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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.


Do Inclusion and Acceptance Stand a Chance?

By Santhi Corcoran, Limerick, Ireland I started my professional career not in academia but in healthcare and worked in the sector for over 20 years in the United Kingdom. During my time as a clinician, my area of specialist interest was in the physiological and psychological health and well-being of Migrants, Refugees, and members of Asylum-Seeking communities. I […]

A Bulgarian-Orthodox View of Christmas

The last Christmas and New Year’s festivities were clearly one of the most extraordinary ones in recent history. Countless families were forced to limit their usual gatherings and celebrate physically apart due to coronavirus and thus had to search for alternative forms of celebration, e.g. by relying on digital tools. What’s more, many churches drastically […]

The Hajj, Modern Media and Pandemics in the 1920s

2020 has been an extraordinary year in many ways – also for Muslim pilgrims as this year’s hajj was cancelled for most of them. As we all know, pandemic outbreaks are nothing new in history. How then did hajj organizers deal with these risks in the past? Rukayyah Reichling, one of our Dialogueperspectives participants, took a closer […]

Introducing: This Is Us – Insights from our participants

Over 70 students and PhD candidates from seventeen European countries are participating in the 2020/21 academic year’s DialoguePerspectives-Programme. With their manifold backgrounds, our participants reflect the religious, political, and societal diversity of European societies. In our new blogpost-series, our participants share their personal approaches towards their various fields of engagement with the wider public, for […]

Retrospective: First DialoguePerspectives Check-in

It`s been time for a check-in! So much has happened since our Fall Seminar ended – which is why we organized the first DialoguePerspectives check-in session of this programme year with our current participants. If there is one positive lesson that we can draw from this challenging COVID-19 period, then perhaps this one: we, like […]

Retrospective: Autumn Seminar 2020

Challenging Europe – Challenges of Europe! The first seminar of this year’s DialoguePerspectives programme took place from 7 to 11 October – an incredible start to our first year as a European programme.  Over 70 inspiring and highly committed students and doctoral candidates from across Europe came together, both in Weimar, Germany and online, to […]
˝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