The Diocese plays a strategic role in interfaith dialogue with Al Azhar al-Sharif and other Islamic leaders in Egypt.
Following September 11 2001, a historic document established an interfaith dialogue committee between Al Azhar al-Sherif and the Anglican Communion. The signed agreement set in motion strategic initiatives developed by Egypt’s religious leaders of working together for peace and dialogue toward a greater understanding between the different faiths they represent. These initiatives have included:
- A scholarly exchange between a theological college in Cambridge and Al Azhar University
- The publication of books that clarify misconceptions involving Christianity and Islam
- An interfaith conference for religious leaders from Sub-Saharan and North Africa.
- A program in Christian and Muslim schools called “Planting a Tree of Hope.”
- The joint visit of the Grand Mufti and Bishop Mouneer to Liverpool Hope University.
- A cooperative Fighting Blindness campaign headed by Harpur Memorial Hospital and Islamic charity Misr el-Kheir.
- The Arkan Centre, at St. Mark’s Pro-Cathedral in downtown Alexandria, started in April 2011 to provide a place for Egyptian youth, both Christian and Muslim, to gather and to create art.
- The ‘Imam-Priest Exchange’, an interfaith initiative started in 2013 which brings together Muslim and Christian religious leaders in Egypt.
- The annual Caravan Festival of the Arts, hosted at St John’s Church in Maadi, aims to using the arts as a bridge for intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, and All Saints’ Cathedral in Zamalek has also hosted interfaith art exhibitions.