Catriona Robertson

journeys at home and abroad

Monthly Archives: November, 2009

Zajedno u Bosni & European Women of Faith Network

SANA’s Paul Johns has been pulling together the report on our visit to Bosnia last month – heard from him yesterday, as well as from Anjum at Blackburn Cathedral which … Continue reading

30 November 2009

Swiss minarets & a mountain conference

A ray of sunshine for anyone bothered about the Swiss referendum vote yesterday to ban the building of minarets: Initiatives of Change (Switzerland) is hosting a conference this summer (IoC … Continue reading

30 November 2009

CEJI course ends

The CEJI course on combating religious discrimination finishes tomorrow – what a blast.  An extraordinary bunch of people involved in so many different organisations, groups and movements.  We shared tagine … Continue reading

27 November 2009 · 4 Comments

Government money for ministers of religion

Financial support from the state for registered faith communities?  Belgium, Germany, Romania, Sweden and maybe other countries give money to pay the salaries and pensions of some ministers of religion.  … Continue reading

25 November 2009

Europe, multiculturalism & laïcité

The BBC’s Gavin Hewitt has touched on one or two issues that have come up at the CEJI course – how different do we want to be from each other?  … Continue reading

25 November 2009

European faultlines

A day dedicated to identity & cultural awareness on the course, but as is often the case, it’s the private conversations afterwards which dig deeper.  How does Belgium work culturally?  … Continue reading

23 November 2009

Church of Scotland, Brussels

Packed congregation at St Andrew’s Church of Scotland this morning – and a truly international one, too.  Forty-nine nationalities.  A very warm welcome, a mix of Sydney Carter, Richard Gillard … Continue reading

22 November 2009


Arrived in Brussels for week-long awareness training on religious discrimination, made possible by a mobility grant from the EU, through Grundtvig.  People from different religious traditions from all over Europe … Continue reading

21 November 2009

Bosnia on BBC’s FOOC

From Our Own Correspondent: report from Ed Stourton on the international talks in Bosnia which started while we were there.  Is Bosnia a protectorate?   The Bosnia report is 5′ 5″ … Continue reading

19 November 2009

Doreen Massey – & Rowan Williams’ after-party

Heard Doreen Massey, Professor of Geography at the Open Univeristy, at Tate Britain last week.  Her academic work on space and place interests me. I tussle with local/global and my … Continue reading

13 November 2009

Radio links

Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4) on Karadzic and war crimes The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has opened at the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for … Continue reading

1 November 2009


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