FES News and Updates (Impetus Mar 2021)

Dialogue with an Open Heart and Mind

On 1 February 2021, 12 students from NUS ISCF and the Indonesian Buddhist Society participated in an interfaith dialogue. 30 students from NUS ISCF and the NUS Muslim Society gathered for another dialogue on 8 March 2021. The purpose of engaging in these dialogues was to listen to each other with an open heart and mind. In doing so, the ISCF desired to show empathy and reflect Christ’s love to friends of a different faith. James Yaputra, who is in his final year of Computer Science, reflected on his experience after participating in both dialogues:

“I got the chance to participate in the dialogues conducted by ISCF with the Indonesian Buddhist Society, and with the NUS Muslim Society. As someone who was born and raised in a predominantly Muslim country, and who grew up in a Buddhist family, I was surprised to learn that there was still so much I did not know about these faiths. I learnt the importance of having such dialogues to help us better understand those of different faiths, and how this understanding equips us to better share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Oftentimes, I find myself coming into these conversations with preconceived notions, knowingly or otherwise, and these can hinder me from connecting with them meaningfully. Another lesson I learnt is how important it is not only to answer questions regarding our faith as it is. Questions that non-believers ask may reveal their struggles and doubts with the faith more broadly, and we need to be able to address these concerns as well.”