The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development organizes interfaith panels involving clergy or religious personalities from multiple faiths. The panels enable groups of students, tourists, or others to hear varied perspectives from distinguished people of faith living in the Jerusalem area.
Most panels are comprised of a Muslim, Christian, and Jew, but panels involving Bahai and/or Druse can be arranged upon request.
After the panelists respond to questions from the moderator, participants can ask questions themselves to the panelists or share comments.
The overall theme of the panel and questions for the panels can be set in advance to fit the specific interests of the group. Possible themes include exploring how people of different faiths relate to:
- Environmental sustainability and faith teachings
- Jerusalem as a holy city
- Stewardship of the Holy Land
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development has organized a range of interfaith panels for clients including the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies and Travcoa/Diesenhaus Unitours. Panelists have included priests, imans, rabbis, professors, and others from Jerusalem-based institutions such as the Swedish Theological Institute, Al Quds University, and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute.
The cost for a one-hour panel held at the Jerusalem Inter Cultural Center on Mt. Zion is 1,300 NIS.
If you would like to arrange an interfaith panel for your group, please contact us.
“Our group participated in the interfaith panel as part of a larger trip throughout Jerusalem, seeing the city as a divided one in terms of history, religion, and ethnicity. I was skeptical about the panel as someone who doesn’t identify with any religion, but it helped to illuminate the importance of bringing religion into the conversation when discussing how to mend the breakages of this intensely divided city – even (or especially) for non-believers. In particular I was stunned by the eloquence of Yasmin Barhum and Rabbi Yonatan Neril, who were both able to articulate concisely and poignantly how sustainability and a care for the environment is anchored in their respective spiritual beliefs and practices. Yasmin even deftly wove in a political element, explaining to us that her belief in Islam helped to dictate what she felt was an appropriate pathway to political activism and involvement on the ground. I left the panel with a piqued and renewed interest in one’s spiritual practices and beliefs when addressing conflict, and the rest of our group seemed immersed in conversations to the same effect.”