Dialog Center International
Dialog Center™ International – DCI - is an international network of organizations inspired by the Dialog Center in Denmark and its founder, the late Professor Johannes Aagaard. The DCI organizations are located in Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany and the Russian Federation.
The DCI is a federation of Dialogue Centres, and each centre is autonomous. The Dialogue Center Denmark administers the DCI website, but is not responsible for the views and actions of the other centres.
Motivated by the inalienable right to religious freedom, and inspired by the values of Christianity the DCI seeks to promote people’s freedom to make informed choices about religious, spiritual and philosophical beliefs.
The role of DCI is:
- To promote the study and understanding of World Religions as the context for understanding the New Religious Movements (NRMs)
- To provide pastoral support to members and former members of NRMs and their families according to their needs. To provide advice and information on NRMs to those affected and to the media.
- To provide information and educational service to schools, vocational groups and other educational and governmental establishments. Rather than warn or raise fears, our strategy is to inform and empower people making enquiries.
Another important dimension of the DCI is the concept of dialogue. The DCI tries to have a positive, open dialogue with everyone that the DCI is involved with, in spite of our different creeds. We are all children of the same God and concerned with seeking the truth. But DCI believes that a religious dialogue cannot be a polite, evasive cocktail party sort of discussion that avoids conflict and confrontation. The main purpose of dialogue is the search for Truth, and if this requires the confrontation of ideas between the partners of dialogue, so be it. Therefore the motto of the DCI is Dialogue in confrontation.
The DCI is critical of those who spiritually abuse "seekers," whether the abuse occurs in a Christian context or in the other World Religions. The DCI is also critical of those who promise secret hidden knowledge to the unsuspecting clients of a wide variety of ‘New Age Spirituality.’ When people are hurt or confused by such groups the DCI tries to care for these people, yet gives them the space to find spiritual freedom. The DCI tries to minimize the damage done to persons by using the best academic research, psychological insights and by empathetic listening.
Creeds and Deeds:
DCI believes you cannot really understand the “implications” of involvement with a particular NRM - “deeds” without looking at the “creeds.” The creeds are the key that help us unlock and understand the effects that flow from the world views and belief systems which are spawned by them.
In conclusion the DCI attempts to be the international focal point for the individual countries that make up the DCI network. Each group works nationally to further the aims of the DCI and we cooperate whenever possible to advance our mission internationally.