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Annual Retreat

The Fellowship’s annual retreat allows scholars of religion from MENA and the West to discuss, debate and simply spend time with each other

The annual residential Retreat is the heart of the Fellowship.

Here, the Fellows spend a few days together, away from their everyday lives. Sessions include academic workshops, seminars and guest lectures. Fellows present their work to each other and hold interfaith discussions. As importantly, each retreat also includes social time, opportunities for shared worship or experiencing different faiths’ worship, and extra-curricular activities. Fellows eat together and enjoy a cultural programme. (At some point, there’s usually an informal game of football!)

The Retreat is held in Europe and MENA in alternate years. Every Fellow attends two consecutive years, so that they will enjoy one Retreat in MENA and one in Europe. Gingko and its partners organize the Retreat and cover all costs, including travel, accommodation and food.

The 2023 Retreat is a joint project with Professor Klaus von Stosch’s new International Center for Comparative Theology and Social Issues at the University of Bonn. The theme of the 2023 Retreat will be ‘Political Christology in Late Antiquity and in the Qur’an’.

This year the Retreat will be held in conjunction with a on-day symposium The Religious Other(s) at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen.