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DialoguePerspectives.
Discussing
Religions
and Worldviews

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.

Blog

Our Participant Arkadij Khaet discusses his movie “Mazel Tov Cocktail”

Arkadij Khaet’s half-hour film “Masel Tov Cocktail” premiered in 2020 at the Max Ophüls Film Festival in Germany and since then been screened in Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. Besides all the festivals that have featured the film and awards it has won (e.g. the Civis Media Prize, considered to be one […]

Religion (un)changed? How biography influences religiosity

By Liz Lambert, Luxembourg/Bremen (Germany) Growing up in Luxembourg, religion had hardly played a role in my life. Although I was baptised because my grandmother wanted me to be, I was by no means brought up in a religious manner – neither in my family nor at school. Religion as a set of beliefs and […]

Out Now: Our Manual for Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in German: „Und endlich konnten wir reden..“

The manual for Jewish-Muslim dialogue in German: „Und endlich konnten wir reden..“ (“Finally, we were able to talk..“) was published on December 7th 2020 (Herder Publishing). In concise 140 pages the book combines theoretical approaches with practical strategies for implementing Jewish-Muslim dialogue formats, handling and utilising disagreements in a productive manner and proposing a step-by-step […]

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 […]
˝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