, stresses the importance of these dialogues. He said: "The aim of the De Nobili community is to provide a hospitable space where people of different faiths can meet in an atmosphere of prayerful peace and mutual respect," he says. "In these times of suspicion and hostility between people of different traditions and faith cultures, it is vital that we provide an environment where we can listen to each other and learn about those spiritual issues that are important in our lives." Further dialogues in the New Year will include a Jewish speaker on Passover, a Sikh on the Guru Granth and a Zoroastrian priest who will comment on the fire rituals. For more information about the Dialogues at De Nobili, phone 020 8571 1833
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