About the Conference

Background Program
Pope Francis, together with Grand Imam Al Azhar, Syeikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together and presented it to the world at the Global Conference in Abu Dhabi, February 4th, 2019. The document inspires all believers that through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures, and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the poorest and those most in need.
 
This document exists because in the last two decades, various forms of violence have caused half a million people to die every year, or equal to 1,300 a day (World Bank, 2016). Unrestrained political ambitions have pushed humanity to the brink of global chaos, violent ethnic conflicts, and open warfare, as well as their derivatives such as the proliferation of armed conflicts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East and humanitarian crises caused by internationally displaced peoples and waves of refugees.
 
Perhaps the most complicated of all has been the rise of ideological and religious violence extremism that targets not only enemy combatants but also innocent civilians. It is complicated and dilemmatic as many societies embrace religions as a source of meaning and inspiration. Hence nothing is surprising when religious extremism attracts not only ambitious zealots but also misinformed innocents. Slink in among millions of refugees from the Middle East and Africa, terrorist extremists have launched successive indiscriminate attacks in several European countries. This created increasing negative sentiments among citizens of host countries toward refugees and added by occasional economic downturns and crises, give ways to populist politicians to ascend and promote xenophobic rhetoric.
 
Objectives
In order to continue the interfaith dialogue efforts initiated by the two most influential religious figures, Tangaza University College, Umma University, Global Ministries University, Harmony Institute, and State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta collaborated to hold a Global Conference on Fratelli Tutti - Ukhuwwah Insaniyyah: Building Bridges for Human Solidarity. Thus, the objectives of this conference are: 
  • To understand various perspectives and approaches in confronting and/or reducing intolerance, religious extremism, and religious-based violence.
  • To emphasize the importance of enhancing the role of the family in instilling tolerance and peace values.
  • To maintain solidarity among various religions and groups in the post-pandemic
 
Global Opening Program
In this session, some high-level speakers/officials are expected to attend and deliver keynote speeches. The title of the Global Opening is Building Bridge for Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter: Fratelli Tuti. Below is the proposed list of these VIPs speaker. 
  • Prof David Wang’ombe, Vice Chancellor Tangaza University College
  • Prof. Al Makin, Rector of UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta
  • Dr. Gerald Grudzen, President of Global Ministries University, Chair of Hub of the Americas
  • Prof. Fredrick Iraki, Chairman Board of Harmony Institute
  • Dr Idle Farah, Vice Chancelor Umma University
  • Mgr Lucio Sembrano, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
  • Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Minister of Religious Affairs Republic of Indonesia
  • Dr Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace International
  • Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, CEO National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Kenya
  • Alissa Wahid, Gusdurian Network
  • Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali, Director of the International Institute of Islamic Studies, and former Director of the Islamic Centre of England
  • Rev. Dr. Patrick Ryan, S.J., McGinley, Professor of Religion and Society
  • Sheik Hassan Suqyan, Deputy Chief Kadhi
  • Bishop Wilybard Lagho, Chair of KCCB Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies