Tuesday, 4 Oct. 2016


Registration open

Start of the 12th International Nuremberg Forum


Opening: Welcome and greetings

Professor Rainer Trinczek, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, FAU Erlangen-NĂĽrnberg
His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Ludwig Schick, Roman Catholic Archdiocese Bamberg
Dr. Birgit Sendler-Koschel, Evangelical Churches in Germany (EKD)
Nasser Ahmed, City Council of Nuremberg


Introduction: Manfred L. Pirner


Opening Lecture: Chair of the Protestant Churches in Germany and Bishop of the Protestant Church of Bavaria Professor Heinrich Bedford-Strohm; “Public Theology and Interreligious Dialogue. Fundamental Perspectives“ (Chair: Manfred Pirner)


Lunch Break


„The Contribution of Religions to the Common Good in a Pluralistic Society“

Five statements (Chair: Johannes Lähnemann)


14:05  From a Christian perspective – Dirk J. Smit (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

14:25  From an Islamic perspective – Abdullah Sahin (University of Warwick, UK)

14:45  From a Jewish perspective – Sabrina Worch (University for Jewish Studies at Heidelberg, Germany)

15:05  Chatting phase

15:15  From a Buddhist perspective – Heesoon Bai (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada) 

15:35 From an empirical sociological perspective – Annette Schnabel (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany)


Coffee break


Panel discussion with the statement presenters and Prof. Bedford-Strohm (Chair: Henrik Simojoki)


Evening break


Reception by the Mayor of the City of Nuremberg in the „Beautiful Hall“ („Schöner Saal“)