In the present situation in the world, values of tolerance, compassion and hospitality appear to be more contested. The debates among European leaders have come to center around how to “protect us” from refugees, rather than protecting the precarious lives of the refugees.The authors agree that we should not stop looking for practices of hospitality. We need to better understand what hospitality is, where it is practiced and also why it is practiced. Hospitality is not necessarily something we possess as an inner quality or as something disconnected from others. Rather it is practiced in specific ways in in particular spaces. The thesis is that we have to look for the characteristics of hospitality in “the other spaces” that Michel Foucault once called heterotopias.Five specific cases are analyzed: - a monastic garden for interreligious dialogue in Austria, a Lutheran congregation that accommodates a project for undocumented migrants in Western Sweden, a busy intersection in downtown Oslo where substance-users stay (and most others pass by), a voluntary organization that works for the creation of alternative life forms in inner city Copenhagen, and, finally, some aspects of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City.The authors are theologians, sociologists and a PhD candidate in diaconia, an illustration of the interdisciplinary composition of the book.
Perceiving the Other is a Norwegian/German collaboration lead by Trygve Wyller and Hans-Günter Heimbrock. Case examples introduce a new way of approaching ethics. It points out that it is possible to show phenomenological ethics in practise. The lived experience (praxis) is as important as the professional experience. The research on the field is the dynamics between these two experiences, where the professional experience is taken from the general life experience.Perceiving the Other has three sections:1. Introduction emphasizing the ethical paradigm shift, and presenting the terms relationality, connectedness etc. The introduction clarifies past and ongoing research, and discusses how to develop research with the “new” perspectives – connectedness, phenomenology etc.2. Section two consists of five cases from Norwegian and German doctoral dissertations and thesis within professional ethics and theology. It gives five thematic sections presenting phenomenona as language, space, gender and body.3. Section three is the conclusion, introducing phronetic ethics that is driven from the relational (as source of ethics) and connectedness. The conclusion also discusses the consequences and implications of introducing these perspectives within the fields of theology, professional ethics and work among the marginalized.
In this book, scholars around Europe reflect on the changing role of religious education in a time of growing pluralism in Europe and across the world. The various contributions from different European countries (England and Wales, Germany, Netherlands, and Norway) focus on the debate about the existing multicultural and multireligious situation in European societies. Difference and diversity, especially of religion, is seen as a challenge for education in Europe. The chapters mention trends and common challenges for religious education. As a key term of religious education "religious competence" is introduced. It includes the ability to deal with religious pluralism and differences in a constructive way. It is argued that contextual religious education facilitates a new religious competence. The book also contains detailed information about current developments in the field of religious education in some European countries.
This volume deals with the question of how the immediacy of religious experience can best and scientifically apt be presented? Twelve internationally renowned scholars from Europe, North America, and Africa approach this fundamental issue drawing from their expertise in theology, the philosophy of religion, cultural anthropology, and the social sciences. In doing so this volume relates to a broad scope of religious experience from various cultural and religious contexts.
This volume is a Norwegian/German collaboration lead by Trygve Wyller and Hans-Gunter Heimbrock. It introduces a new way of approaching ethics. The authors point out that it is possible to show phenomenological ethics in practice. The lived experience (praxis) is as important as the professional experience. What is researched here is the dynamics between these two fields of experience where the professional experience is taken from the general life experience. The book contains contributions by Jonas Bauer, Silke Leonhard, Peter Meyer, Kerstin Soderblom, Lisbeth Thoresen, Ingvil Lonning, Solveig Botnen Eide, Trygve Wyller and Hans-Gunter Heimbrock. The book is available in both English and German, primarily for use at the master's level.