Interfaith Dialogue

Community of West and Islam Dialogue (C-100)
Heightened tension between the West and the Islamic world stands in the way of true collaboration and mutual understanding. The C-100 is a community of business, political, religious, media and opinion leaders that promotes dialogue and understanding across different segments of society in the West and Muslim world. It is a multistakeholder community that provides a unique platform to:
- Act proactively as a global citizen in promoting harmony, mutual respect and shared values
- Improve knowledge and understanding across cultures and civilizations
- Gain new insights into the opinions of peers and global leaders involved in West–Islam dialogue

Read the Charter of the Community of West and Islam Dialogue (C-100)

The Elijah Interfaith Institute is a multinational organization dedicated to fostering peace between the world's diverse faith communities through interfaith dialogue, education, research and dissemination. Our unique programming generates interfaith dialogue at the highest levels, bringing together world religious leaders and renowned scholars the world over, through research projects, public conferences and community-based initiatives.

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Faith & Leadership: Training for Religious Leaders

To develop a cadre of informed civic-oriented volunteer and professional leaders of faith-based communities who are interested in helping to work as forces for good for their local communities, the country, Europe and the world.


  1. To train a cadre of religious leaders in The Netherlands in understanding and responding to key international issues covered by the Earth Charter and the MDGs, including, for example, climate change, poverty and hunger, the situation in the Middle East, the conflict in Dafur, and the international water crisis.
  2. To provide leaders of faith communities with skills necessary for responsible leadership and constructive dialogue both within their faith community and between communities of different faiths.
  3. To enable leaders of faith-based communities to promote understanding between faiths, between communities of faith and civil society, government institutions and the public generally.
  4. To facilitate the work of communities of faith in bringing people together as a force for good and in building a better world (in Hebrew “tikkun olam”, which is the imperative to “repair/improve the world”).

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Internationalization of the Inter-Spiritual Opening of Parliament



About 45 year ago a prayer was organized by either the Protestants or Catholics and said in parallel and prior to the opening of Parliament. About 10 years ago, Rabbi Soetendorp suggested that the group be broadened to include many religious traditions, which was adopted by the organizers. Now, each year since 2000, the opening of the Dutch Parliament is preceded by a festive ceremony that includes the blessings and prayers of the key religious and humanistic traditions in the Netherlands. It has proven to be a very successful and inspiring event that provides a gravity and spiritual background to the beginning of the parliamentary sessions and serves as a vital sign of the magnificent cultural and religious diversity in Dutch society. Especially in times of growing tensions between the different cultures and religions in the Netherlands, the ceremony is a testimony of peaceful collaboration and shared values among the different communities of religious and secular faith. It is a means for providing social cohesion, inspiration and hope to the Dutch as they embark on a new year of governance. 2009 will be the 10th anniversary of this spiritual opening.



To invite others to join the Dutch in this tradition.

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The Soetendorp Institute


Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values
Van Wijngaerdenstraat 21
2596 TW The Hague
The Netherlands