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Symposium on spirituality and politics


The Chapel of the Resurrection, Brussels, 6 December, 2016, 16.00-18.00

The Schuman Symposium is an annual exploration of the spiritual dimension of the values of the European project, including human dignity and solidarity, and of the necessity of this dimension for the common good in Europe and globally.
The symposium will begin with an address focusing on some aspect of spirituality and politics, followed by a personal testimony by a leading public figure on spirituality as lifesource for their political engagement.
A panel of informed observers will then offer a review of the past year and a preview of the coming year in terms of the promotion or otherwise of these values within Europe.
The first Schuman Symposium will be held on Tuesday December 6 this year (prior to the European Parliament Prayer Breakfast the following morning), in the Chapel of the Resurrection, Rue Van Maerlantstraat 22, 1000 Brussels.

16.00 Welcome

Keynote address: • Rev Dr Gary Wilton, co-author of God in the EU (2016) on: ‘The spirituality of the Schuman Declaration’

A Personal Journey: Branislav Skripek, MEP for Slovakia:  ‘Politics and pilgrimage.’ * to be confirmed

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Panel: Review of 2016 & preview of 2017 with: Gary Wilton, Branislav Skripek* (to be confirmed) Christel Ngnambi, EEA Brussels Representative;


Discussion and interaction

18.00 Refreshments
Chair: Jeff Fountain, director of the Schuman Centre for European Studies
All Welcome. 

Cost: 10 euros on entry.

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Initiated by the Schuman Centre for European Studies