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.
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 (email@example.com). Currently, participants contribute their own time to the development of the network, but funding is being sought for 2013.
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
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
Aims and Objectives
- 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.
- 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.