Building interfaith trust: Faith between faiths

Different places of worship situated close together – like this Hindu temple beside a church – are a common sight in Singapore, which a 2014 Pew Research Centre study says is the most religiously diverse nation. In such an environment, interfaith
Different places of worship situated close together – like this Hindu temple beside a church – are a common sight in Singapore, which a 2014 Pew Research Centre study says is the most religiously diverse nation. In such an environment, interfaith trust is crucial. BT FILE PHOTO

Dealing with misconceptions or differences on the ground needs strong relations that take time and effort to build, say observers

A pastor, a Buddhist, a Muslim and a non-believer walk onto a stage in a church.

It may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but this describes the start of a nearly three-hour dialogue on dealing with offensive behaviour that was linked to religion.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline 'Faith between faiths'. Print Edition | Subscribe