On Jan 26, 2013, Interfaith Youth in Action/World Faith Pakistan and the Youth Development Foundation organized its third diversity tour to the worship sites at Sangla Hill and Nankana Sahib. Twenty youth members from different faiths participated to advance interfaith relationships and cooperation.
The diversity tour helps to bridge growing gaps among youths of different religions in Pakistan by focusing on the commonalities of all faiths. By fostering interfaith understanding and cooperation, this program creates an environment where religious factors are set aside, and relationships and partnerships among diverse youth can develop for the peace and development of Pakistan.
The third tour provided a unique experience and an opportunity to visit worship places and learn more about the beliefs, practices, and customs of local faith traditions, and to explore local diversity for peace and harmony. The group visited Christian and Muslim communities at Sangla Hill and the Sikh community at Nankana Sahib Gurdwara. (Said Shahid Rehmat, director, Interfaith Youth in Action)
All members were welcomed by the host community’s youth and briefed by their religious leaders, followed by a question and answer session regarding their faith, traditions, conflicts, and history.
At the end of the day, all participants got a chance to share their learning and feelings with the group, and gave recommendations for future interfaith dialogues as follow up work.
To follow up on these tours, Interfaith Youth in Action is going to launch a Diversity Talk Series, including four panel discussions and the first interfaith youth conference with the same participants, for a deeper understanding of diversity and interfaith issues in Pakistan. For updates on our upcoming activities follow us on Facebook or visit Interfaith Youth in Action’s website.