Lightning Talks

Learn from practice

Peace work

Lightning Talks are inspiring talks, presenting personal stories and showcasing exemplary ideas within the range of religious, spiritual and peace-related issues. Religions for Peace Lightning Talks – being similar to the style of TED-Talks – differ from conventional speeches. These Talks will provide both powerful words and thought-provoking, inspirational new perspectives. Each Talk presents a strong and unique idea or story that is freely presented in a very concise manner. The motto is: enlighten us and be precise.

In a sequence of seven talks lasting 12 minutes each, seven religious representatives from all over the world will share their personal transformational experiences, stories and ideas along their way to building more peaceful societies.


  • Is Religion the Problem or the Solution?
    Chief Rabbi David Rosen, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee (AJC), Israel; Co-President, Religions for Peace
  • Answering the core question: What’s religion got to do with a nation’s development strategy?
    Prof. Dr. Katherine Marshall, Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown University
  • The Wellbeing of Nations
    Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development; Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals; International Trustee, Religions for Peace
  • Crossing bridges in my mind – can foes be friends after a war?
    Lejla Hasandedic-Dapo, United Religions Initiative, Youth Delegate, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • What if they were one of us? From refugee to relative
    Abdul Nasser Magezi
    , Chair Uganda Interfaith Youth Network
  • From Suffragettes to Women Interfaith Activists of Today: Changers and Challengers of Society
    Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Chair RfP UK Women of Faith Network, Sikh Representative on Scottish Religious Leaders Forum
  • Religious Hooliganism – The Fever Pitch of Faith
    Father Dr. Nikodemus C. Schnabel, O.S.B., Benedictine monk of Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem

3 - 5.30 pm
Thursday, 22 August

Zwanzigerstr. 3, 88131 Lindau (Bodensee), Germany

Free entry

The registration is closed. All places are fully booked.

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