June 16, 2014
Representatives of the umbrella organization KRM (Coordinating Council of Muslims) have met with delegates of the EKD (Evangelical Church in Germany). The central theme of this year’s meeting was the contribution of religious communities in Germany to promote peace in society and among nations. In the light of the dramatic situation in Iraq, the Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Nikolaus Schneider, as well as the spokesman of the Coordinating Council of Muslims (KRM), Ali Kızılkaya, criticized the abuse of religion for the legitimization of violence and war. Both the EKD and KRM announced to publish a guide for dialogue with basic recommendations and remarks for the encouragement and promotion of a Christian-Muslim encounter. The guide, which will be published in autumn, will be drawn up by a Muslim and a Protestant working group and will specifically focus on the implementation of dialogue as a basic prerequisite for a harmonious coexistence.