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And a woman who held a babe
against her bosom said, speak to us
of Children.
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of
Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from
you,
And though they are with you yet
they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not
your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not
their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of
to‐morrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in
your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but
seek not to make them like you.
 
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.
Allied Publishers Private Limited:
New Delhi, etc. 1980, 20‐23.
 
 
 
 
 
SYMPOSIA

The Institute for the Study of Relgion has organized following interreligious, interdisciplinary and international conferences:

Faith-Formation in an Intercultural and Interreligious Context (Mumbai 2003)

This Symposium was a joint venture of the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Tübingen, Germany and the Institute for the Study of Religion. The Symposium was organized by
Prof. Dr. Francis X. D'Sa and supported by Prof. Dr. Albert Biesinger.

The Role of Time and History in Religion (Pune 5.-9.8.1999)

This Symposium was a joint venture of "Theologie Interkulturell" of the University of Frankfurt/M., Germany and the Institute for the Study of Religion. The Symposium was organized by
Prof. Dr. Francis X. D'Sa and supported by Prof. Dr. Siegfried Wiedenhofer.

The Communication of Culture & Religion. Can Traditions Preserve Their Identity
    When They Intercommunicate?
(Kolhapur 11.-13.8.1995)

This Symposium was a joint venture of "Theologie Interkulturell" of the University of Frankfurt/M., Germany and the Institute for the Study of Religion. The Symposium was organized by
Prof. Dr. Francis X. D'Sa and supported by Prof. Dr. Siegfried Wiedenhofer.

Cosmocentrism and Anthropocentrism. Cultural and Religious Traditions of India
     in Dialogue with Western Traditions
(Kolhapur 25.-27.2.1994)

This Symposium was a joint venture of "Theologie Interkulturell" of the University of Frankfurt/M., Germany and the Institute for the Study of Religion. The Symposium was organized by
Prof. Dr. Francis X. D'Sa and supported by Prof. Dr. Siegfried Wiedenhofer.

The Tradition of Faith. An Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
    (Pune 26.-30.1.1992)


This Symposium was a joint venture of "Theologie Interkulturell" of the University of Frankfurt/M., Germany and the Institute for the Study of Religion. The Symposium was organized by
Prof. Dr. Francis X. D'Sa and supported by Prof. Dr. Siegfried Wiedenhofer.

 
SEMINAR

"Let Us Break Break Together"

Interdisciplinary Seminar on the Eucharist with Theology Students from the University of Duisburg, Germany and from Jnana-Deepa Vidypeeth, Pune. The Seminar was organized by Prof. Dr. Francis X. D'Sa and supported by Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Nocke.
(Pune 1993)

"Let us break Bread Together" was a joint seminar with two theology professors (Prof. Dr. Franz‐Josef Nocke and Dr. Margret Peek‐Horn) and ten students of theology from the University of Duisburg, Germany and from the indian side Prof. Dr. Anthony da Silva and Prof. Dr. Francis X. D'Sa with ten students of theology from Jnana‐Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.

The programme comprised three stages. The first stage consisted of the academic part: The students from Germany presented historical and theological papers whereas the indian students presented results of a survey they conducted of catholic teachers teaching catechism in catholic schools in Pune on their understanding of the Eucharist. Each presentation provoked an intercultural discussion that was both interesting and illumination.

The second stage of the seminar was done in two steps. The first step was an introduction to the religion, art and culture behind the Ajanta-Ellora caves.The second step was an excursion to Ajanta-Ellora.

In the third stage the German Professors and students stayed in Hindu families for a week. Arrangements were made to find suitable Hindu families in Pune for each of the guests according to their special interest (Religion, Culture, Customs, Music/Dance, etc.).

The seminar wound up with a common evaluation. As was to be expected professors and students found the programme profitable. Friendships had blossomed between the German and Indian students as well as between the host‐families and the German guests, though one or two students were not happy with the conservative customs of their host‐families. However all found the experience of coming to know persons from another culture first hand very revealing.
 
 
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