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Religion and the Media

International Conference on TechnologyProf. Badru Kateregga


Presentation Out Lay

Objectives of the Presentation Whats Dialogue?Technology; bias on MediaLevels of Dialogue in ReligionInterreligious Dialogue (Ug, Ke,Tz, Rw,etc)East African Community Interreligious Council


Presentation objectivesTo study interreligious dialogue and its impact in East AfricaTo analyse the impact of the media on our own thoughts and beliefs.To describe how society and individuals are influenced by the media and consider the potential positive and negative consequences of media, for religion.To share East African experience on Religion and Media


What is Dialogue?a conversation of two (or more) persons of differing views on the same subject. (Kateregga, Shenk, 1981)the intention to seek mutual understanding on an issue or situation through inquiry and learning that can lead to consensus. Interreligious Dialogue means all positive and constructive Interreligious relations with individuals and communities of other faiths, which are directed at mutual understanding and enrichment, in obedience to truth and respect for freedom. . (Manichkam, 1983).


Why Dialogue?Reduce on Ignorance and increase knowledge on religious aspects/matters;To overcome; prejudice, bias, war & eventually blood shed.Respect of individual views; being sensitive to others(harmonious/amicable co-existance)Search for Truth; God is the truth; (many aspects to the truth, many paths to the truth )


Why Dialogue?Religion as mother of conflicts; world historical eventsWe have a lot in common: more in convergence than divergence hence need to emphasize what we have in common.We learn to appreciate our differences (look at them as blessing from God.Unity in diversityPrevent antagonism Learn to work together on common shared goals; peace, harmony, reconciliation, justice & fairness, development


Technology;- Media

the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposesmachinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledgeRelates to media; Print and ElectronicThere are many different forms of media and within the last 10 years the use of social media has increased dramatically.


Influence of Media Technology


Influence of Media25/11/20159

Behavioral ChangeIndividual and SocietalMoralityIndividual and SocietalEthical Individual and Societal

Levels of Dialogue in Religion25/11/201510

Levels of DialogueTheoretical dialogue; Verbal, attitudinal


Practical dialogue

25/11/201512Address human needs together

Spiritual dialogueLearn to worship together irrespective of the religious sectsGiving testimony to GodReligion for Peace (international) experienceThe Kenyata send off.


Prof. with Pope John Paul II in 1993 with Dr. John Taylor


Interreligious Dialogue in East Africa


My Contribution to the Interreligious Council of Uganda


Values and PrinciplesUgandas motto;- For God and my countryUgandan are basically religious; Uganda Martyrs exampleMulti-religious/PluralisticBloody religious conflicts/wars in 1890sReligion and Politics move together


Formation of the Joint East African Community-Interreligious Council

25/11/20151820th September 2014, Kigali, Rwanda

Principles: EAC-IRC25/11/201519

Every human being has been created, and is cared for and loved by God. Human life therefore enjoys sanctity.The indiscriminate and hateful destruction of life is evil.The religious justification of indiscriminate violence is based on a misrepresentation of Scriptures.We are all part of the human family and therefore share the same obligations to the welfare of society.God is peace, and as God's servants we must not only approve peace or preach peace, but work for peace.We need to move beyond religious tolerance to a position of mutual respect.Dialogue - the effort to truly understand the other - is a moral obligation.

Principles: EAC-IRCWe have a divine mandate to strive for equity and justice in society, including in thepolitical and economic spheres of society.People have the right and duty to lawfully and industriously earn a living.Faith communities have the mandate to speak truth to those in power; and to seek unitywithin the faith community when doing so.Religious community have shared obligation of serving humanity and promoting human dignity.


Campaign for EAC-IRC Principles using Media Technology

25/11/201521Launching of the East African Network

Eastern African Interfaith Leaders Train In Media Education In Nairobi Kenya (Nov 2014)


Involving Youth in interreligious Media Campaign




25/11/201526The 17-year-old daughter of a Muslim man in Uganda killed her Daughter for leaving Islam, Stories Shared online

Media TechnologyBasic; MicrophoneConference media gadgets; Interpretation, Power pointVideo conferencingTelevision and Radio (Video and photo)Online Access; Blogs, Websites, youtubes, social networks


Religion as a double-edged sworldIt can be used instrument of war Or An Agent of Peace25/11/201528

25/11/201529My world wide Religious Experience


Religious ExtremismExtremism leads to religious intolerance and fundamentalism which borders on terrorism.


Outcome of Hate Literature

25/11/201532Pastor Mulinde who was burnt for changing to ChristianityNigerian Girl hacked for becoming a Christian

Media for Peace OR>>>>>?


The Nairobi Parliament Riot..

Students should be instructed to discuss their answers at this stage, as the next task will provide an opportunity for students to document their work.33

PlenaryAnswer the following questions in your booksResearch has shown that there has been increased interest in religious discussion in the media.

How have your views, beliefs and opinions about religion been influenced by the media. Do you think the portrayal of religion in the media is positive or negative justify your answer, with examples if possible.25/11/201534