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Call for applications. 2021 Call for Research Fellowships

July 29, 2021

FSCIRE invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships for its Bologna and Palermo centres.

 

Fellowships are established in accordance with requirements defined by the policy of FSCIRE, its agreements with the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna, the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research, and its donors.

Candidates may thereby apply for one of the following positions:

  • Junior Research Fellow (2 years, renewable). Applicants must have obtained their doctorate within the last five years. The successful candidate will sign a research contract for two years, equivalent to the Italian “Assegno di ricerca junior” (which amounts to a monthly net sum of about € 1,400). The contract defines a research programme in accordance with the research lines of FSCIRE.

  • Senior Research Fellow (2 years, renewable). The Applicant’s doctoral thesis must have already been published. The successful candidate will sign a research contract for two years, equivalent to the Italian “Assegno di ricerca senior” (which amounts to a monthly net sum of about € 1,650). The contract defines a research programme in accordance with the research lines of FSCIRE.

 

Applications should be sent by August 22nd, 2021 to:

Read the call in full for more information on the fellowship, how to apply, and the evaluation process.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series. Episode 5

July 20, 2021

The sixth and last episode of the series, under the title A Digital Revolution? Ethical Implications and Interreligious Engagement, is going on take place on July 28, 2021, 15:00 CEST.

 

World economies are now looking to move out of the pandemic crisis. Most are deploying strategies and initiatives to reignite growth, with vaccination programs playing a major part in these efforts. As outlined by the Italian chairmanship of this year’s G20, “The digital revolution represents a fundamental tool to achieve prosperity and better quality of life.” Our concluding panel will look at current developments with a particular focus on interreligious engagement in the area of emerging digital technologies and artificial intelligence.

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series. Episode 5

July 9, 2021

The fifth episode of the series, under the title Interfaith Initiatives to Achieve the Agenda 2030 Environmental Goals, is going on take place on July 14, 2021, 15:00 CEST.

 

Most faith teach their members to be good stewards of the environment. Following up on the earlier webinar on faith and environmental stewardship, this episode will focus on concrete interfaith initiatives that have raised awareness, influenced policy and inspired to do good..

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

RESILIENCE Roadmap ESFRI

July 1, 2021

On June 30th, 2021, the ESFRI Forum included RESILIENCE in the Research Infrastructure Roadmap 2021. This means that RESILIENCE will take its place in the strategic Research Infrastructures for the European Research Area and that it can work on the further development of the Research Infrastructure for Religious Studies.

 

The first initiatives to build a Research Infrastructure date back to 2016, which finally led to the launch of RESILIENCE in September 2019. RESILIENCE has since worked on the design of a sustainable European infrastructure for all Religious Studies. This design has now proven to be mature and was successfully evaluated by the ESFRI forum, allowing RESILIENCE to take its place in the strategic Research Infrastructures for the European Research Area.

 

Characteristic in the infrastructure design is that it includes physical as well as digital access to knowledge about religion. Via this infrastructure, academics who are working in the broad field of Religious Studies will be supported in many ways: they will be able, among other things, to access more resources, to enhance their digital skills, to participate in projects, to promote their research, and to build a professional network. Also other professionals, such as those working in galleries, libraries, archives and museums, policy makers, and representatives of religious communities can benefit from the knowledge offered by RESILIENCE.
The placement in the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 assures that the 13 consortium partners, coordinated by the Italian research institution FSCIRE, take the next step. This next step will be the development of the preparation phase, such as ensuring the finances and distribution of tasks among the partners. The new Research Infrastructure is intended to support its users for at least 34 years.
The news of the ESFRI decision was received with great joy and gratitude by FSCIRE and all the consortium partners. All institutions are grateful to the national ministries and delegates for their support.

 

Download the press release here.

IV International IQSA Conference. Qur'an in contact

July 2, 2021

The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is delighted to announce the program of its fourth international conference, Qur’an in contact: Plurality of views from other traditions, disciplines and peripheries.

