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Religions

s a t u r d a ym o r n i n gChurches and religions in the public arenaamamamReview of Friday’s sessionsBy Bernard Lecomte, journalist and writerIndividual, community, societyBy Jean-Paul Willaine, sociologist, Director of the group of sociologyof religions and of the European Institute in Sciences of ReligionsIf religions can contribute to divisions, then it is necessary to question thecontradictions existing in our societies. When they let themselves be dominatedby the promotion of the solitary and independent individual, can they stilladvocate solidarity and social cohesion? Admittedly the communitarianmovement divides. However, have we systematically mistaken it forcommunities which give both meaning and value to living together?Is the public sphere/private sphere duality relevant? Which roles are societiesready to give to the communities of faith where one learns the meaningof openness to others, whoever they are?amDiscussionBreakUniversalism set against pluralismWith Enzo Bianchi, theologian, prior of the Bose Community (Italy)am© 2008 BosephotoarchivIf societies are subjected to the test of meaning, the religions for their part aresubjected to the test of universalism for which they have a vocation to expresswithin the environment where pluralism became the fruit of a democraticdevelopment. How can we reconcile universalismand tolerance? What is the significance of interreligiousand intercultural dialogue for the parties who are sincerelycommitted to ecumenism? What is the gain of such a dialoguefor the whole society?and Agnès von Kirchbach, minister of the ReformedChurch of FranceampmamDebate with the audiencePresentation of the Saturday afternoon’s workshopsLunch83 e Semaine Sociale de France

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