20:14Training "Religious Freedom as a Human Right"
WSCF-E Lingua Franca Language and Leadership training "Religious Freedom as a Human Right" Ukraine - Lviv, 25 - 30 May 2009
Lingua Franca is a language and leadership training programme of WSCF Europe, aiming at breaking down linguistic and cultural barriers between East and West. Since 1991, Lingua Franca has organised language courses and training seminars for students in Central and Eastern Europe.
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community withothers and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance” – but isthis true in Europe today? What are the experiences of those in neighbouring countries? What does the Bible say about religious freedom? What is our responsibility in response to violations of this human right?In this training, WSCF Europe will gather students and young people to dialogue about religious freedom today, seekingto promote not only feelings but actions of solidarity crossing borders, challenging students to work and campaign for religious freedom for themselves and their neighbours, thus promoting a more peaceful and just Europe and world.
The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) was founded in 1895 and is a global fellowship of Christian students in over 100 countries. Europe is one of the Federation's six regions and has over twenty-five national Student Christian Movements (SCMs). As Christians, we believe that faith and social justice cannot be separated, and we must be ready to engage in theological, political, and social issues. We strive towards unity in diversity across the boundaries of denomination, culture, nation, and gender, seeking to provide a forum of Christian witness and ecumenical dialogue for students.