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2019

Global Exchange on Religion in Society – Brussels

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Global Exchange on Religion in Society

On 6 September 2019, SABS Chairman joined a diverse crowd of 150 representatives of civil society, governments and religious institutions gathered in Brussels for the launch of the initiative. Participants discussed different experiences of religious engagement from across the world, to better understand how the new Global Exchange can complement and interact with existing initiatives.

Ms Federica Mogherini announced a new EU-sponsored ‘Global Exchange on Religion in Society’, which should be operational in the first half of 2020: the goal is to connect and empower civil society actors who are working on faith and social inclusion. In her opening speech, Federica Mogherini said: “Religion has to be part of the solution. But most importantly, I believe in so many places around the world religion is already part of the solution. In all continents, there are people of faith who have chosen the path of respect and coexistence. Not in spite of their faith, but because of their faith.” Read the full speech: click here

What is the Global Exchange on Religion in Society?

The ‘Global Exchange on Religion in Society’ will connect civil society practitioners inside and outside Europe, allowing them to learn from each other, explore partnerships, acquire new skills, and to scale-up positive experiences of coexistence among people of different faiths in pluralistic societies. Launching the initiative, Federica Mogherini explained: “It is a kind of Erasmus for civil society actors and activists who are working on faith and social inclusion.”

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