Interested in the emerging European Network on Religion & Belief? You’re in excellent company.
People from over 30 organisations met at LBFN’s Interfaith Week event at Europe House yesterday. Those who stayed on to network were pleased to meet Michael Shackleton, Head of the European Parliament Information Office, who was showing a visitor a striking portrait of Churchill.
Suggestions for the new network and launch next year include:
- local-to-local links
- tackle racial and religious hatred
- marketplace so that Europe-based groups can find each other
- improve the competence of government institutions in dealing with religion & belief (explanation of terms)
- model effective ways of bringing people of different traditions together
- involve young people & youth groups
- promote effective education on religion & belief
- ensure a proper space for women
- facilitate conversations between social justice work and academic & theological research
- concern about the far right
- acknowledge complexity and the different historical contexts across Europe
- celebrate the wide variety of religion & belief traditions in Europe today
- a convivial evening event at the launch, bringing together people of all faiths and none