A well-established part of Heidelberg life
On behalf of the City of Heidelberg, deputy mayor Wolfgang Erichson has set up a very successful “Interfaith Dialog” that gives all of the different religions in Heidelberg the chance to talk and find common ground between them. Its members include both of the main Christian churches (Evangelical and Catholic), the Jewish community, the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Center, and the Heidelberg Baha’i Spiritual Assembly.
Meeting, sharing, and working together
Heidelberg’s Interfaith Dialog is founded on a deep respect for other faith communities. It strives to improve social cohesion by offering a forum where the different religions within our pluralistic society can work together. In doing so, the Dialog does not shy away from the differences between the different religions. Its aim goes beyond mere tolerance: it wants to create an environment where the representatives of the different religions can work together on an equal footing. A very special element of Heidelberg’s Interfaith Dialog is that the Muslim Imam, the Catholic and Evangelical Deans and the Jewish Rabbi all take part in the meetings themselves, as the leading members of their communities.