Held in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, the second Training Workshop in Brazil’s Manual “Learning to Live Together” Ethics Education Program took place with the theme “Violence in schools is our responsibility too,” at Bethany Village Retreat from April 27 to May 1, 2012.
The event was attended by 46 participants from 25 (twenty five) different institutions with representatives of different religious denominations such
as Catholic, Tibetan Buddhism, Evangelical, Lutheran, Baptist, Assembly of God, Spiritist, Umbanda, Jewish, and this enriched the interfaithdialogue in the discussion regarding the theme of the meeting: school violence. The multiplicity of cultural perspectives coming from different religious denominations contributed to the dialogue, knowledge generated and challenged the groups to seek further information about other faiths, different rituals, concepts and practices.
Interfaith learning took place through the various moments of interaction in which participants could express their knowledge. There were moments of prayer, with guidance and preparedness sessions, cultural moments, and spiritual practices.
By Teresinha Dorigon Vieira