Archbishop Paarma from the Lutheran Church in Finland Signs Historic Muslim-Christian Coexistence Document

Archbishop Jukka Paarma from the Lutheran Church of Finland added his name to  the document issued by Christian and Muslim leaders promoting coexistence at the Coexistence and Peace Making Conference hosted by the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (JICRC) in Amman, Jordan, in January of this year.  Thirty-five Christian and Muslim leaders from the Middle East signed then, and since then more international faith leaders have added their signature and support.  The signing followed a dialogue between Archbishop Paarma, his delegation, Bishop Younan and his delegation, JICRC Executive Director the Very Rev. Nabil Haddad, HE Mr. Sami Gammoh, Deputy Chair, and HE Minister of Islamic Affairs, the Awqaf and the Endowment for Jordan Mr. Abd AlFatah Salah.

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New Accords in Muslim-Christian Relations

Conference on Coexistence and Peacemaking in Jordan, Jan. 2008

The Third conference on Coexistence and Peacemaking in Amman, Jordan, sponsored by the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center, issued a communique pledging to uphold freedom of religion, respect for holy places, symbols and writings, and seeking free access for all for holy sites.

For the report and the final communique, click here.

In October of 2007, 138 Muslim scholars issued “A Common Word” addressed to the Pope and other Christian leaders outlining that the heart of Islam and Christianity was love of God and neighbor and citing quotations from the Bible and the Quran illustrating this.

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This all follows in the Spirit of the Amman Message, an initiative of King Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to raise up the voices of moderation in Islam and speak out against violence and extremism committed in the name of Islam.

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