Market of Ideas - Agora

Promotion of Peace Dialogue

The public is welcome to participate in several events during the Assembly. The Agora located in the large, open space in front of Inselhalle is one such opportunity. At this event, organizations and institutions promoting the Assembly theme in their work will have the opportunity to engage with Assembly participants and the general public.

At the center of the exhibition area, there will be a meeting area and café, encouraging attendees to enjoy the conversations and engage more deeply with the presenting organizations and other attendees.

Additionally, a screen installed at this same location will transmit a livestream video during the Opening and Closing Ceremony as well as Plenary Sessions of the Assembly, allowing the public to view these events from this public space outside the Inselhalle.

Impressions

Presenters

engage more deeply with the presenting organizations and other attendees

The Free State of Bavaria welcomes the Religions for Peace World Assembly to Lindau! As one of the most prosperous and innovative regions in Germany, Ba­varia is aware of both its responsi­bility and its potential to contribute to …
The International Campaign to AbolishNuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organi­zations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and imple­mentation of the United Nations …
Religions for Peace’s affiliate in Germany provides a forum for interreligious dialogue at grass-roots level. Currently 12 local and regional groups bring together people of different religious background …
The European Christian Convention is an initiative of Christians from different denominations in Europe. Its aim is to make a substantial contribution to the European Project as a common vision for peace, justice and equality, …
The German Protestant Kirchentag is a lay organization and movement. Kirchentag welcomes more than 100.000 people from more than 100 countries. It is a unique event with a combination of spiritual and …
Visitors to the popular holiday destination at Lake Constance often do not suspect that a lot of weapons and armament equipment are exported from here. Jürgen Grässlin, an armament expert, estimates that armament …
The Peace Rooms Museum in the Villa Lindenhof are more than just a museum. They are interactive places where visitors are invited to get to grips with peace issues through their eyes, ears and fingers. Visitors of the …
For Peace is a holistic initiative to co-create a global culture of peace, positioned at the intersection of personal development and societal transformation. We promote the establishment of a Federal Ministry …
PaRD brings together governmental and intergovernmental entities with diverse civil society organizations (CSOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) to engage the social capital and capacities vested in diverse faith communities …
For almost 25 years the Global Ethic Foundation has been active with intercultural and interfaith research, education and interaction. The foundation works at many levels of society in the fields of religious …
Forum ZFD supports people involved in violent conflicts on the path to peace. Our organization was established in 1996 by peace and human rights groups – in reaction to the Balkan crisis. Since then we have striven to help …
MISEREOR was founded 1958 by the Catholic Church in Germany in the spirit of Christian compassion. Still today our mission is to be by the side of those who in Africa, Asia and Latin America suffer hunger, poverty and disease, who …
World Vision has been working worldwide to promote a better and fairer world for children for more than 60 years. World Vision Germany was established in 1979 as a registered association. In FY 2018, over …
Tanenbaum is a secular, non-sectarian nonprofit that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in schools, workplaces, health care settings and areas of armed …
A United Nations film crew that will cover the Assembly is interested in interviewing delegates about faith and the protection of rainforests. Religions for Peace is working..

Ring for Peace Ceremony

Table between churches

Devotions
Lightning talks

Livestream

The Free State of Bavaria welcomes the Religions for Peace World Assembly to Lindau!

As one of the most prosperous and innovative regions in Germany, Bavaria is aware of both its responsibility and its potential to contribute to the solution of the world’s most pressing problems and to tackle the global challenges of tomorrow. Its rich religious and cultural history as well as its cutting-edge research and innovation inform the daily life of the Free State and make it into a uniquely diverse and fascinating place. You are cordially invited to find out more on the host of this year’s world conference at the Bavarian show booth at the AGORA in front of the Inselhalle. Get a glimpse of both the traditional treasures and the modern and cosmopolitan sides of the Free State by watching a short video or browsing our flyers, post a picture or gif of your stay at the conference to your social media with the help of our student journalists and film-makers, or see for yourself how a Bavarian research project at the Technical University of Munich translates into affordable and sustainable e-mobility solutions for the world. There is so much more to Bavaria than meets the eye!

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017. This campaign has been actively working against nuclear weapons since 2007 and paved the way for the nuclear weapon ban treaty passed by the United Nations in 2017. For their success to providing a path to a world free of nuclear weapons ICAN was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2017. Currently, ICAN is focusing on assisting countries with the ratification of the nuclear weapon ban treaty and is always campaigning for more countries to sign the treaty. When 50 countries have ratified the treaty (currently there are 23 ratifications) it will come into force. ICAN will then use the treaty, once in force it is now binding under international law, as a tool to indicate the illegitimacy of nuclear weapons to countries and their allies that still possess nuclear weapons and will demand nuclear disarmament from these countries. At our stall we want to interactively inform you about current nuclear dangers and the work that ICAN is carrying out to create peace.

