The Center for Social Justice and Ethics (CSJE), in collaboration with Harmony Institute on Saturday 23th Feb, 2019, hosted an event named: Abrahamic Table Dinner. This was in an effort to promote interreligious dialogue for promotion of just and peaceful coexistence and addressing the problem of religious radicalization. The Center hosted about 100 participants from the Harmony Institute fraternity and academic environment, i.e, students and lecturers from CSJE and other faculties.
The topic discussed was "Story of Joseph in Abrahamic Religions: Reflections in Contemporary Life" and Rev. Dr. Opongo, Director of Hekima University College, and Sheikh Ibrahim Lethome, Secretary General of Center for Sustainable Conflict Resolution, gave powerful presentations. Both presenters took the participants through the Bible and Quran stories on Joseph and related different religious perspectives of the story to contemporary African social, cultural, economic, political, religious and environmental stories.
Among the contemporary issues highlighted in an effort to do contextual analysis were; family divisions, sibling rivalry, betrayal, violence and conflict, economic management, slavery and human trafficking, interracial and interreligious harmony, refugees, unrighteousness, unjust imprisonment, drought, food insecurity, control of anger, patience and being hopeful, forgiveness and reconciliation, among others.
Both presenters underscored, among many lessons, One Main Lesson: God’s providence. And that out of a bad situation something good may come, for “What you meant for evil God meant for good.” Gen. 50: 20.
Fr. Peter Mbaro, the Director CSJE observed that the lesson learnt from the interaction is that religious people have more that they can share to build unity and promote coexistence among people.
Courtesy of: Fr. Peter Mbaro, Director CSJE