Interfaith Dialogue Theory and Native/non-Native Relations

Jonathan Napier

Abstract


Interfaith dialogue allows for an understanding of power relationships,
a means of perceiving the Other, and a method of acquiring new
knowledge. I will discuss the benefits and limitations of interfaith
dialogue theory to Native/non-Native relations. Through interfaith
dialogue, benefits such as relationship building and improved
understanding provide opportunities to forge new communities
within Canadian contexts. However, as is, the framework of interfaith
dialogue also surfaces notions that prove problematic if applied
directly to Native/non-Native relations. The framework of interfaith
dialogue needs to be adjusted in order to be applied successfully in
this area. Issues such as diverging worldviews, understandings of
religion, misconceptions of the Other, political structures, and power
discrepancies will all off er challenges and insights into how one
applies aspects of interfaith dialogue. Furthermore, The non-Native
community has a responsibility to reach out and change prevailing
discrepancies in power structures.

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ISSN (Print): 1705-2947
ISSN (Online): 1712-5634