WHERE WE COME FROM

Organisations from several European countries and from very different traditions – inter-faith and inter-convictional organisations, churches and religious associations, philosophical and non confessional associations – have come together to plan this initiative. We are conscious of the delicate and often controversial policy issues in the field of Religion and Belief, for example: prejudice and discrimination; freedom to dress and wear religious insignia; equalities in relation to gender and sexual orientation; employment in relation to religious or non-religious beliefs. Many of these issues are primarily the domain of member states, but they also have implications across national boundaries, for all faith/belief groups, and for the EU.

Abdullah Faliq (third from left) speaking at ENORB's inaugural conference at the EU Parliament, May 2012. Martin Gurvich (Hindu Forum of Europe, left) and Karim Chemlal (Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, centre) are also members of ENORB's Executive Group.

EXPLORATORY GROUP

The organising group for ENORB has consisted of leading members of Religion and Belief organisations at European level and from several European member-states. Members of the Exploratory Group are not official delegates to ENORB – but are concerned representatives, seeking ways of improving dialogue, mutual understanding and combating discrimination and reporting back to their own organisations.

An initial seminar on May29-30 2012 under the auspices of the Presidency of the European Parliament, brought together representatives of over 50 organisations: inter-convictional, inter-faith, religious and humanist, atheist and free-thinking organisations.

Now that ENORB has now been registered as an association under Belgian Law (May 2012) organisations and individuals may register as full members or associate members (info@enorb.eu).  Currently, participants contribute their own time to the development of the network, but funding is being sought for 2013.

Participants at the inaugural conference, May 2012.

These organisations were involved in meetings of the Exploratory Group:

All Faiths and None
www.afan.uk.net
CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
www.ceji.org
Centre d’Action Laique
www.culture-enseignement.cfwb.be
Conference of European Churches
www.ceceurope.org
European Buddhist Union
www.e-b-u.org
European Humanist Federation
www.humanistfederation.eu
Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association
www.eifa.org.uk
El Kalima
www.elkalima.be
European Women of Faith Network
http://religionsforpeace.org/initiatives/women/europe.html
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe
www.fioe.org
Group International, Intercultural and Interconvictional (G3i)
www.fhedles.fr
Hindu Forum Europe
www.hinduforum.eu
Islamic Forum of Europe
www.islamicforumeurope.com
London Boroughs Faiths Network
www.lbfn.wordpress.com
Religions for Peace Europe
www.rfp-europe.eu/rfp-europe
Semaines Europeennes de Rencontres Islamo-Chretiennes
www.semaineseric.org
Sikhs International
The Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme
www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk
The Cordoba Foundation
www.thecordobafoundation.com

Delegates from the European religion and belief traditions of Islam, Christianity and Laïcité at the inaugural event, May 2012.

ENORB ABSL (not-for-profit association):

The following organisations are founding members of ENORB as an ABSL:

All Faiths and None; Religions for Peace–Europe ; G3i (Groupe Inter-convictionnel, Inter-culturel et International) ; Hindu Forum Europe ;
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe; The Cordoba Foundation.
President: Alan Murray (AFAN); Vice-Presidents: Yolande Iliano (RfP-Eu),
Georges Lienard (G3i); Secretary: Karim Chemlal (FIOE); Treasurer: Martin
Gurvich (HFE)

Alan Murray, President of ENORB, and Dennis de Jong MEP, May 2012.

Aims and Objectives

Aims:

  • To bring religious and non-religious groups together to work in partnership and in dialogue with the European Union, on EU policy priorities, with particular reference to the ‘economic, social and territorial cohesion’ of Europe.
  • To build a common European Platform to combat discrimination and prejudice, and promote harmony and shared values between different religious and non-religious traditions, through joint activities including dialogue, exchanges and social actions for the common good.
  • To develop a shared language between religions, philosophical organisations, and politicians on key issues and policies for the future of Europe.

Objectives (initial):

  • To establish and launch an effective European Network of religious and non-religious organisations committed to dialogue and to a Europe based on the principles summarised above and set out in the Treaty of Lisbon.
  • To develop effective methods for combating discrimination and prejudice on grounds of Religion and Belief and for promoting harmony and mutual understanding among religion and belief organisations across Europe.
  • To support existing and new actions at European and member state levels (such as exchanges, networking and information dissemination) which contribute to our key aims.

 

A break in discussions at ENORB's first seminar, May 2012.