 

This hybrid conference will be held virtually and in person from July 4-11, 2021, hosted by the “Giorgio La Pira” Library (Palermo, Italy)

 

At the moment of their registration, participants will be asked if they are planning to attend the event in presence. The number of spots available is limited, so make sure you note your interest!

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit Webinar Series. Episode 4

June 28, 2021

The fourth episode of the series, under the title Freedom of Religion or Belief to Promote Peace, Justice & Stronger Societies, is going on take place on June 30, 2021, 15:00 CEST.

 

As Jan Figel', former European Commission’s Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, used to say, “Freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is a litmus test of civil and political rights.” The correlation between FoRB, peace, and prosperity has been clearly demonstrated. Invited experts from academia, governments and multilateral organizations, churches, religious groups and civil society will discuss how FoRB can help tackle inequality, build a more inclusive global society, protect the most vulnerable, support the economy, promote women’s empowerment, ensure universal access to education.

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

Research news from Münster

June 21, 2021

Find out the latest research news from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster:

 

International survey on identity conflicts in Europe

International survey by Cluster of Excellence reveals division of European societies into two entrenched camps of substantial size – In Germany, one third hold opposing positions on national belonging, threat, disadvantage – “Politics should not take one side: positions should be traced back to their respective functional core, compromises sought, polarization stopped” – Most comprehensive survey on identity conflicts in Europe to date.

Read the full article here.

 

Sociologist Marc Helbling new Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor

During stay at Cluster of Excellence, Helbling to work on Islamophobia and right-wing extremism – Lecture on 8 June on Islamophobia in Western Europe

Read the full article here.

 

Hass (hate) comes from hetzen (to hound): the history of an emotion

Literary scholar sees escalation of language in public discussion over last ten years – research project on politicizations and instrumentalizations in past and present literature – history of language shows connection between Hass (hate) and hetzen (to hound) – Episode 6 of the Cluster of Excellence’s research podcast “Religion and Politics”

Read the full article here.

 

“Remembering is an integral part of Jewish life”

Cluster of Excellence’s new research podcast “Belonging or Excluded?” sheds light on 1,700 years of Jewish life – Researchers from Jewish Studies, History and Theology use pictures, manuscripts and photos to report on the everyday and religious life of Jews, as well as on their exclusion and persecution – Podcast as part of the year of celebration “2021: Jewish Life in Germany"

Read the full article here.

 

“It’s not enough to dismiss conspiracy theorists as ‘crackpots’”

International study by psychologists and political scientists explores the spread, causes and effects of conspiracy theories in Germany, Poland, Jordan – Belief in conspiracies more common in societies shaped by higher religiosity – Also more common in countries that have actually experienced conspiracies – Scepticism towards minorities and institutions is ubiquitous – Episode 7 of “Religion and Politics” research podcast

Read the full article here.

 

Fashion victims on board Sebastian Brant’s Ship of Fools

Moral satire about human foolishness still encourages self-knowledge 500 years after the author’s death – woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer allow us to see parallels to the graphic novel – also deals with hostility to science at a time when printing was invented – episode 5 of the Cluster of Excellence’s research podcast “Religion and Politics”

Read the full article here.

Righteousness in Early Modern Christianity. Voices, Fruits & Failures

June 16, 2021

Righteousness is a verb not a noun. This became apparent in the theological and philosophical debates in Early Modern Christianity as well as in socio-political, legal and economical discussions during that time. These two spheres of debate were closely connected in theory and in practice. Different views on a  righteous God and a righteous society resulted in debates, turmoil, plans and projects that are reflected in art and literature.

 

The Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC), in cooperation with FSCIRE and the Coram Deo Program, announce the program of the international conference 'Righteousness in Early Modern Christianity. Voices, Fruits & Failures', to be held in Bologna, September 15-17, 2021.

Sixteen speakers from all around the world will explore how the issue of righteousness was dealt with in Early Modern Christianity as a period that brought about immense and long-lasting changes and brought forth inspiring individuals with innovative ideas.

