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| creative encounters |
The Nature of Hinduism
Hindu-Jewish Summits (2007-2008) a postmodern religious encounter
Raimon Panikkar’s Symbolic Difference & Religious Faith
Coming Home Spiritually to More Than One Faith David B. Myers
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| the insight review |
| reflections |
| voices of youth |
| practically speaking |
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| in review |
| poetry |
The Sun Never Says
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|Table Mountain from Robben Island
This beautiful landscape captures one of the most tragic periods of the 20th century. Robben Island (named for the seals Robben in Dutch and Afrikaans that swarm its shoreline) was the prison colony for apartheid South Africa. Here, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, and many other legends of the anti-apartheid movement were imprisoned.
Robben Island has a long history of being used as a place of punishment. In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck established the first permanent settlement by Europeans in South Africa in the area that today is the city of Cape Town. Van Riebeeck was sent by the Dutch East India Company, a company based in the Netherlands which traded goods between the East and Europe. The Dutch used the island to hold prisoners.
In 1999, Cape Town hosted the Parliament of the World's Religions. 8,000 people from all parts of Africa and the globe came to this beautiful city to celebrate the extraordinary richness of interfaith encounter, dialogue, and cooperation. Many visited the Robben Island prison, now an evocative museum.
This year, the beautiful Australian city of Melbourne will host another Parliament of the World's Religions. This issue of Interreligious Insight features an invitation to that event.
1893 Parliament of the World's Religions