Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta and James Bartle | Working together across religions to build free, just, reconciled and peaceful societies

Oct 30, 2018

Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta, James Bartle, and Graham Hill discuss how we might work together across religions to build free, just, reconciled, and peaceful societies. They also discuss such themes as: (1) Helping Indonesian women contribute fully to society. (2) The role of ritual and symbol in reconciliation, peacemaking, and community building. (3) Building bridges to those of other faiths – moving from “us and them” to “us.” (4) Shaping a new paradigm of mission in multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural settings. (5) Opening dialogue between Muslims and Christians, by working together for a better society. In other words, working together to address the things that concerns us all.

Farsijana is director of the Centre for Research and Community Development at Duta Wacana Christian University in Yogyakarta. She and he husband Bernie spend a lot of time working together with Christians and Muslims to build a just society. In the late 1990s, Bernie and Farsijana built a home in an all-Muslim neighbourhood. This home has become a centre for community outreach and hospitality. At any given time, they share it with several other people of both Muslim and Christian faith. Their house also serves as a centre for the Indonesian Women’s Coalition, which Farsijana leads, empowering women and serving the victims of natural disasters.

James Bartle is an Australian who lives in Indonesia with his family, and teaches at Binus University, Jakarta, in the department of international business and management. His expertise is in Macroeconomics and Financial Economics, and he has a keen interest in Indonesian society and culture, and fresh approaches to cross-cultural witness.

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