Find out more here.

What Does Theology Do, Actually?

June 14, 2021

How and why scholars study the Bible varies, not only across confessional or cultural contexts, but across institutional-academic contexts. The symposium What Does Theology Do, Actually? will not seek to resolve this ambiguity, but will approach it diagonally: experts in research on the Bible at early and advanced career stages, and from diverse socio-cultural and institutional contexts will discuss fundamental questions about the interrelations of contexts, institutions, and knowledge production in the fields of exegesis.

The symposium will be held as a digital event and hosted by the University of Bonn on Friday, July 9th, 09:00-18:30, and on Saturday, July 10th, 09:00-13:20.

Find out more here or contact Dr. Matthew Ryan Robinson, Dr. Drew Davis, and Dr. Daniel Lanzinger at: wdtd@uni-bonn.de.

Registration to the event is required but free.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: June Issue

June 12, 2021

The IF20 and FSCIRE announce a series of upcoming events to keep in mind, with their new monthly appointment.

 

And if you didn't have the chance to join the last webinars, the summaries are now online:

Stay tuned!

 

 

REFORC. A Workshop for Scholars

June 9, 2021

The Babeș-Bolyai University together with REFORC and the Long Reformation in Eastern Europe (1500–1800) Research Team organizes the workshop New Chances for Research on Early Modern Christianity, October 7-8, 2021, that seeks to present and discuss new projects, new possibilities for cooperation and new initiatives to support junior and senior researchers, universities, and libraries.

Individual research can usually be improved significantly if it gains support from the joint efforts of a teamwork. Yet, teamwork itself and its benefits often originate from informal networks, groups and clusters beyond the formal support of institutions, but brought together temporarily and driven by similar quests and scholarly curiosity.

The workshop in Cluj will present the many possibilities offered by the Reformation Research Consortium (REFORC) in stimulating and facilitating these collaborations.

If you are interested in attending our workshop, you are invited to apply by April 15,
2021 via https://www.reforc.com/new-chances/.

More information is available here.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series. Episode 3

June 1, 2021

The third episode of the series, under the title G20 as a Driver to Reduce Poverty and Reignite Growth, is going on take place on June 9, 2021, 15:00 CEST.


At the time of the Covid-19 outbreak of last year, many hoped that social and business restrictions would last a few days or weeks. A year later, the world is mourning the loss of millions of lives while still facing the economic and social effects of the pandemic. With vaccination programs now underway, it is time to implement strategies to address poverty and reignite growth. Reducing poverty has often been a core tenet of most faiths and beliefs. In recent years, studies have shown the positive correlation of freedom of religion or belief and economic growth and prosperity. Our speakers will discuss how religious communities can be a valuable resource due to their extensive experience “on the ground.

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

 

Online book presentation

May 20, 2021

On Friday, May 28, 3 pm (CEST) FSCIRE organizes an online discussion on the recently published book Friday Fish. Fasting and Christianity.

The author, Claudio Ferlan (FBK-ISIG) will explore the topic with Federico Ruozzi (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia/FSCIRE).

The meeting, which is organised in the framework of PluReS (Master's Degree in Religious Pluralism and Historical Knowledge) will be held in Italian. If you are interested in participating please write to segreteria@fscire.it.

Call for application. ReIReS School on the Use and Study of Special Documents

May 20, 2021

The call for applications for the ReIReS School on the Use and Study of Special Documents is still open!

 

The School will be hosted online by the University of Hamburg, June 15-17, 2021

 

The School will pay special attention to Jewish manuscripts. The Institute of Jewish Philosophy and Religion together with the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies offer to the starting community a well ruled system of hosting scholars and researchers as well as open access to several tools and facilities in the field of Jewish Studies. We will learn about the research infrastructure at Hamburg, gaining insight to the work of different institutions such as the Institute for the History of the German Jews, the Academy of World Religions and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC). At the CSMC we will be given the chance to visit the manuscripts labs and learn about different technologies applied to current case studies.

