The Revd Tim Heaney of Christ Church. Jebel Ali, and and Canon Andy Thompson, St Andrew’s, Abu Dhabi represented our UAE Anglican Chaplaincies this week as part of the official Emirates delegation lead by HE Sheikh Nahayan (the new Minister of Tolerance) to the 2nd Athens International Conference on Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East
The Conference is a major international event, organized by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It aspires to move ahead to the strengthening of a dialogue framework that promotes rapprochement, networking, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence among the different religious and cultural communities of the region. The event is supported by the Centre for Religious Pluralism in the Middle East (CRPME) and this year was sponsored by the UAE and Austria. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak gave the keynote speech and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos welcomed delegates from thirty-four countries from the Middle East and the Mediterranean along with Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.