The first ever district wise inter-religious coordination committee promoting conversations on the merits of the Himalaya Declaration commenced on Friday (09) in Kurunegala.
The first of the five planned workshops will focus on training the proposed 150 interfaith clergy and civil society members, as co-ordinators who will be the key resource persons tasked with facilitating the planned 25 districts conversations, in the coming months.
Workshops are scheduled to be conducted in Kandy, Batticaloa, Matara and Vavuniya.
In each workshop, persons from surrounding districts will also get an opportunity to participate. The Kurunegala workshop had participants from three districts comprising clergy from Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Catholic and Christian religions and civil society members.
From the Sangha for Better Sri Lanka (SBSL) participants included, Ven. Madampagama Assaji Tissa Thero, Ven. Prof. Pallekande Rathnasara Thero, Ven. Kithalagama Hemasara Nayake Thero and Ven. Siyambalagaswewa Wimalasara Thero. In addition, Visaka Dharmadasa from the Association for War Affected Women and Dr Elias Jeyarajah from the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) also participated.