DialogueSpaceSG Interfaith Forum for Young Adults

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23 May 2021
2pm – 6pm

DialogueSpaceSG Interfaith Forum for Young Adults is initiated by the Catholic Church of Singapore as part of its 200th anniversary. Catholic young adults (18-35 years old) are warmly invited to sign up and attend the online event.

It is organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD) in partnership with the SMU Wee Kim Wee Centre (WKWC) and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

Fundamentally, a country flourishes when constructive dialogue occurs between its many rich cultural components. Persistent, courageous and respectful dialogue aimed at achieving deeper understanding will contribute to a world that is much better to live in. In our pluralistic society, it calls for an authentic social dialogue that involves the ability to respect the other’s point of view without being dismissive; “to approach, speak, listen, look at, come to know of, understand one another and find common ground (Fratelli Tutti, #198)” and consensus while respecting the dignity of everyone. Essentially, “the goal of dialogue is to establish friendship, peace and harmony, and to share spiritual and moral values and experiences in a spirit of truth and love”. (Fratelli Tutti, #271)

Young religious leaders and representatives who are 18 to 35 years old from ten faiths in Singapore will come together to listen to Catholic, Islamic and secular perspectives based on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, which encourages the formation of friendships and fraternity among the young.

The Forum will include the unveiling of a DialogueSpaceSG sculpture design meant to serve as a symbol and reminder to all of us of the importance, significance and power of inter-faith dialogue in today’s society. There will be time to engage in group discussions to identify actionable steps which will lead towards achieving lasting friendships and mutual understanding among people of different religions in Singapore.


Panel speakers will include:

Catholic Perspective

Friar Derrick Yap, OFM
Custos of the Franciscan Friars in Singapore & Malaysia

Islamic Perspective

Asst Prof Dr Mohamed Bin Ali
Assistant Professor at Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Secular Perspective

Asst Prof Dr Justin Tse
Assistant Professor of Humanities (Education) in the Office of Core Curriculum and School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU)

The programme will be:

2.00pm   Welcome by Emcee
2:05pm   Opening Address for DialogueSpaceSG Interfaith Forum for Young Adults by Msgr John-Paul Tan, OFM, Vicar General (Interreligious Relations)
2:10pm  Short Greetings by Msgr Indunil, Secretary, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID)
2:15pm   First Panel Speaker: Friar Derrick Yap, OFM on the spiritual background of Fratelli Tutti
2:35pm  Second Panel Speaker: SMU Asst Prof Dr Justin Tse on a secular reading of Fratelli Tutti
2:55pm   Third Panel Speaker: NTU RSIS Asst Prof Dr Mohamed Bin Ali on “A Reading of Fratelli Tutti: An Islamic Perspective”
3:15pm   Fourth Panel Speaker: Originator of Winning Design of DialogueSpaceSG Sculpture
3:25pm   Photograph taking and Instructions before lab (breakout group) discussions
3:30pm   Lab Discussions
4:45pm   Break
4:55pm   Lab Summary Presentations (1 per lab topic only)
5:25pm   Q&A with Panel
5:55pm   Concluding Remarks
6:00pm   End

To register by 14 May, visit: https://tinyurl.com/t59hk3rw

To learn more about this event,

please contact Gerald Kong at 6336 9408 (O).
Organising Committee: Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD)