Society and Religion
Society and Religion
Social Changes and Cohesion
German society is becoming more diverse. With German unity, a country divided for 40 years has been and continues to be brought together since 1989. European integration, advancing digitalisation and the energy revolution are permanently changing working and everyday life in Germany. Migrants are becoming Germans, and religious diversity as well as the number of life and family models are rising. At the same time, the urban-rural and young-old ratio is changing.
Diversity also increases the need for stabilising coexistence through binding rules, however. That is often more successful than expected, but sometimes fails due to different demands and interests. Cracks are emerging in some areas of the social fabric. To ensure that these cracks do not deepen, social changes must be shaped politically. To achieve this, politics needs interdisciplinary analysis and consultation. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung responds to this need with socio-political analyses, discussions and advice. Its socio-political work focuses on children, youth and family, demographic change, migration, integration and equal rights.
Religious Diversity and Secularisation
But the topics of religious influence, religious diversity and religious policy are evidently subject to processes of change, too. The Christian churches are continuously losing members both in Germany and Europe. The number of non-denominational people continues to rise; a general trend towards secularisation is becoming clear to many. Yet, religion is not disappearing from the state and society, rather its role is changing. That is more visible in the global context than the European one. 84 per cent of the global population feel they belong to a religious community and, by their own account, believe in God or a higher power – and the trend is rising.
The significance of religious convictions for social cohesion and the search for orientation still seems to be relevant, even if the ambivalent character of religion is increasingly perceived – as a meaningful motivation on the one hand, and as a source of conflict, on the other. The relevance of religion in today’s societies as well as in national and international politics, is reflected in various thematic fields and policy areas. This includes the discussion on religious education, the organisation of Jewish and Muslim life in Germany and the safeguarding of religious liberties worldwide. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s religious policy work focuses on a commitment to religious freedom in particular.
Discussion Forums and Publication Projects
Below you will find discussion forums and multi-party publication projects on current religious and socio-political issues. The main emphasis should be placed on the two discussion forums dealing with questions of religious policy.
Expert Initiative Religious Policy
The Expert Initiative Religious Policy (EIR) is an academic-political forum for discussion on religious policy issues. The EIR blog provides a knowledge forum and debate platform on current events and developments in constitutional law, German politics and the emerging common European constitutional space. Based on various expert opinions, the blog makes proposals on how to further develop the religious legal system within the meaning of freedom of religion and ideology.
Discussion Forum “kreuz-und-quer.de”
The blog “kreuz-und-quer.de” sees itself as a discussion forum for political action out of Christian duty. The blog articles are deliberately diverse: They ask, for instance, how the church and politics intend to deal with the most important problems of our time. While also asking us what conclusions we draw from this.
Contributions to the Debate on Assisted Suicide as an Act of Business
After the German Constitutional Court declared § 217 of the German Penal Code (StGB), which criminalised the commercial promotion of suicide, to be null and void in February 2020, politics and society now face the question on how to deal with wishes to die and assisted suicide. Read our contributions to the debate on the topic of commercial assisted suicide.
Event Series and Seminars
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung offers different event formats of socio-political relevance, aimed at various targets groups. While the Youth Policy Days and the denkt@g competition represent a specific offer for youth and young adults, the Women’s Council aims to explicitly promote women with targeted nationwide formats, so as to increase their presence and visibility in politics, business and society.
DenkTag and denkt@g Competition
For many years, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has used the official day of remembrance for victims of National Socialism as an occasion for nationwide projects and events. As part of this so-called “DenkTag event series”, talks with contemporary witnesses, lecture events, readings and exhibitions are held on all matters relating to 27 January in numerous federal states.
Every two years, the nationwide internet youth competition “denkt@tag” also takes place under the patronage of the former President of the Germany Bundestag Dr Norbert Lammert.
JugendpolitikTage (Youth Politics Days)
Since 2007, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been organising JugendpolitikTage several times a year, where young adults can obtain information about current social and political issues, discuss them and exchange ideas. The various workshops are specially adapted to the needs of young people. In the form of films, comics, newspaper articles, plays, dance choreographies, drawings and self-written narratives, the participants can explore various topics.
Women continue to be under-represented in politics, business and society. For this reason, with the Women’s Council, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provides a nationwide seminar programme just for women. With our multifaceted events, we would like to embolden women to position themselves well and take responsibility.
