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Interreligious dialogue fosters mutual understanding and mutual respect. The SIG’s contacts to other religious communities and churches and its active role in several interfaith organisations serve to strengthen religious peace and religious freedom.
Dialogue among religions enables people to become acquainted with faiths other than their own and fosters peaceful co-existence. It helps us to see more clearly what we have in common and where the differences are, to reduce prejudices and to enhance mutual respect.
Respect and esteem for other religions
Mutual respect and esteem for other religions are values of great importance to the SIG. Ongoing dialogue with other religions is an effective and sustainable response to insecurity, tensions and, specifically, antisemitism.
Enhancing religious peace and religious freedom
As the umbrella organisation of Switzerland’s Jewish communities, the SIG cultivates regular informal contacts with representatives of other religious communities. It is also active in several interreligious organisations that conduct theological dialogues and strive for common positions in support of religious peace and religious freedom.