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DialoguePerspectives. Discussing Religions and Worldviews is a programme of the Leo Baeck Foundation, dedicated to the development and establishment of new and innovative forms of interfaith-worldview dialogue. Its mission is to meaningfully contribute to European understanding and collaboration, to the strengthening and defence of European civil society, and to the shaping of a pluralistic and democratic Europe grounded in the principle of solidarity.

Since 2015, more than 200 students and doctoral candidates of diverse religious and worldview orientations have come together through the programme. With the support of the Federal Foreign Office, the program has been extended to a European platform for training future leaders in academia, culture, politics, and business to become experts in a new, societally-oriented interfaith-worldview dialogue.

The participants reflect the religious, political, and societal plurality of European society. They incorporate their diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a fertile ground for exchange, finding an urgently necessary space for encounter, exchange, and dialogue at DialoguePerspectives.


DialoguePerspectives | Podcast – Episode 2

We are delighted to release the second episode of our new “DialoguePerspectives | Podcast” today! In our series “(Re-)Shaping Europe”, our participant İrem Çörekçi outlines the conflicts surrounding Turkey’s withdrawal from the İstanbul Convention on the comprehensive protection of women against all forms of violence. She deconstructs the narrative of a “Western” agreement imposed on […]

DialoguePerspectives | Podcast

We are delighted to introduce our latest project: The DialoguePerspectives | Podcast offers a platform for European discourses at the intersections of religion, worldview, politics and society. We will present and discuss the diverse voices and perspectives of discourse-shaping intellectuals, artists, academics and activists from all over Europe. The new series (Re-)Shaping Europe is entirely […]

Find a person you can learn from

DialoguePerspectives project manager Rachel de Boor was invited for a new episode of the podcast “Shabbat Shalom” by Radio Paradiso about 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany.  In her contribution, she talks about the experiences she has gained in different dialogue formats and asks whether we can learn a lot especially from the people […]

Call for Application: Dialogueperspectives 2021/22

Seize the chance to shape the shared life of different religious communities in Europe,and our shared European society! You are a student or doctoral candidate in the European Union or the UK? You are active in the campus life, your religious community, or in civil society organisations and institutions?You are interested in questions about the […]

Retrospective: International Conference 2021

Our 2020/21 DialoguePerspectives programme year, the first one as a European project funded by the Federal Foreign Office, came to an end with our International Conference (17-20 June). The Conference, as was the Spring Seminar, was held in the digital realm, but nevertheless offered space for reflection, discussion, networking and trustful exchange. Over the course […]

Going Beyond: The Relevance of Dialogue between Worldviews for the Non-Religious

By Svea M. Schnaars, Bremerhaven (Germany) Transcendence – a word, frequently used in theology, carrying the general meaning of “going beyond“. In a divine sense it can mean “going beyond” worldly restrictions, or, by interpreting transcendence in personal sense, it can mean “going beyond” oneself. While the spirituality of transcendence has never been part of […]
˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.

Felix, DialoguePerspectives participant