Werkstatt Religions and Belief Systems
Another of WdK’s featured programmes is the workshop Religions and Belief Systems. The circle meets once a month and is open to everyone. It attracts people who, out of private or professional interest, seek an inter-faith dialogue.
Religions or belief systems form the basis of every cultural identity. Yet the lack of skilful philosophical discourse in academia and the media, reflects the lack of interest in encountering other religions and belief systems, unless of course they are presented in a generalised or stereotypical fashion.
The aim of this workshop is not to be an elite club of philosophers who meet once a month, but to enable, open up and promote direct dialogues between different religions and belief systems outside an academic or religious institution.
The WdK recognises the significance of inter-faith and inter-philosophical discourse and seeks to offer a platform for it to continue. The circle of people making up the workshop come from a wide and impressive range of backgrounds, from Judaism, Protestantism, Catholicism, Sufism, Serb-Orthodox Christianity, Sunni Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Baha’ism to Neo-paganism and secular Humanity. At a time where dangerous oversimplification of other religions and belief systems is widespread, we welcome the inspirational effort by this circle of philosophers to come together and reinvigorate the art of deep inquiry into the nature of man’s existence.
Every year, a prominent part of the circle’s effort involves offering further education to teachers and journalists or anyone involved in the educational process, giving them tools to go back to the classroom. Topics such as “Dignity“, “Religious Fanaticism“ or “Growing Up“ are looked at from the different backgrounds of attendees. Every year around 150 teachers register to enjoy the seminar.