Interfaith Dialogue Partners Featured on Oprah's "Belief"

October 14, 2015

On Sunday, October 18, Oprah Winfrey presents the landmark television event "Belief," a week-long documentary series airing over seven consecutive nights that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them. Through vivid, emotional storytelling and cinematic visual imagery, Belief illuminates the best of faith and spiritual practices from around the world – the rituals, stories and relationships that bind us all together as human beings. This groundbreaking original series invites viewers to witness some of the world's most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers.

Public Conversations Project partners Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, of the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) in Nigeria, are featured in Episode 2 (on Monday, October 19, entitled "Belief: Love's Story"). The two men have pioneered interfaith dialogue training across northern Nigeria, enhancing peace and stability in a region marred by outbreaks of religious violence. Over the past five years, Public Conversations, and our partners at UMass Boston and the IMC developed a new model of dialogue based on shared tenets of the Bible and Koran, and have trained hundreds of community leaders to facilitate dialogue about religion and other divisive isues in their neighborhoods and places of worship.

Read about our work on interfaith dialogue in Nigeria, and check out the new hybrid model of dialogue we developed together, as well as a story in The Christian Science Monitor.

Traveling to the far reaches of world, and to places cameras have rarely been, Belief searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters. From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces. These stories and others will all lead us to ask: "What do you believe?".

The series will premiere on Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

Check out the trailer!