 

The Course is open to scholars and others affiliated with ReIReS-partners, and to max. 5 attendants from outside the consortium. Attendants from outside the consortium will pay a fee of € 150,00.

To know more about the program of the School and the call (deadline: June 1, 2021), please visit the ReIReS website.

 

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: May Issue

May 12, 2021

As the IF20 Forum approaches, more and more preparatory meetings and thematic webinars take place.

The IF20 and FSCIRE are pleased to share the results of the activities held over the last month:

  • the joint IF20-ACLARS webinar on the role of faith based communities in the African COVID-19 response and vaccination effort, which took place on April 20th and April 27th;

  • the webinar Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities, organised by the IF20 working group on Research and Innovation for Science, Technology and Infrastructure on May 5th;

  • the first episode of the webinar series Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit, which was held on May 6th and was devoted to the topic of (Re-)Building a Post-Covid Society pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals.

The summaries of the meetings are also available in Italian at the FSCIRE website.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series. Episode 2

May 12, 2021

The second episode of the series, under the title The Gift of Our World: Faith and Environmental Stewardship, is going on take place on May 19, 2021, 15:00 CEST.


For people of faith, our planet is a gift from God. It is our home as we travel through our own life’s journey. As such, it deserves to be respected and cared for. Unfortunately, society has downplayed these simple truths to the advantage of other goals or priorities for too long and now the Earth is asking for our attention. This webinar will explore the religious dimension of environmental stewardship as well as existing initiatives that advocate for a more environmentally responsible economy.

 

All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

Research news from Münster

May 12, 2021

Find out the latest research news from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster:

 

Protestant parliamentarians not predominantly left-wing

According to researchers, a long-term perspective shows that Protestant parliamentarians cover the entire political spectrum and are by no means predominantly left-wing. “The cliché of the bearded clergyman at anti-nuclear demonstrations, for example, is in need of revision. Although party affiliation has moved a little towards a more social-democratic and green outlook during the past 170 years, it would be going too far to speak of a red-green turn in the spirit of 1968”, explain social ethicist Arnulf von Scheliha and theologian Uta Elisabeth Hohmann, who are researching the parliamentary activities of Protestant theologians from the 19th century to the present day.

Read the full article here.

 

Cluster of Excellence’s new research podcast “Belonging or Excluded?” sheds light on 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany

According to Jewish scholars, remembering one’s own history, as is the case in the nationwide year of celebration “1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany”, has always been an integral part of Jewish life. “Jewish culture has always had a close relationship with its own history, and not only since the Shoah, and is strongly defined by its collective memory”, say Jewish scholars Regina Grundmann and Katrin Kogman-Appel from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. They were speaking at the start of the Cluster podcast series “Belonging or Excluded? 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany”.

Read the full article here.

 

“A database for the future” - Religious scholar Perry Schmidt-Leukel on the late Swiss theologian Hans Küng

Not only a critic of the pope and the church: the religious scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel pays tribute in an article to the work of the well-known Swiss theologian Hans Küng to mark his death on 6 April. Küng was concerned above all with “what is actually still credible about the Christian faith today”. He also created “foundations for dialogue between the world’s religions that are far from being exhausted today”.

Read the full article here.

 

“Not only at Easter: all religions are concerned with life after death”

According to scholars, ideas of life after death, as Christians celebrate at Easter in their belief in the resurrection, shape many religions. “Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists have also developed diverse concepts of the afterlife – as an answer to the great human question: Is there something after death? And, if so, what?”, says the religious studies scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.

 

Research project on radicalisation among Muslims acquired

As part of its funding line “Social Causes and Effects of Radical Islam in Germany and Europe”, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has awarded €1.46 million to Mouhanad Khorchide (Islamic Religious Education), Detlef Pollack and Olaf Müller (Sociology of Religion), and Levent Tezcan (Social Science Research on Islam in 20th- and 21st-century Europe) to pursue their research project “Resentment as the affective foundations of radicalization”.

