International Chapters

Temple of Understanding International Chapters and Partners

International ChaptersIndia

Dr. Karan Singh, International Chairman and Chair of the India Chapter

The Temple of Understanding India Chapters were founded in 1968 and consist of eight chapters located in cities all over India. The Temple of Understanding Chapters in India are dedicated to interfaith dialogue and education. They convene conferences, publish papers, and act independently, although in partnership with the Temple of Understanding.

Temple of UnderstandingIndia 2015-2016 Report
Interfaith Harmony and Dialogue Programs

We are pleased to share a report from our colleagues at Temple of UnderstandingIndia detailing their programs for 2015-2016. Highlights of TOUIndia’s activities include:

  • Participation in the Parliament of the World’s Religions themed “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity” in October 2015
  • International Interfaith Dialogue on 9th January 2016 themed “The Influence of Religion on the Place of Woman in the Society,” jointly organized by Der Missionszentrale der Franziskaner, Bonn, Germany; the Center for Peace and Spirituality International; Temple of Understanding—India, and Bahá’í Community of India
  • Interfaith Dialogue for World Peace jointly organized by Temple of Understanding India and Focolare Movement on 20th January 2016 in honour of the visit of Madam Emmaus, President and Mr. Jesus Moran, Co-President of Focolare Movement
  • Round table Conference themed “Religion & Sustainable Development—Fostering Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies” on 23rd November 2016 in collaboration with Woolf Institute, Cambridge and Georgetown University, Qatar. Some 27 outstanding scholars, including members of the Advisory Council of Temple of Understanding India Foundation, were invited by its founder President Hon’ble Dr. Karan Singh for deliberations surrounding the Agenda 2030—Sustainable Development Goals and the contributions of religious communities towards their fulfillment

For a full description of TOUIndia’s 2015-2016 interfaith harmony and dialogue programs, please click to read the full report.


Rev. Helen Summers, Founding Director

The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne recognizes and celebrates the unity that is found in our diversity, that is, the unity of human values which are found at the ethical core of each faith; values such as: peace, love, non-violence, right action, truth, and respect for the human family. We also recognize the differences between faiths, and the sensitivity and skill required to bring about successful interfaith encounters and dialogue.

Recently the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne was awarded the King Abdallah II World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize for their work.


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