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Kalilintad member organizations attend International Meeting for Peace and Partnership in the US
By Fawziyah Janan
Kalilintad Editorial Staff

The Al Fatihah Foundation, Inc., Bangsa Bai Livelihood Movement, Inc and the Forum for Muslim-Christian Solidarity (FMCS), all collaborating organizations of Kalilintad have sent their respective delegates to the Goldin Institute for International Partnership and Peace to be held at the Dominican Conference Center, Chicago, Illinois from October 27-November 1, 2002.

This meeting is sponsored and hosted by the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions, a Non-Government Foundation based in Chicago, USA. The gathering will discuss mainly issues concerning inter-religious movement, global peace and partnerships. This important gathering will be participated in by leaders and organizations engaged in inter-religious movements from Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, India, Israel, PhiIippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.

Three of the four who compose the Philippine delegation to the gathering come from the Kalilintad member organizations:

Al Fatihah Foundation, Inc. will be represented by Erwin Gaerlan. Erwin is currently the Program Coordinator of Al Fatihah's Program on Interfaith Dialogue. He is also member of the Secretariat of the Independent Moro Action Network (IMAN).

Ms. Sophia Dimalog, Chairperson of the Bangsa Bai Livelihood Movement Inc. will represent their organization to the meeting. This gathering will be Sophia's second visit to the United States. Together with other young Muslim leaders, Sophia visited the US through the International Visitors Program last March 20 - April 19, 2002.

The Forum for Muslim-Christian Solidarity (FMCS) is represented by one of its founders and concurrent Co-Chairperson, Fr. Oscar Ante, OFM. Fr. Oca is one among those Christian leaders consistently and actively involved in initiatives for Muslim-Christian dialogue.

The Philippine delegation and participation to this gathering was made possible thru the support given by the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions, with special mention to Mr. Travis Rejman, Associate Director for Partner Cities Initiative. Travis visited the Philippines last month and was able to meet with various Muslim and Christian organizations. It was thru his visit that the Philippine participation to this gathering was worked out.

Besides presenting to this gathering their particular experiences, Erwin, Sophia and Fr. Oca will collectively present their insights on the state and situation of inter-religious relations and movements in the context of the present Philippine realities. Their participation to this gathering will provide new grounds for the Philippine movement for inter-religious dialogue for networking and partnership in the promotion of understanding and solidarity towards the attainment of global peace.

To our colleagues, Erwin, Sophia and Fr. Oca, good luck and may the guidance and blessings of Almighty Allah be with you always. Wasalaam.