Religions for Peace's affiliate in Germany

Religions for Peace’s affiliate in Germany provides a forum a forum for interreligious dialogue at grass-roots level. Currently 12 local and regional groups bring together people of different religious background and organise a variety of interreligious events and activities. Many of these groups have become the nuclei, breedings grounds or important partners of Interreligious Councils or Forums in their cities. The Round Table of Religions in Germany gathers 12 high-ranking representatives of the largest religious communities twice a year for discussions, publishing statements on relevant issues and preparing the annual day of the Religions in a major German city.

The European Christian Convention

The European Christian Convention is an initiative of Christians from different denominations in Europe. Its aim is to make a substantial contribution to the European Project as a common vision for peace, justice and equality, human rights and democracy. As this European and ecumenical vision is in crisis, we develop answers based in the Christian witness and the ecumenical commitment. The aim is to organize a participatory large-scale gathering fully ecumenical, inviting civil society, bringing together people and organizations over Europe and beyond.

German Protestant Kirchentag

The German Protestant Kirchentag is a lay organization and movement. Kirchentag welcomes more than 100.000 people from more than 100 countries. It is a unique event with a combination of spiritual and faith-related programs, honest political and social debate and many cultural activities. Established in 1949 after the Second World War Kirchentag aimed to overcome dictatorship and to empower people in their civic participation. In more than 2,000 individual events, it proves to be a huge forum of the civil society. Kirchentag wants to enable everyone to become a change maker. In 2019 the International Peace Center was an important meeting point to engage people looking for peace building concepts worldwide. With a decreasing attachment to the churches in Germany as well as an increasingly pluralized society inclosing an expending variety of religious communities Kirchentag opens up as an all including forum. The question of how the coexistence of religions can function is, among other topics, an important concern of the Kirchentag. Inter-religious dialogue has long played an important role at German Protestant Kirchentag. The Kirchentag is founding member of the European Christian Convention (ECC).

International Path of Peace Lake Constance

Visitors to the popular holiday destination at Lake Constance often do not suspect that a lot of weapons and armament equipment are exported from here. Jürgen Grässlin, an armament expert, estimates that armament in the region around Lake Constance is the most concentrated in all of Europe.
This has given rise to a strong peace movement: for over thirty years the ‘International Path of Peace Lake Constance’ sets a mark for peace and against any form of violence in the way of Easter-marches; transnationally with Austria and Switzerland. Numerous organizations in the region are actively engaged to ensure a more peaceful future, fore a logic of peace and civil security and for military disarmament: you can inform yourself further at ‚Friedensregion Bodensee e.V.‘, Friedensräume Lindau, the Association ‚Keine Waffen vom Bodensee‘ or Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft.

Friedensräume

The Peace Rooms Museum in the Villa Lindenhof are more than just a museum. They are interactive places where visitors are invited to get to grips with peace issues through their eyes, ears and fingers. Visitors of the 10th World Assembly can take an impression of the ‘friedens räume’ (peace rooms) with them – through feeling, hearing and seeing.

Love for Live | For Peace

Love for Live | For Peace is a holistic initiative to co-create a global culture of peace, positioned at the intersection of personal development and societal transformation. We promote the establishment of a Federal Ministry for Peace in Germany and the adoption of a UN Resolution calling for the creation of Departments of Peace worldwide. A collaborative initiative, For Peace is building an embodied, people-powered movement from the bottom-up and the inside-out to elevate consciousness and strengthen participation in politics, policy and society. www.ForPeace.org

International Partnership on Religion and sustainable Development

PaRD brings together governmental and intergovernmental entities with diverse civil society organizations (CSOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) to engage the social capital and capacities vested in diverse faith communities for sustainable development and humanitarian assistance in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Global Ethic Foundation

For almost 25 years the Global Ethic Foundation has been active with intercultural and interfaith research, education and interaction. The foundation works at many levels of society in the fields of religious multiculturalism, diversity, education, economy, culture and sports.
The Global Ethic idea dates back to the 1980s and the Swiss theologian Hans Küng, who has since then been deeply engaged with the world’s religions and questions of how the people of the world can successfully live together:


No peace among nations without peace among religions.


No peace among religions without dialogue between the religions.


No dialogue between the religions without fundamental research into the religions.


Further information: www.global-ethic.org

overcome war and violence

Forum ZFD supports people involved in violent conflicts on the path to peace. Our organization was established in 1996 by peace and human rights groups – in reaction to the Balkan crisis. Since then we have striven to help overcome war and violence.


Currently, we are working with peace consultants in Germany and ten other countries in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Our professional work in conflict wouldn’t be possible without intense preparation. Therefore, our Academy for Conflict Transformation offers specialized trainings to people in international peace work. Through campaigns, lobby work and public relations we actively advocate civil peace policy.


We are a recognized organization of the German Civil Peace Service (CPS). We have signed the Transparent Civil Society Initiative (ITZ, by Transparency International Germany). We finance our work through public and private grants, donations and membership fees. Our organization was awarded the Gustav Heinemann Citizens’ Prize in 1997, the Göttingen Peace Prize in 2005 and the “Sievershäuser Ermutigung” peace prize in 2014.

Misereor Hilfswerk

MISEREOR was founded 1958 by the Catholic Church in Germany in the spirit of Christian compassion.

