From the Journal of Br Josef Goetz, member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders.
At the end of January 2016, a meeting of 100 persons from all the different Christian traditions was held in Bavaria/south Germany.
The main point of discussion was the importance of dialogue between religions at the beginning of the 21st century. Different experiences and documents were shared. Everybody there was aware that dialogue between religions will gain more and more importance in Bavaria. The experience of dialogue between religions is a new experience for about 50% of all Christian traditions in Bavaria and has to be learnt and experienced.
In the past year, we have welcomed one million refugees into Germany from different part of the world, mainly from Africa and the Middle East. This has enormous ramifications.
I had the opportunity to make a presentation on the document “Nostra Aetate” and to lead a workshop about Buddhist-Christian dialogue. The document “Nostra Aetate” of the second Vatican Council is an important guideline (from 1965) for dialogue with other religions, guiding the Catholic part of Christianity.
The Catholic diocese of Augsburg is planning to invite representatives of all religions active in Augsburg and in the north of Munich to a major event. There was a meeting of a commission to organise the event. We want to help the different religious traditions in Augsburg to get integrated in their new environment and to organise an annual meeting in the official conference center of the diocese of Augsburg.