IL News 005/2020
Seattle, Washington, February 11-13, 2020.

The world’s population is becoming more, not less religious. The demographic projection until 2050 was reported by Pew Research Center in 2015. Religion does not die with modernization and may even grow. Religious influence in public life has raised new interests on the importance of religious literacy. With the growing intensity of cross cultural, religious, and faith interactions, the ability to communicate and cooperate with people of different religions or faiths is becoming more important than ever.

Therefore, at the invitation of Dr. Chris Seiple, Senior Fellow at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington (US), Matius Ho from Leimena Institute spoke on the Indonesian experiences at the roundtable discussion on cross cultural religious literacy in Seattle, Washington, on February 11-13, 2020.

Other speakers were intellectual leaders of various religious backgrounds from India, Pakistan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The meeting was held in pursuant to the publication of (tentatively entitled) The Routledge Handbook on Religious Literacy and Global Engagement, due out in 2021.