The Role of Multi-religious Cooperation in Social Cohesion and Human Security

European Council of Religious Leaders Special Symposium

 

Tuesday 8th May 2018 8:30– 12:30

Fortuna Boat Hotel, H-1137 Budapest, Szent István Park, Alsó Rakpart. Budapest, Hungary

It is evident that the changing political, social and demographic dynamics in contemporary Europe present some of the biggest challenges for a generation to European citizens, communities and governments. Arguably the most pressing problems are: increased migration across continents; the rise of popular nationalism and associated; xenophobia, economic inequities and social exclusion; and the rise of religious extremism. More religion specific issues which are also of great importance include the freedom of religious practice and belief, and role of religion in the public space and discourse. Many of these challenges present a substantial threat to social and community cohesion; have significant implications for human security; as well as an apparent ethical/religious/spiritual dimension.

Religions role in many of these challenges is often ambiguous: for example it is often implicated in extremism and violence, but is also a vital positive resource in welcoming the increasing numbers of migrants into European community. However, as a result of the increased relevance of religion to many of the contemporary problems (both in a positive and negative sense), pan-European institutions and organisations, and national governments, increasing expect, and sometimes demand, a response from religious leaders and communities.

In recognition of the important role religion can and should play in tackling many of these contemporary challenges, this special symposium hosted by the European Council of Religious Leaders will examine and report on the role of multi-religious cooperation in enhancing community cohesion and human security. Drawing on the wisdom of some of Europe’s senior religious leaders, experts and academics in the field, as well as real-life examples from several European countries, this symposium will explore how religion might support and enhance efforts to break down negative stereotypes, create unanimity where deep division currently exists, and contributing to safe, peaceful and cohesive societies and communities in Europe today.

Location

Fortuna Boat Hotel

Fortuna Boat Hotel,
H-1137 Budapest,
Szent István Park, Alsó Rakpart.
Budapest, Hungary
Fortuna Boat Hotel,
H-1137 Budapest,
Szent István Park, Alsó Rakpart.
Budapest, Hungary