Ecumenical Humanitarian Organization (EHO) – project “School of Ecumenism”
Ecumenical Learning offer: Project activities:
- 15 lecture sessions (55 school classes) with presentations and workshops on churches, examples of good practice, ecumenical movement, peace building work and gender issues in churches, non-violent communication, and human rights of members of churches and religious communities. Lectures and presentations shall be held on 15 Saturdays including two one-day excursions to selected religious communities in Novi Sad. The lecturers shall be from Serbia and neighbouring countries.
- Cooperation with theological colleges& faculties (from country and abroad), with NGOs that deal with peace-building and non-violent action, media houses, distinguished individuals whose work is relevant in this field (usually professors of social sciences).
- Publication of an annual issue of the “Ecumenical Digest”: with contributions (papers and essays) from lecturers/ workshop facilitators and from students. Circulation: 300 printed copies and a downloadable copy online. Publication language: Serbian.
A detailed list of activities with proposed names of lecturers (Draft Curriculum):
Main fields of ecumenical research:
Goals and long-term changes and sustainable benefits that EHO School of Ecumenism contributes to:
- To contribute to re-activation of the national (Serbian) Ecumenical Council of Churches which is currently not functioning;
- To contribute to development of sustainable peace in the region through: general awareness raising of religious and cultural diversity, elimination of hate speech in media, and tolerant policy of state institutions
- Increased and enhanced inter-religious dialogue and ecumenical cooperation between churches and faith communities through improved communications, networking and the establishment of inter-faith dialogue and joint initiatives for the building of peace and reconciliation
- Increased knowledge on churches and religious communities that contribute to better understanding and respect for diversity and in increased tolerance;
- Empowering and personal capacity building of believers for active participation and involvement in positive social changes.
Through the School of Ecumenism, persons who normally do not interact - i.e. social science students, NGO activists, media workers, faculty professors (on one hand) and religious education teachers, clergy, lay ministers…(on the other hand) can get the opportunity to meet each other, share ideas, and learn to accept and creatively deal with differences, especially through discussions and workshops, and to act together in a formal or informal way through establishment (or participation in) common peace initiatives.
An educated person (who finished the School of Ecumenism) should be the promoter of positive changes in his/her field of activity and he/she should contribute to enhanced role of churches and religious communities in civil society as protagonists of social and ethical changes and European integrations.
Expected accomplishments (made by participants) for above goals to be achieved:
- Priests and teachers of confessional Religious Education (in schools) pro-actively and positively/affirmatively introducing -their pupils with other churches, religious communities and religions beyond their confessional boundaries;
- Journalists writing affirmative texts and broadcasts about peaceful coexistence between different nationalities and religions;
- Non-violent action as preferred way of conflict resolution.