2014 Interfaith Trip to Turkey
The Interfaith Dialogue excursion to Turkey every year is just one of the many varied groups Atlantic Institute takes abroad. The purpose of this program is to explore and better understand historical sites and faith traditions that pre-date Turkey, as well as, to promote dialogue between different faith communities. Turkey, throughout its history, has been the epicenter of the Abrahamic faiths and we believe this program will greatly enhance your understanding of other religions including your own.
The Anatolian region was home to the early Christians who evangelized through Roman cities such as Ephesus, Smyrna and Antioch. It served as the capital of the Byzantine Empire for several centuries and later the Muslim Seljuk and Ottoman Empires. Turkey also acted as a place of refuge for the exiled Jewish peoples following the Spanish Inquisition. The rich history and culture of Turkey is directly linked to the influences of the Abrahamic faiths.
With a combination of pre-trip orientation, international travel and follow-up meetings, this program gives leaders an opportunity to expand their understandings of the vairous faith traditions throughout history. It is our hope that this program will lead to future interfaith dialogue and communication within our communities.
Several activities on the trip include:
- meeting with religious leaders and organizations
- visits to places of worship and historical sites
- lectures and presentations on religious influences in Turkey
- visits with local families to better understand the culture
What past participants have had to say:
"This trip enriched me personally and professionally. As a Christian minister and history professor, the combination of interfaith experience, historical touring and contact with contemporary Turkish businesses & individuals will all aid me in helping me seek reconciliation between Christians and Muslims." - Dr. Loyd Allen, McAfee School of Theology
"I am very thankful for having the opportunity to travel to Turkey and expand my awareness of the Turkish Culture, people and Islamic faith. I was very impressed with the work of the Hizmet Movement and how its members are serving Turkey and elsewhere in the world." - Bill Monahan, Deacon of the Catholic Shrine in Atlanta
"This trip allowed me to travel halfway around the globe to meet people, who like Americans, want to be part of a better world; want their families to be safe and happy; want their children to have an education and more opportunities than their parents had. We are really all the same. We are human beings with hopes and dreams." - Charlotte Connah, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia