How does reconciliation work?


With the theologian Dr. Petra Bahr.

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Based on the German-Jewish salon culture of the 18th/19th century. Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, Director of Villa Seligmann, and Prof. Dr. René Dausner, Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Hildesheim and Leibniz Universität Hannover, invite you to the second “Saiten- bzw. Seitenwechsel” – the salon discussion on culture, faith and society.

The theologian Dr. Petra Bahr will be our guest for this season’s episode.

The focus of the discussion is on the concepts of reconciliation and forgiveness. With a view to the interpretation in the Jewish and Christian tradition, the scope of discussion expands to topics of topicality from a theological and socio-political perspective.

The “Sa/eitenwechsel” series offers a platform for networking and a resonance space in which art, music and philosophy interact and questions of faith are discussed. The events also include a musical program that also draws on the rich Christian-Jewish musical tradition.

With the “Salongespräch”, the Villa Seligmann, in cooperation with the Universities of Hildesheim and Hanover, offers a discursive format that cordially invites all participants to a subsequent exchange with a drinks buffet.

Dr. Petra Bahr is the regional bishop for the Hanover district of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover. After training as a journalist, she studied theology and philosophy in Münster, Bochum and Jerusalem and was a consultant for theology at the Research Center of the Protestant Study Community in Heidelberg. Petra Bahr received her doctorate from the University of Basel in 2002 and taught at the University of Frankfurt a. M. She was Cultural Commissioner of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany and headed the Policy and Advice Department of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation e.V. Petra Bahr has been a member of the German Ethics Council since 2020.

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