Read the full article here.

 

“Mount Olympus: populated by gods, but devoid of humans”

On Mount Olympus: according to Greek mythology, the celebrated mountain massif was populated by gods; according to archaeologists, though, it was in real life almost entirely devoid of humans for thousands of years. “The highest mountain in the country has thus been from antiquity to the present day a site for the projection of an unusually large number of human imaginings and appropriations – religious, political, pop-cultural”, says archaeologist Achim Lichtenberger from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.

 

First episode of the “Religion and Politics” podcast – survey on corona and social cohesion

Despite the Corona pandemic and restrictions on contact, people in Germany are continuing to show solidarity and togetherness, according to a survey by the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. In the non-representative online survey from July 2020 to January 2021, 63% of the good 2,300 respondents say that they show more solidarity and helpfulness in their everyday lives during the pandemic. Also, 45% feel more (and only 17% less) connected to their fellow human beings despite the restrictions on physical contact, as political scientist Carolin Hillenbrand from the Cluster of Excellence explains in the new Cluster podcast “Religion and Politics” (in German).

Read the full article here.

Call for Papers. The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity

April 30, 2021

January 26th-28th 2022, the conference The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity. Voices & Fruits will be held in Rome. The organizers, Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, and REFORC, welcome paper proposals on related topics.

The conference centers around two main topics: voices and fruits and concentrates geographically on Italy, Northwest Germany and The Netherlands.

The conference is interdisciplinary and comparative regarding various geographical and confessional positions. Papers may be in English, German or Italian. Publication of the proceedings of the conference is intended.

Applications are welcome before June 1, 2021. For application go here.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series

April 30, 2021

The Baha’i International Community, the European Evangelical Alliance, the European Platform Against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, the King Hamad Chair for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peaceful Co-existence at the Sapienza University of Rome, the Study Center and Magazine Confronti, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - European Union & International Affairs Office, the University of Siena, and the World Faith Development Dialogue, in cooperation with the G20 Interfaith Forum Association and FSCIRE, are organising the webinar series Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit.

The series will touch on the main themes of this year's G20 Summit that will take place in Rome, October 30-31. The overall objective of the webinar series is to bring together government and religious leaders, experts and officials from multilateral organizations, civil society, and academic institutions to share knowledge and inform on current issues, trends and initiatives addressing the contribution of faith and religious organizations in achieving the priorities set by the Italian chairmanship of this year’s G20 Summit: people, planet, prosperity. Each priority will be further discussed looking at the contribution of religion as a builder of social capital, and the many ways religious communities and institutions contribute across the entire spectrum of society. A final report highlighting the main ideas and outcomes from each of the webinars will be published at the end of the series.

The first episode of the series, under the title (Re-)Building a Post-Covid Society pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, is going on take place on May 6, 2021, 15:00 CEST. All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

 

REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

April 26, 2021

From May 6 to May 8, 2021, the Research Centre for the Humanities in Budapest will host the Tenth Annual REFORC conference on Early Modern Christianity.

 

The conference will explore three major thematic perspectives in the plenary lectures:

Long Reformation and Historical Writing;

Social History and the Benefits of Long Reformation;

Multimediality and Fine Arts.

Plenary speakers are Gabriella Gilány (Budapest), James Kelly (Durham), Erica Kiss (Budapest), Volker Leppin (Tübingen), Alec Ryrie (Durham),  Zsombor Tóth (Budapest), and Anna Vind (Copenhagen).

The conference will take place as a hybrid event: it can be attended both in-person and virtually. You can indicate your preference in the registration form. If you have already registered, we will ask you about your preference. Registration closes on May 5, 2021.

