and Religious Boundaries
Ingrid Vik is a Special Advisor at the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and responsible for the ”Dialogue for Peace” programme. Ingrid is a Historian of Religion and was previously engaged as the Director of Nansen Dialogue. At our seminar Ingrid shared with us her knowledge and perspectives on the situation in the Balkans, emphasizing the role religious leaders can play, but also how some religious leaders fail to live up to that task.
Anders Kartzow is Coordinator of the Council for Religion and Life Stance Communities in Oslo. Anders reflected on the challenges and possibilities for local and national dialogue between different religions and life stance communities. He reminded us to notice that the dialogue to a great extent is shaped by the majority religion, and how the main focus still seems to be how to make "the other" understand that he is wrong and you are right.
Akmal Ali is Religious Leader of the Muslim Union in Agder, he is also a member of the local Council for Religion and Life Stance Communities. Akmal told us about resources within Islamic faith for meeting other people with respect and compassion.
Gunvor Andresen is Director of the Agder United Nations Association office in Kristansand. The United Nation Charter and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights are legal frameworks trying to build a common ground of equal human rights for every human being in our international community. At our seminar Gunvor reflected on the challenges of bringing religion into the human rights discourse, asking whether it is at all possible to work with human rights without compassion.
Brent Waters is Stead professor of Christian Social Ethics and Director of the Stead Center for Etichs and Values. Professor Waters' lecture dealt with the philosophical and ethical resources of Hannah Arendt for thinking about the appropriate role of forgiveness in the political sphere.