The 10th annual Rev. Dr. Stanley Samartha Memorial lecture will be delivered by Dr. David Frawley in Bangalore on 24 March 2012. The talk will be on “Pluralism and Universalism in Hinduism”. Organized by Bangalore Initiative for Religious Dialogue (BIRD), the programme will be held from 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm at Rotary House of Friendship.
BIRD is known for organizing constructive seminars, consultations, panel discussions and dialogues and an annual lecture series in memory of Rev. Dr Stanley Samartha, the first Director of the Inter-Faith Dialogue Programme of the World Council of Churches, Geneva. The organization was formed in 2001, by a group of Hindus, Muslims and Christians hailing from Bangalore. The group aims at promoting inter-faith amity in line with Indian wisdom, which promotes inclusiveness and there by safeguards India’s religious diversity.
The nine lectures have been organised so far by BIRD. Former chief of BBC India Sir Mark Tully, delivered a lecture at the 9th Samartha Memorial lecture on 7 October 2010. The 8th lecture was delivered by Arun Shourie, celebrated journalist and author in October 2009 on the subject “Rethinking Religions”. The 7th lecture was delivered by MJ Akbar, reputed journalist and author and editor of India Today. on the theme “The Power of Religion vs. the Religion of Power”.
Other eminent speakers for BIRD have been Justice KT Thomas, former Judge of Supreme Court of India , Dr. Hans Ucko, director of inter-faith dialogue division at the World Council of Churches (2006), Mar Thoma Metropolitan Bishop Philipose Mar Chrysostom (2005), Prof. MV Nadkarni, former Vice Chancellor of Gulbarga University (2004), Dr. CT Kurien, economist and Director Emeritus of Madras Inst. of Dev. Studies (2003).
Those who are interested in participating are requested to get in touch with PN Benjamin, Co-ordinator, BIRD at 9731182308
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