The Imam-Priest Exchange is an interfaith initiative aims to facilitate mutual understanding between priests and imams, setting the precedent for peaceful relationships between Muslims and Christians.

The Imam-Priest Exchange

The desired outcomes are that each participating imam and priest would:

  • Build a lasting friendship with a religious leader from the other faith.
  • Increase knowledge about the commonalities and differences.
  • Remove the negative stereotypes of the other‟s faith.
  • Increase knowledge of interfaith co-operation, and examples of successful initiatives.
  • Gain a fuller understanding of the other‟s religion and history.
  • Implement inter-faith initiatives in his local community.
  • Become an ambassador of peace in his local community, and share his knowledge and experience with others.

The project aims at reducing religious tension through practical dialogue. The need for dialogue has become more critical after the 25 January 2011 Revolution  because  of  the  inter-religious  strife  leading  to  incidents  of tragic  sectarian  violence  including  the  burning  of churches  and  numerous clashes.

The project started with 20 imams and 20 priests who plan to meet over four weekends this year. The project will be run over three years, with a new group each year.

Report of the 1st meeting in2013

Report of the 3rd meeting in 2013

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