Inter Religious Meeting at Rachol Seminary
An inter-religious meeting was organized by the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol on 2nd October 2017, Gandhi Jayanti Day, at the seminary auditorium. Reaching out to people from different religions to build a humanity of love was the refrain that echoed throughout the meeting.
The theme for the meeting was “love diversity, strengthen unity’. The meeting began with a prayer service. Mr Chandrashekar Gawas, representing the Hindu community, stressed the need for joining hands to promote unity and to combat the divisive forces. Maulana Jamaal Akhtar, speaking on behalf of the Muslims, highlighted that true faith implies being inclusive and respecting the diversity of beliefs in the society. Fr. Caetano Fernandes, speaking from the Catholic perspective, focused on the Church teachings which urge every faithful to acknowledge and to promote the values that form the core of different religious traditions.
Earlier in the day the participants were actively involved in a group discussion to share their personal views about not falling prey to uniformity but rather to build a harmonious society based on the value of ‘unity in diversity’. The discussions were ably moderated by Ms. Nazrana Shaikh, Ms. Zeiba Khan Pathan, Dr. Mukul Pai Raiturkar and Mr. Erwin Colaco. Students from Dhempe College, Panjim and Carmel College, Nuvem put up skits, while the seminarians of the Patriarchal seminary presented a dance emphasizing the necessity of living in communal harmony for the development and wellbeing of our nation.
All those present took an oath to respect diversity and build unity. The meeting ended with a fellowship over a cup of tea and snacks. The programme was compered by Sem. Lester Dourado and co-ordinated by Sem. Joephil Dias.