CISEA Updates on Seminars, Workshops, Symposia and Conferences

Zonal Interfaith Training Seminars
The Centre, in collaboration with the Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, organised three Zonal Interfaith Seminars at Kaajano-Osu, Tema and Madina. The topic for discussion at these seminars held in October and November was Good Neighbourliness And the Challenge of Religious Radicalization: Christian & Islamic Perspectives. Rev. Dr. Johnson Mbillah, Rev. Dr. Solomon Sule-Saa, Imam Dr. Haruna Zagood-Sayeed and Ustaz Mustapha Kuyatey were the speakers.

Interfaith Seminars in the Northern & Upper Regions
Interfaith Seminars were held in Tamale and Bolgatanga on 13th and 15th October 2020 respectively. Christians, Muslims, the young and the old participated in the seminars. At Bolgatanga, we had the Regional Chief Imam and his elders participate in the seminar. The theme was The Call to Good Neighbourliness and Constructive Engagement with Other Faiths. Rev. Dr. Johnson Mbillah, Alhaji Dr. Hussein Zakariah and Alhaji Abdul-Rahaman Abu were the Speakers.

Conference on Christian Mission and Religious Pluralism
The annual Conference on Christian Mission and Religious Pluralism was held at the Presbyterian Women’s Centre – Abokobi from 4th to 6th November 2020 under the theme: Christian, Islamic and Primal Spiritualities in Interaction. There were fourty-four participants including ten persons who participated through Zoom. Rev. Dr. Johnson Mbillah was the Keynote Speaker. Other Speakers included: Rev. Dr. Ernestina Afriyie, Imam Dr. Haruna Zagood-Sayeed, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyina and Rev. Gideon Puplampu.

Annual Interfaith Symposium
The 12 th edition of the Centre’s Annual Interfaith Symposium was held in Accra on Thursday, 26th November 2020, in collaboration with the Department of Ecumenical and Social Relations Department of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Ga and Ga West Presbyteries. The symposium discussed the topic Expressing Good Neighbourliness: Towards Peaceful Electioneering Processes. Rev. Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor (Clerk of the General Assembly, PCG) was chairperson and the speakers were Rev. Prof. Abamfo Atiemo (Europe Presbytery Chairperson, PCG), Alhaj Abdul-Wahab Issah (a Deputy Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission) and Mama Aflo Vieude IV(Queenmother of Mafi Traditional Area). 185 participants were recorded at the programme. A similar Interfaith Peace Symposium was held in Kumasi on Thursday, 19th November 2020 in collaboration with the Asante Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. This programme gathered religious leaders, security chiefs, and political party leaders to share ideas on how to work together towards a peaceful election. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, the immediate past National Peace Council Chairperson and Sheik Alhaj Abdul Mumin II, the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam were the main speakers.

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