Trainings

The Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination training programme provides an educational process that transforms obstacles presented by different perspectives on religion into opportunities for social transformation.

Participants are encouraged and aided to reflect on, and then share, their own perspectives with regards to religion, faith, and belief systems, including those who have a secular or no faith background. As a result, many participants report that they feel empowered to engage with the topics in a new and motivating way.

This is the core programme in the Belieforama suite and is a pre-requisite for all thematic programmes.

Find out more about our Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination training course.

 

This module is designed for educators who seek to gain a deeper understanding of their role as facilitators of learning. Participants will develop facilitation skills, gaining techniques, tips and methods for increasing their effectiveness with the groups with whom they work.

Find out more about our Facilitation Skills training course.

 

In recent years, the democratic world has unfortunately witnessed a resurgence of antisemitic activity and sentiments. Around Europe, synagogues have been burned, rabbis have been abused in the streets, Jewish children have been physically attacked on the way to school and inside schools, and Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated.

The need to confront antisemitism where it exists, and to prevent it from spreading, is therefore an urgent need and a concern for all – Jews and non-Jews – wishing to live in societies that are free from hatred. This training course seeks to develop an understanding that Jewish identity has diverse expressions.

Read more about our Overcoming Antisemitism training course.

 

Islamophobia, or hatred of Muslims, has only recently become widely recognised. However, this phenomenon has existed since the beginning of Islam as a hostility that surfaced in literature, poetry, the visual arts, church sermons, poetry and in military campaigns. The recent recognition and identification of islamophobia means that comparatively little data is available on it (in contrast to antisemitism which has been well-documented for centuries).

However, there can be no denying that the position of Muslims in European societies is under extreme pressure due to inflammatory discourse. Moreover, public opinion is often fed with generalised and prejudicial messages about Islam and its followers. 

Read more about our Overcoming Islamophobia training course.

 

Reconciling Religion, Gender and Sexual Orientation

Any examination of the challenges faced by those living in religiously diverse societies shows that some of the most sensitive topics revolve around issues of gender and sexuality, i.e. the role of men and women, sexual and reproductive rights, and conflicts of rights (real or perceived) between religious rights and gay rights.

We need to find productive ways to transform the discourse around these issues, raise awareness of other perspectives and views, and find ways in which they can be reconciled so that all people can express their full identity with mutual respect for our rights and responsibilities.

Read more about our Reconciling Religion, Gender and Sexual Orientation training course.

 

This training programme supports trainers and participants in the development and implementation of their personal, professional, community and organisational action plans.

Find out more about out 'Taking Action' training programme.