International Qur’anic Studies Association: Call for Papers

April 1, 2021

The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is happy to announce its fourth international conference from July 4-11, 2021, hosted by the “Giorgio La Pira” Library (Palermo, Italy). The conference will welcome papers on any topic within the range of the interests of the Qur’anic text encouraging in particular papers that will explore the theme Qur’an in contact: Plurality of views from other traditions, disciplines and peripheries.

 

The Palermo IQSA Conference Committee welcomes proposals of single papers as well as panels that gather selected speakers invited by the proponent to present on a specific topic.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their abstracts to the attention of Dr. Alba Fedeli at iqsa2021@fscire.it, by April 23, 2021. The organizing committee will send a notification of acceptance for abstracts on May 16, 2021.

Read the call for papers in full here.

JDR Special Issue: Vulnerability and Power

March 3, 2021

The EuARe is pleased to share the news of the recent publishing of the volume: Vulnerability and Religion.

 

A special issue of the Journal of Disability and Religion, the volume collects the contributions originally planned for the panel Theologies of disability: the power of vulnerability to be held at the EuARe conference 2020.

The editorial for this issue is available in open access here.

Congratulations to our fellow colleagues!

Call for applications. Fscire PhD Programme 2021-2024

February 15, 2021

Fscire is offering three posts, of which at least one with a scholarship, in the fields of the history of religions, exegesis, and theology for the three-year PhD course (2021-2024) at the «Giuseppe Alberigo» European School for Advanced Religious Studies.

 

The call is open to candidates of any nationality holding a Master’s degree – or equivalent advanced degree qualificationr ecognised by the Italian academic system – in fields relating to the subjects of the specialisation course and obtained before 30 September 2021.

 

Candidates, less than 26 years of age as of 1 October 2021, may apply for the scholarship.

 

The application and all additional documents must be sent or delivered by hand to the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School’s secretariat (via San Vitale 114, 40125 Bologna, Italy) by 31 May 2021. The postmark or courier service stamp will serve as proof of the date of dispatch. Applicants are strongly advised to send an electronic copy of their application form and all additional documents in .pdf format (email address: altascuola@fscire.it), in addition to the hard copy which must, however, reach the School’s secretariat before the deadline indicated.

 

For more information please visit the section of the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School for Advanced Religious Studies at this link.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: A Time to Heal

February 12, 2021

From September 12 to September 14, Bologna and Fscire will host the 2021 edition of the G20 Interfaith Forum, a network of institutions linked through religions that contribute ideas and recommendations in response to global issues.

 

The central theme around which the activities and discussions of IF20 2021 will converge is A Time to Heal. Peace Among Cultures, Understanding Between Religions, inspired by a biblical verse from Ecclesiastes.

In this video, Alberto Melloni, Secretary of Fscire and Chairman of the Italian Organising Committee, and Susanna Mancini, professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna School of Law, introduce the Forum and its topic.

To know more about the G20 Interfaith Forum, visit www.g20interfaith.org.

More information about the programme of the Forum and how to participate and will follow: stay tuned!

FSCIRE to host the G20 Interfaith Forum in 2021

December 2, 2020

In 2021, Italy will host the G20 Summit. In the run-up to the Summit, the Presidency will host several meetings featuring ministers, senior government officials as well as civil society representatives. We are glad to announce that FSCIRE will cooperate with the Italian Presidency in organising and convening the G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) in Bologna.

The G20 Interfaith Forum is the annual platform that, since 2014, seeks global solutions by collaborating with religious thought leaders and political representatives. It builds on vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in world affairs, reflecting a rich diversity of institutions, ideas, and values. The membership includes interfaith and intercultural organizations, religious leaders, scholars, development and humanitarian entities, and business and civil society actors.

The theme for the global gathering, to be held in September 2021, will be: “Time to Heal: Peace Among Cultures, Understanding Between Religions.”

As the Saudi Presidency passes the torch to Italy, the G20 Interfaith Forum will host an online handover ceremony on Thursday, December 3, 4.30-5.30 pm (Rome time). Here you can find the program of the ceremony and the link to register to the Zoom webinar. You are all invited to join the meeting!