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Deputy Mayor Wolfgang Erichson (Photo: privat)e
Wolfgang Erichson
Deputy Mayor
Palais Graimberg - Kornmarkt 5
69117 Heidelberg
Phone 06221 58-20600/-20610

Interfaith Dialog

A well-established part of Heidelberg life

Christians, Jews and Muslims in solidarity: in Heidelberg, representatives of different religions meet regularly to talk (Photo: Philipp Rothe)
Heidelberg’s 20th Interfaith Dialog, July 14, 2015 (photo: Rothe) 

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.

Rooftops in Heidelberg's Old Town and the Church of the Holy Spirit (Photo: Diemer)


Key Topics

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.