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ReliXchange!
a German-Egyptian youth exchange
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one group from GERMANY
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one group from EGYPT
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3 Abrahamic faiths ...
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... international interfaith dialogue
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one week in CAIRO
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one week in BERLIN

Welcome to ReliXchange!

A project as part of the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership

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ReliXchange is an inter-religious youth exchange between Germany and Egypt. Together with our Egyptian partner organisation New Horizon Association for Social Development we want to foster intercultural exchange and cooperation between Europe and North Africa and contribute to international and national inter-religious dialogue and understanding. What happens, and where? During the exchange programme 10 Egyptian and 10 German young adults spend together one week in Berlin, Germany (27/10-02/11/14) and one week in Cairo, Egypt (17-23/11/14). What is it about? On the one hand the exchange is about learning about the Abrahamic religions (principles of faith and traditions). Moreover, we will deal with the role and influence of the respective religions in both countries, and are interested particularly in the role and situation of religious minorities. Furthermore, creative methods for advancing inter-religious dialogue will be elaborated in the course of the exchange.


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ReliXchange TEAM

Programme Management, Method Kit: Dr. Anja Gebel (14km)
Project Coordination, Homepage: Andreas Fricke (14km)

The New Horizon Association of Social Development team

The 14km volunteers: Evin Kücükali (InfoKIT), Mariam Korte (Quiz of Religions), Caroline Bunge (Blogs)

Blog PR Egypt: Sara Samir Ashour

Proof reading Method Kit: Lucia Linares (14km)

ReliXchange logo: Sandra Spindler

Trainings & Workshops: Sara-Duana Meyer, Gihan Abouzeid, Giovanni Gino Santo, Islam El-Ghazouly

Language facilitation: Jade Nicole Zoghbi (14km)

GPS education tour in cooperation with mediale pfade.de Agentur für Medienbildung

Hip Hop Workshop: Amin Saleh – Rap4Respect

ReliXchane DOCUMENTATION ReliXchange MATERIALS

We offer the following materials produced within ReliXchange to reuse them:

The Quiz of Religions

GPS education tour "Religion in Berlin"

Method Kit for international interreligious youth work

1219Logo300PxThe programme has been actively supported by 1219 German Foundation for inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue e.V.


ReliXchange Song >>Believe in yourself<<:


ReliXchange Teaser / making of >>Believe in yourself<< (Rap4Respect Workshop):

 

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ReliXchange Day 8

Today started with a very creative exercise . After a quick introduction to the definition of interreligious relationships we shared our personal experiences about this topic. In groups we came up with drawings, a photo story and theaters to present our ideas. The results were very interesting because we heard about problems with interreligious marriage but also about harmony and cooperation between religious communities. In the afternoon we explored Christianity in Egypt. We did so by visiting a Coptic Church, a Greek Orthodox Church and also the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Coptic Cairo. Afterwards we had a discussion with a Coptic Priest about the role of Christianity in the Egyptian state and it's status as a minority. Our day ended with a traditional Egyptian dinner on a Faluka on the River Nile. We were joined by Ramesh de Silva, the cultural attachè of the German embassy in Cairo. Authors: Adrian, Carol, Diva and Svenja     A project as part of the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership The ReliXchange project receives financial support by the German-Egyptian Transformation  Partnership through the German Foreign Office, by funds of the Ecclesiastical Development Services through Bread for the World - Protestant Church Development Service and by the “International Youth Work” Programme of the German Federal Child and Youth Plan through BKJ


ReliXchange Day 7

Discovering Cairo’s religious treasures… Our second day in Egypt included plenty of activities, encounters and impressions. In the morning, we took a look at some contemporary religious music from Egypt. We tried to analyze how it pictures women in religion. After our group discussion scholar Omaima Abou-Bakr provided us with some more information about the position of women in Islam – also pointing out controversies among Muslim scholars in nowadays society. Later in the day we visited the NHASD headquarter where we got to know more about the two most important institutions  for Islamic faith in Egypt – the al Azhar and the Ministery of Endowment.               Apart from all these discussions and encounters, we got to see some of the city today. Namely, the Citadel and the 18th century Muhammed Ali Ottoman mosque, which’s architecture has been considerably inspired by the Hagia Sofia in Turkey. From the Mokattom Hill we had a beautiful view over the ancient quarters of Cairo. Just like in Berlin, where we met up with some Bahaii people, in Cairo we also learned about a religious minority: the Sufi communities in Egypt. We visited a Sufi dance and music performance. Afterwards, most of us took a  stroll over the nearby market.                 A project as part of the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership The ReliXchange project receives financial support by the German-Egyptian Transformation  Partnership through the German Foreign Office, by funds of the Ecclesiastical Development Services through Bread for the World - Protestant Church Development Service and by the “International Youth Work” Programme of the German Federal Child and Youth Plan through BKJ


ReliXchange Day 6

We started the first day of the second ReliXchange week in Cairo. After having started the day with traditional Egyptian breakfast, we were introduced to our new teamer who later on showed us the importance of different perceptions. We then had a debate about crucial topics of Christian, Islam and atheism. The debate was focusing on moderate and fundamental religious perceptions and how these views are implemented in the context of our everyday life in regard to evolution/creationism. The main challenge of this debate was to step into the shoes of other persons, as we were supposed to argue in favor of a position we were not sharing.             In the afternoon we were discussing aspects of religion and different beliefs as well as rather philosophical concepts as monism. The movie “Life of Pi” dealt as a basis for this discussion.             Finally we were supposed to see the Pyramids in the evening, but unfortunately we couldn’t enter the area due to the Cairo film festival. Instead we had a cool and refreshing boat trip in the Nile, where we could reflect our new impressions and knowledge we gained during the first day.   A project as part of the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership The ReliXchange project receives financial support by the German-Egyptian Transformation  Partnership through the German Foreign Office, by funds of the Ecclesiastical Development Services through Bread for the World - Protestant Church Development Service and by the “International Youth Work” Programme of the German Federal Child and Youth Plan through BKJ


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The ReliXchange project receives financial support by the German-Egyptian Transformation Partnership through the German Foreign Office, by funds of the Ecclesiastical Development Services through Bread for the World Protestant Church Development Service and by the “International Youth Work” Programme of the German Federal Child and Youth Plan through BKJ.

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