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Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation in Bosnia

Interreligious Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2010–June 30, 2012
  • Location Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • Geographic Focus Bosnia and Herzegovina

About this grant

The project goal is to promote dialogue and cooperation between Bosnia-Herzegovina’s religious communities in order to build a multiethnic, democratic society. To this end, the Interreligious Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, will work with local leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s four major religions and members of these religious communities to build awareness of each other’s beliefs, customs, and practices and to foster joint activities at the local level. The council will work directly with local community leaders, theology students, women, and young people to raise awareness and promote constructive interreligious dialogue. During the past two years, the council organized four meetings for theological students from all faiths, assisted women believers to organize community activities, and organized activities for young people to learn about different religious customs and traditions. In 2009, the council opened local chapters in four small towns around the country. The council was established in 1997 through the joint commitments of the leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Islamic, Orthodox, Catholic, and Jewish religious communities.