Promoting Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism: An Analysis of John Paul II’s ‘Ut Unum Sint’ and Its Relevance to Peace Education


There are moments in history that religion has been a cause for division, debates, and misunderstandings. This sad reality defeats the purpose of the goal of religion to promote faith, hope, and love. Instead of uniting people, the diverse understanding of other faithful posits the opposite. With this, this paper explicates the importance of promoting interreligious dialogue and ecumenism in attaining peace when one teaches peace education. For the methodology, the researcher uses expository writing and analysis in this qualitative research. In the first part, the researcher presents events in history which were caused by the clash of ideologies and beliefs of other religions. Second, this study explains the importance of interreligious dialogue and ecumenism that John Paul II pointed out in his papal teaching entitled Ut Unum Sint. In the third part, the researcher shows the need for interreligious dialogue and ecumenism in achieving peace in this time in which religion has been misconstrued. Thus, one can realize that one’s language in engaging in dialogue can help in attaining peace. With this, the study concludes by laying out the importance of this concept so as to be included in peace education.

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Ivan Efreaim Gozum, Angeles University Foundation, Philippines

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Conference: ACERP2021
Stream: Religion - Religion and Peace Studies

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