ASIA/PHILIPPINES - The commitment of "Silsilah" movement for dialogue

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 dialogue   islam   formation  


Zamboanga City (Agenzia Fides) - Formation and experience of dialogue: this is the proposal of the "Silsilah" Movement, founded in southern Philippines by missionary Fr. Sebastiano D'Ambra, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME). As reported in a note sent to Fides, the "Harmony Village", founded by the movement in Zamboanga, organizes courses of Islamic-Christian dialogue every year. It is one of the basic activities, carried out for over 20 years in the Village, even if the courses had already begun in 1987 and held in the first 10 years, in other places. "We are happy to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this formation program and experience on Islamic-Christian dialogue. We are grateful to all who have helped us in maintaining this initiative that has trained thousands of Muslim and Christian leaders in Mindanao as well as in other regions in the Philippines and other countries", notes Fr. D'Ambra.
The courses organized in spring – also this year between the end of April and May - are three: basic course, special and intensive course. The "Basic course" usually lasts four weeks in which participants have the opportunity to study together the basic teachings of Islam and Christianity. At an experiential level, Christian participants live with a Muslim family and Muslims live with a Christian family. The Special Course lasts a week in which a particular topic is deepened. The intensive course presents in a comparative manner Islam and Christianity, with a focus on the theme of the dialogue. There are also special activities for young Christians and Muslims, who share study, friendship, fraternal moments. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 27/04/2016)