Religion shapes people’s identities and conditions relationships. Contrary to traditional European self-understanding, Europe has always been a continent of many religions: Today, people of different faiths must work out ways of overcoming historical enmities and find ways of living together peacefully in the context of Europe’s secular societies.
EPIL offers a unique process of learning through a carefully structured combination of learning methods, comprising academic inputs, live encounters with people and communities, dialogue training, and participation in religious and spiritual life; this process constantly links what is learned to real-life situations.
EPIL is innovative:
- It focuses on Christian-Muslim relations, an area of potential conflict in European societies.
- It focuses on persons who work in environments where inter-religious issues play a role (teachers, religious educators, social workers, medical staff, media workers, civil servants, etc).
New Study Course 2011-2013
EPIL’s new two-year intensive study course is organised in the form of a roaming college. Its five modules take students to five cities in Europe and the Middle East, where particular problems arise and where people are searching for creative responses. A closing conference wraps up the process. City-based learning groups meeting between modules and independent project work place the experience into a local context and ensure follow-up.