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.
Where? Litomysl, Czech Republic, YMCA Europe Training Centre, Litomysl
Why? To have fruitful encounters of opinions, create mutual respect and understanding.
How? Apply through this form before the 15th of August 2015.
Participation fee: 120€ (If you have any difficulty funding your attendance, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org). If you need tips on fundraising for your travel or participation fee, please read our Fundraising Pack.
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.
** Please note that at WSCF Europe events, generally, only vegetarian food is served. For an outline of the rationale behind this decision, please see here.