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The Dialogue of the Heart: Dialogues, Disputes and Dreams among Jews, Christians and Muslims

Date: Tuesday 23rd January 2024

Time: 6pm to 7pm

Venue: Online

We live at a highly charged and critical time for inter-religious relations. Taking its inspiration from recent advocates of dialogue in the Catholic tradition, in particular the recent papacies from St Paul VI to Pope Francis, we will in this webinar explore some of the present ‘dialogues, disputes and dreams’ among the three great Abrahamic faiths with three outstanding leaders, practitioners and scholars of the field.


This webinar will host four speakers.

Archbishop Kevin McDonald

Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. He has devoted much of his life and ministry to engaging in inter-religious and intra Christian dialogue and was Secretary of the Pontifcal Council for Promoting Christian Unity from 1985–93.

Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi

An author who specialises in comparative mysticism, Islamic Studies, Sufism and Shi’ism. He is the founding editor of the Islamic World Report and currently a research associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies with the Department of Academic Research and Publications.

Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers

Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers is a Rabbi at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue. Having studied Religious Studies at Lancaster University, the European Centre for Jewish Studies in Stockholm and Leo Baeck College in London she now teaches at Leo Baeck on Religion and Dialogue.

Professor Peter Tyler (chair)

A Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. As well as directing the theological research programme there, he convenes the Centre for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation (InSpiRe). He is presently editing the talks given in Toledo, Spain that inspired this webinar and which will be published by the newly inaugurated St Mary’s University Press in 2024.

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