Religious pathways in Europe
Start date: Feb 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2015
The youth exchange called „Religious pathways of Europe” is being fulfilled within the action of the first Erasmus+ program. 33 participants (between 18 and 25 years old) and 4 leaders coming from 3 organizations from Poland, United Kingdom and Italy will take part in the exchange. They will be people, who are characterized by openness, creativeness and who have experience in religious life. The project was prepared for the young Europeans who feel increasingly stronger need to participate in the international dialogue. We have observed that in Europe nowadays, the distance between people of different religions, believes and citizenships is growing. The project is the answer for those people’s needs. The purposes of the project are developing and assisting in establishing an international and interreligious dialogue, European integration, making new acquaintances and getting introduced to and discovering the beauty of other cultures and religions, propagating the idea of international dialogue which is based on respect of the other person or other nation. Equally important for us is deepening our own identity as well as finding and demolishing the common tough untrue stereotypes that we have connected to both Jewish and Muslim religion. The work will be organized in a form of workshops, during which we will be covering various aspects of the figure of Abraham (as he is the one who joins all three monotheistic religions) but also the whole Jewish culture. The following workshops will be touching on fundamental values, that are common for whole humanity: freedom, dignity of human life, friendship, dialogue. The methods which we will use during the workshops will be varied, as we believe in the creativeness of the participants and we want them to show their full potential. The methods will be role playing, working with multimedia materials, talks in smaller groups, brainstorming ideas, field games. The important parts of the project will be the visit to the synagogue or mosque and the discussion with catholic bishop and either the representative of the Jewish or Muslim religion. In the long term effect, the young people participating in the project will be well accustomed to the international and intercultural dialogue which will contribute to spreading the peace among the local communities as well as in the whole Europe. During the project the distance that exists between Christians, Jews and Muslims will be broken and this will increase the participants’ openness and their will of building the future Europe together. The youth will also learn the traditional Jewish dances and they will present it to the local community during a happening.
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