Podcasts and Video Series
Some of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s podcasts and video series are devoted to relevant aspects of socio-political issues such as social diversity, Jewish life in Germany, or questions on causes of flight and how to combat them.
KAS Fragt Nach
“KAS fragt nach” is primarily dedicated to questions about the causes of flight and how to combat them. Here, the focus is not only on how Western industrialised states and societies can help fight the causes of flight over the short-term, but above all on the measures that may contribute towards sustainable development and improvement of the situation on the ground and thus to a long-term reduction of the causes of flight. In each episode, we talk with a range of guests not only about the situation in different states, but also about personal and professional experiences of our interviewees.
In the podcast “Future Women", women have something to say about their social commitment and associated experience. In the discussion, they report on their personal journey, their own trajectory and the challenges and difficulties facing them on the path towards greater co-determination and the realisation of their own visions and specific goals.
Aftertaste – Jewish Everyday Life in Germany
Aftertaste – Jewish Everyday Life in Germany, Trailer
(only in German)
What does everyday life for Jews in Germany really look like today? On the occasion of the anniversary “1700 years of Jewish life in Germany”, we have issued the video series “Aftertaste – Jewish everyday life in Germany”. Britta Herres, who is on her voluntary social year, embarks on a journey through the republic to talk to different people of Jewish origin.
Britta’s Hanukkah Week
Britta’s Hanukkah Week
(only in German)
We sent Britta Herres, who is on a voluntary social year with us, on a little journey. Together with Leni, a young woman who has decided to become a rabbi, she explores Berlin. What motivated Leni to take up rabbinical studies? What is it like to celebrate holidays in Berlin? And where does the origin of the Hanukkah festival actually lie? More on this can be found in our video series “Britta’s Hanukkah Week”.
Publications to the topic
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THE NETHERLANDS, CANADA, BRAZIL, INDONESIA, SOUTH AFRICA, AND CHINA
Time of opportunity instead of compulsory service
Global Climate Alliance For Accelerated Climate Action
The GCA Collaborative is proposing an open and inclusive global agreement to massively accelerate the Global South’s progress to net-zero emissions.
35th Special Session of UN Human Rights Council on Islamic Republic of Iran
Map of the Month 11/2022
The Social Responsibility of Religious Communities in Multi-religious Societies
Migration Programme Manager
Afghanistan ein Jahr unter den Taliban
Digitalisierung im Bereich Deutsch als Zweitsprache
Der Ukraine-Krieg und die Gefahr weiterer pandemischer Unterrichtsausfälle zeigen die Dringlichkeit des Themas Digitalisierung im DaZ-Sprachunterricht
Proteste im Iran
Für die Sehnsucht nach einem normalen Leben
MIGRACIÓN, UNA MIRADA DESDE SU COMPLEJIDAD
INSUMOS PARA UNA POLÍTICA MIGRATORIA EN GUATEMALA
Aufbruch der Kirche in die Welt?
Zum Beginn des II. Vatikanischen Konzils vor 60 Jahren.
Panama und Zentralamerika
Panama und Zentralamerika: Die Migrationskrise spitzt sich zu
Kopftuchdebatte in der Türkei auf den Kopf gestellt
Der CHP-Vorsitzende und Oppositionsführer Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu kündigte an einen Gesetzesentwurf zur „Kopftuchfreiheit“ in das türkische Parlament einzubringen.
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Empowering Namibian Voters with Information
Документальний фільм "ДВАДЦЯТЬ ЧЕТВЕРТЕ"
Jüdischer Rettungswiderstand: Überleben im Untergrund
Wie Juden 1941 bis 1945 in Deutschland untertauchten, Widerstand leisteten und Hilfe erhielten
Der Abschluss des Luxemburger Abkommens vor 70 Jahren
Українське християнство в цифровому світі: виклики та перспективи
Результати дослідження про вплив сучасних цифрових та медійних технологій на діяльність та розвиток християнських церков в Україні.
In the Eye of the Storm: The State of African Immigrants' Businesses in Durban
Kein Geld für Sprach-Kitas
Das Aus für das Bundesprogramm zur frühkindlichen Sprachförderung ist ein bildungs- und integrationspolitischer Fehler
Events on the topic
DigitalAkademie: Online Lehrerfortbildung „Schule und Digitalisierung für alle“
In Kooperation mit der Klett MINT GmbH
FrauSein - "Weiblichkeit hat tausend Gesichter"
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