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My recent visit to Bangladesh was organized by David Das, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Bangladesh. The visit took place just 10 days following the deadly attack in a restaurant in the Gulshan district of Dhaka, which had shaken the city.

David and NCC colleagues organized an interfaith consultation on contemporary issues, which brought together some 17 senior leaders from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian communities. Their overwhelming concern, of course, is the rising extremism. Fostering interfaith relationships, and providing theological grounding and skills for that were high on their priority list.

They also organized a meeting with high-level leaders of Human Rights groups who outlined for me Bangladesh's history with extremism and their understanding of how that will play out in the current climate. All the leaders I talked with were eager to have training in contextual learning. SCUPE will explore this opportunity.

A special thank you to our friend Rev. David Das, and his team at the NCCB.
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