Amongst EARS’s activities are general meetings, the development of a religious dashboard, publications, the website and the publication of white papers.
EARS is set up to be a sounding board for politicians, decision makers and opinion leaders. In order to address some of the most urgent, relevant and pressing themes of our times, EARS organises round-table discussions and expert meetings.
EARS focuses its round-table sessions around three axes. These axes have been chosen because they represent the themes EARS considers to be highly relevant for the upcoming years. Secondly, these axes also represent fields that can be connected one to another. Cross-overs are possible, even desirable. In each of these axes, EARS will try to show the influence of religious issues aspects and make them debatable.
These axes are:
- Gender, sexuality and religion. This axis has been chosen because the themes of gender and sexuality have become key issues that have proven to easily further polarise different groups and their senses of identity. In that sense, it also touches on underlying themes such as identity, vulnerability, empowerment, a sense of minority and discrimination.
- Technology, genetics and religion. Technology allows us to discover new possibilities and, for example, to eliminate deadly diseases, though at the same time it raises the question of the artificiality of human life. This demands a new approach to the question of the sense(-lessness) of life. Furthermore, there is the question about the accessibility of modern technology. Does it exacerbate social divisions?
- Security, economics and religion. Economics is considered to be one of the main structures of our society, and its dynamics touch on essential issues such as democracy, education and security. Security in this case is understood as the stability of societal structures. In this field, EARS also wants to deal with the question of the viability, viz. the revitalization, of the heritage of Christianity and Enlightenment.
In short, concentrating on these three axes, EARS focuses on societal issues in which the religious aspect is a primordial one and which can be considered to be issues our society will have to deal with in the upcoming years.