On March 29th, Center Director Manuel Mejido joined Dean Mark Markuly in an exchange with a delegation of Indonesian scholars and educators that visited the School of Theology and Ministry as part of a State Department-sponsored initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to identify opportunities for collaboration in educating students and practitioners about the role and responsibilities of religion in public life across countries and cultural contexts.
Dr. Mejido briefed the delegation on the work the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs is doing around strengthening faith-based responses to social problems in the United States, including homelessness and the affordable housing crisis. He stressed the Center’s commitment to a comparative approach that draws on good practices of faith-based community engagement from across the globe and Asia-Pacific in particular.
Dr. Mejido reflected on the work he did with the Indonesian Ministry of National Development (BAPPENAS) and other development stakeholders during his appointment with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He suggested that, in an increasingly post-secular world, the United States and other Western countries should seize the opportunity to exchange innovative strategies in faith-based civic engagement with Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries.