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PRINCIPLES OF INTER-CHURCH DIALOGUE


Dialogue…
 
  • assumes the good intentions of those involved
  • is an honest attempt to understand each other
  • aims at genuine reconciliation not papering over the cracks
  • involves genuine humility and listening
  • seeks common mutual enrichment
  • is an exchange of gifts, not a negotiation
  • allows each tradition to explain itself
  • identifies past distortions, over-emphases and under-emphases
  • is aware of the influences of history, sociology and psychology
  • accept the other person for him or herself, not as an imperfect duplicate of yourself

Dialogue needs
 
  • a comfortable, safe, secure, relaxed environment
  • a sensitivity from the larger and more powerful to the smaller and weaker

Dialogue avoids

 
  • misrepresentation and stereotyping
  • violent and offensive language and expressions
  • comparing the ideals of one with the practices of another

Dialogue means -
 
  • loyalty to the past                        Tradition
  • commitment to the present           Mission
  • hope for the future                       Vision

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