Still today our mission is to be by the side of those who in Africa, Asia and Latin America suffer hunger, poverty and disease, who live in violence or war, who experience inequality and injustice. Together with partners on the ground we tackle the root courses of these grievances and recognize our own personal and structural involvement in the causes. We constantly adapt our work to new challenges: More than 20 years ago MISEREOR began to learn what Pope Francis expressed so succinctly in Laudato si’: Poverty and environmental issues are inseparable. The question of justice and ecology are two sides of one medal. Anyone who’s responding to the challenges of climate change, the loss of biodiversity or deforestation must look at the same time at those people who are affected by these challenges.


In the process of finding a solution MISEREOR relies on the potential of religious communities to transform conflicts through non-violent communication and peacebuilding. Therefore we seek to support the potential of every single person, community and organization – this way, we try to take rights and dignity more serious and people are able to take charge of their own lives, making contributions to the common good. We do this by working together with them as partners, as peers rather than as external experts. And we create spaces so that the voice of people can be heard where others don’t want to listen. We are convinced that the global challenges can only be solved through global cooperation.

World Vision

has been working worldwide to promote a better and fairer world for children for more than 60 years. World Vision Germany was established in 1979 as a registered association. In FY 2018, over 160,000 sponsors and donors have made our work possible with their donations for the benefit of people in need. Their contributions allowed us to implement a total of 284 projects in 48 countries.


It is consistent with World Vision’s Christian mission to help all needy people, regardless of their background or religion. Long-term development cooperation measures include food security, medical care and education, as well as AIDS and trade promotion. In addition to development cooperation, World Vision also provides humanitarian aid in disaster areas. The third focus of World Vision is development policy advocacy work.


As a Christian organization, we firmly believe that it is important to involve religious actors in our daily work. It does not matter what religion it is. One of our approaches in this field we use in both Christian and Islamic contexts is Channels of Hope. Here we train religious leaders specifically on specific topics (currently these are HIV/Aids, mother/child health, child protection, gender and Ebola) and work out with them an action plan on how their church or mosque can support the people in the village community.


World Vision Germany is also a member of the Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), a partnership in which UN agencies, government organizations and faith-based organizations work together to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Combating Religious Prejudice

Tanenbaum is a secular, non-sectarian nonprofit that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in schools, workplaces, health care settings and areas of armed conflict. Tanenbaum’s vision is a safe world in which religious differences are respected and daily life reflects the highest values of our shared religious and ethical traditions.


Tanenbaum designs trainings and educational resources to change the way people treat one another and to celebrate the richness of diversity.


The organization’s namesake is humanitarian interfaith leader Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum. Marc was Jewish and a Rabbi, but his congregation was humanity: every religion, every color, every country.


In late 1992, Dr. Georgette F. Bennett, Marc’s widow, founded the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding.

United Nations interviews on faith and rainforests

A United Nations film crew that will cover the Assembly is interested in interviewing delegates about faith and the protection of rainforests. Religions for Peace is working with the UN Environment Programme and a number of partners on the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and the Faiths for Forests global declaration, campaign and action agenda. The UN film crew will be set up in the Press Conference Room and would like to hear from you about why the protection of nature and rainforests is a moral duty and a spiritual concern. We wanted you to be aware that the film crew will be on-site and encourage you to find 5 minutes to sit down with them to share your voice and perspective. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Shivani at lsg@interfaithrainforest.org or +1 (212) 729-7920.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017. This campaign has been actively working against nuclear weapons since 2007 and paved the way for the nuclear weapon ban treaty passed by the United Nations in 2017. For their success to providing a path to a world free of nuclear weapons ICAN was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2017.
Currently, ICAN is focusing on assisting countries with the ratification of the nuclear weapon ban treaty and is always campaigning for more countries to sign the treaty. When 50 countries have ratified the treaty (currently there are 23 ratifications) it will come into force.
ICAN will then use the treaty, once in force it is now binding under international law, as a tool to indicate the illegitimacy of nuclear weapons to countries and their allies that still possess nuclear weapons and will demand nuclear disarmament from these countries.
At our stall we want to interactively inform you about current nuclear dangers and the work that ICAN is carrying out to create peace.

The Free State of Bavaria welcomes the Religions for Peace World Assembly to Lindau!

As one of the most prosperous and innovative regions in Germany, Bavaria is aware of both its responsibility and its potential to contribute to the solution of the world’s most pressing problems and to tackle the global challenges of tomorrow. Its rich religious and cultural history as well as its cutting-edge research and innovation inform the daily life of the Free State and make it into a uniquely diverse and fascinating place.
You are cordially invited to find out more on the host of this year’s world conference at the Bavarian show booth at the AGORA in front of the Inselhalle. Get a glimpse of both the traditional treasures and the modern and cosmopolitan sides of the Free State by watching a short video or browsing our flyers, post a picture or gif of your stay at the conference to your social media with the help of our student journalists and film-makers, or see for yourself how a Bavarian research project at the Technical University of Munich translates into affordable and sustainable e-mobility solutions for the world. There is so much more to Bavaria than meets the eye!