This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 06 / July 2009
Mortal, where are you?
Kirchentag, Bremen - image: Elaine Rudolphi
Five days, more than 2500 events, 100.000 fulltime visitors, 30.000 active participants – and the Jesuits and their collegues equally present with a stand. This is the German Protestant Kirchentag which takes place every two years. The Kirchentag is a platform for intensive discussion, a forum for critical debate about urgent issues touching faith and justice. Continue reading
This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 02 / July 2008
Christian organisations in the public forum
Paraphrasing Max Weber we can accept the statement that Christianity is on the whole an inner-worldly and eschatological religion. Its worldview promises a better future while challenging important features of the present. Sometimes this posture will be called progressive, sometimes conservative. What is not a matter of subjective appreciation is the basic position that the message should never be a conformist one. Continue reading
Requirements for a real dialogue
Seen from outside, a dialogue might often seem as something like a quarrel. One might even think that it doesn’t serve peace if somebody claims truth for his or her thinking. St. Luke describes the scribe who asked Jesus for the main commandment as somebody standing up only to test him (Luke 10,25−37).
St. Mark describes the same scene as it were from within (Mk 12,28−34), and he makes of it the model of a dialogue. The scribe wishes to know what Jesus thinks and holds for true. “Which, in your opinion, is the main commandment?” The answer of Jesus is the connection of loving God and loving the neighbour. Continue reading
Comprendre et agir dans la société multiculturelle
Comprendre et agir
Prenant acte du fait que la diversité culturelle de l’Europe ne cesse de croître, le Parlement européen et le Conseil ont décidé de promulguer l’année 2008 “Année européenne du dialogue interculturel“. Celle-ci poursuit des objectifs divers: favoriser la rencontre des cultures pour prévenir des discriminations préjudiciables au développement économique et social de l’UE, soutenir le dialogue interculturel partout où il pourrait contribuer à la construction d’un mieux “vivre ensemble” en Europe, renforcer une identité et une citoyenneté européennes, étayer la politique étrangère de l’UE etc. Continue reading