15th Interreligious Prayer in Dortmund, Germany

On 14th September, 2010, the 15th Interreligious Prayer was held in Dortmund, Germany. Ari von Buuren (Chair of The Steering Committee URI the Netherlands) and Leo Lebendig participated amongst others in this interfaith prayer.

This year’s celebration of the interfaith prayer in Dortmund has been combined with the twin project “The light of peace of the religions”, in which Leo Lebendig and Ari van Buuren were involved. It was this project that provided inspiration to hold the 15th interfaith prayer in the city hall of Dortmund.

Being an interfaith project, it inspired the idea of combining it with the interreligious prayer of Dortmund. All the Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha’i – were represented in the prayer. Due to this cooperation the interfaith prayer thematically included the meaning of light and the use of the light symbol in the religions. Readings from the different scriptures were given in this context. 

The interreligious prayer has always been a prayer for peace: for peaceful and just coexistence, for people of different faith living together in peace all over the world.