Religion & Politics conference in Czech Republic!

July 13th, 2015 12:41 pm


Dear participant,

This website section is for participants of the WSCF-E and EUJS joint conference “Religion and Politics: Democracy and Moral Values in Multicultural Europe Today”.

Here you will find all the necessary information for your participation in the conference.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on !



Please read the ‘Travel instructions’ carefully and follow the instructions indicated to reach the venue without problems.

Check if the current information is up to date and if there might be any changes. You are responsible for your own travels.

We look forward to meeting you and spending 5 interesting conference days with you.

Best wishes! See you on Saturday, 17 October 2015!

– The Preparatory Committee


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What is this conference about?

In many European countries policies are being discussed which if put into law will affect people’s religious and cultural practices. These controversial subjects represent wider moral debates and should therefore only be discussed on a basis of mutual respect. Examples of such contentious issues are: school prayers, ritual slaughter, sex education in public schools, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage and religious symbols in public institutions.

How does religion fit in a changing secular and multicultural Europe and what are the limits of freedom of religion?

During a five-day programme of workshops, lectures, and small group discussions we will build a platform upon which to discuss these controversial topics.

What? A joint conference on religion and politics in Europe run by WSCF-E and EUJS.
When? 17th* – 23rd October 2015.
WhereLitomysl, Czech Republic, YMCA Europe Training Centre, Litomysl
Why? To have fruitful encounters of opinions, create mutual respect and understanding.
How? Apply through this form by September 10, 2015.

Participation fee: 120€  (If you have any difficulty funding your attendance, please contact us at:

The organizers will do their best to accommodate all religious/spiritual requirements communicated by participants in advance.

We do not know whether, if we enjoyed perfect understanding, we would discover uniquely correct resolutions to problems of incompatible [moral] values […] But we should be able to recognize that all of us lack that kind of understanding at present.

– Gutmann & Thompson (1996) in Democracy and Disagreement

* Arrival date will be the 17th of October, the actual program starts the 18th. For participants who observe shabbat, a shabbat program will be available from the 16th.

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