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The Vaishnava – Christian Dialogue was convened by a group of Christian and Vaishnava scholars in 1998, including a representative of the SEIA. Vaishnava participants in this dialogue include ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness. . .) as well as other Vaishnava lineages. The dialogue meets once a year in Potomac, Maryland to take up key issues in theology and spirituality. Although SEIA is no longer a co-convener, members of the staff participate occasionally on a personal basis.
Other periodic Hindu-Catholic Consultations are also planned for the future.Dr. Anthony Cirelli is the lead USCCB staff for Hindu-Catholic relations.
With ancient origins in the Indian subcontinent, Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest living religions. Hinduism embodies a vast array of philosophies, moral prescriptions, religious practices and societal norms.It is an incorporation of diverse traditions and has no single founder.The Vaishnava tradition is a form of Hindu devotionalism. Monotheistic, they worship Krishna (Vishnu) as the supreme transcendent divinity, emphasize the theology of the avatars (incarnations or saving “descents” of God into the material world), and nurture a strongly devotional form of worship (bhakti).
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