Vaishnava – Christian Dialogue
This dialogue was convened by a group of Christian and Vaishnava scholars in 1998, including a representative of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. The dialogue meets once a year in Potomac, Maryland to take up key issues in theology and spirituality. Vaishnava participants in this dialogue include ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) as well as other Vaishnava lineages. The Vaishnava tradition is a form of Hindu devotionalism. As a monotheistic tradition, 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). Although SEIA is no longer a co-convener, members of the staff participate from time to time on a personal basis.
Meeting Press Release
April 30, 2007
Periodic Hindu-Catholic Consultations are planned for the future.
SEIA staff for Hindu relations: Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D.