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A Common Word wins the Eugen Biser Award of 2008

The Eugen Biser Award was conferred on the essential contributors to that thought-provoking Open Letter “A Common Word Between Us and You” to the Christian Churches, dated October 13, 2007

H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Shaykh Al-Habib Ali Zain Al-Abidin Al-Jifri
United Arab Emirates

Reisu-l-Ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić
Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina

in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to Muslim-Christian dialogue and their consequent and blessed endeavours towards peace among the nations.

The Award was presented at a ceremony in Munich, Germany, on November 22, 2008.

The Council of the Foundation unanimously agreed to grant the Award on those here named. The foundation is conscious of the honour and recognition reflected on it by their willingness to receive the Eugen Biser Award.

Eugen Biser developed his life’s work in dialogue and argument with the original texts of Christianity, with Christianity’s history and not least with the spiritual situation of our own times, which are marked by secularism and atheism. At the core of his thinking is the understanding of God which Jesus transmitted to us – that God is the father of unconditional love. The love of God, which finds concrete expression as the love of one’s neighbour, is the indispensable basis for a Christian existence.

It is difficult to imagine a closer agreement in origin and aim, than that contained in the epochal Open Letter of Muslim Scholars “A Common Word Between Us and You”. Inter-religious dialogue – without abandoning one’s own identity – is the duty of both responsible Christians and Muslims, above all since there can and will be no peace among people if there is not peace among the religions.

From left: H. E. Reisu-l-Ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić,
H. E. Salem bin Mohammed Al-Kasimi (on behalf of Shaykh Al-Habib Ali Zain Al-Abidin Al-Jifri), H. E. Issa Nasser Ayyoub, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (on behalf of H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal) (Foto: Christine Vincon)

The Award:

English   Arabic
German   German

Programme:

Speaker English German Arabic
Professor Paul Kirchhof,
Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Eugen Biser Foundation
Welcome and Introduction
  German  
Siegfried Schneider, Minister of State,
Minister of State
Opening remarks
  German  
Christian Ude,
Lord Mayor of the City of Munich
Opening remarks
English German  
Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble,
Federal Minister of the Interior
Religious diversity und social cohesion in Germany
  German Arabic
Professor Richard Heinzmann,
Chair of the Council of the Eugen Biser Foundation
The Eugen Biser Award and the motivation
for honouring H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal
  German  

Bishop Dr. Johannes Friedrich
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Chair of the Middle East
Commission for the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany

Learning together to discover Love: “A Common Word” and the reaction of Ecumenism – the motivation
for honouring H. E. Shaykh Al-Habib Ali Zain Al-Abidin Al-Jifri

English German  
Bishop Dr. Hans-Jochen Jaschke
Auxiliary Bishop of Hamburg, Chair of the Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue of the German Bishops’ Conference
The unity of God’s Love and Charity: the first steps towards a Catholic-Muslim dialogue – the motivation for honouring H. E. Reisu-l-Ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić
English German  
Dr. Heiner Köster
Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Eugen Biser Foundation
Award Ceremony
English German  

The Laureates respond:

Speaker   English
H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal
Eugen Biser Award Ceremony Speech
“A Common Word Between Us and You”: Theological Motives and Expectations
  English
H. E. Shaykh Al-Habib Ali Zain Al-Abidin Al-Jifri
Best wishes and greetings conveyed by H. E. Reisu-l-Ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić
   
H. E. Reisu-l-Ulema Dr. Mustafa Ceric
“A Common Word Between Us and You”: Theological Motives and Expectations
  English

Music

The “Cellopassionato” Ensemble – Professor Julius Berger and his Master Class

The ceremony has been broadcast live on television by Bayerisches Fernsehen (BR) on 22nd November 2008 at 11:00 a.m. and in a reduced version by PHOENIX on 24nd November 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Admission to this event was strictly by invitation only.

 

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