Inspiring Dialogue Sessions: House of Religions - Dialogue of Cultures

With the aim of learning about good practices in the field of dialogue and Jewish culture, the AEPJ invites you to be inspired by some of the leading organisations in this field. From now until the beginning of the festival on the first Sunday of September, we will offer you a series of free talks in which we will learn how to do dialogue in depth and with impact.

In this second session of Inspiring Dialogue, which will be held online on Thursday June 17th at 16h CET, you will have the opportunity to learn about the work of House of Religions - Dialogue of Cultures. The House of Religions - Dialogue of Cultures is unique in the world as a place that unifies eight religious communities as well as a space dedicated to the dialogue under one roof.

Since its opening in December 2014, the House of Religions at Europaplatz in Bern welcomes five religious communities that hitherto had no dignified premises. Thus Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Alevis and Buddhists have found their own sanctuary and keep learning to live together. Three other religious communities - Jews, Baha'i and Sikhs - take part in the program by groups of dialogue.

The heart of the house is the dialogue area, which is dedicated to educational services, activities for families and young people, exhibitions, lectures and round tables. A variety of cultural activities and culinary events organised by the Vanakam Restaurant complete the programme.

Their goal is to reach more than just the peaceful coexistence. As a laboratory of living together they invite all interested people - religious or not - to experience and maintain a dialogue beyond the frontiers of religion, language and culture.

In this session we will meet Brigitta Rotach, responsible for the cultural program in the dialogue sector of the House of Religions and Zeinab Ahmadi, responsible for the educational programs.

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