The Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD) and Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Ecumenical Dialogue (ACCED) have released their logos.
In the ACCIRD logo, the colours represent the Church’s dialogue with different religions and on issues of common concern. The heart shape symbolises that all dialogue must be conducted on the basis of mutual love.
In the ACCED logo, the colours represent the Church’s numerous efforts to reunite with brothers and sisters of different Churches. The overall shape of the cross represents Jesus’ prayer for unity. The overall composition also suggests a boat on a journey towards God.
Both councils were set up in September 2013.
Says Jesuit Msgr Philip Heng, Vicar General for Interreligious and Ecumenical Relations: “Interreligious dialogue and friendship engage us in mutual respect for one another’s beliefs ... the greater respect we have for one another, the greater the harmony we build through genuine friendships that sow harmony in our society and country.”
He noted that “ecumenism, on the other hand, is built on the foundation of Christ as our centre for dialogue and bond of unity, and the Resurrection of Christ as our common hope ... We are each called to deepen the core truths of Christ and concretise our love for Him by being His instruments of unity, peace and love in the world.”
Upcoming ACCIRD activities include a learning trip to the Central Sikh Temple and other places of worship. The ACCED will be involved in the Jan 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is also exploring other forms of ecumenical prayer during the year.