It is said that churches are emptying, but is this true? And even if they do not go to mass regularly, many people still want to mark the great moments of their lives (marriage, baptism, death, etc.). However, another demand is increasingly emerging: that of “alternative”, “tailor-made” or “atypical” ceremonies. Rituals and ceremonies mark our lives, from our birth to our death. But is spirituality really losing ground? Why do traditional ceremonies no longer meet today’s needs? What are believers looking for elsewhere?
Participants in the monthly Café Scientifiques will discuss the controversial topic: Is there still a need for ceremonies and prayers or not?
The Cafés Scientifiques of the University of Fribourg (http://events.unifr.ch/cafes-scientifiques) allow experts from within and outside our institution, as well as citizens, to dialogue together on a chosen topic. They take place in the Salle du Nouveau Monde, adjacent to the Café de l’Ancienne Gare, one Wednesday a month between 6pm and 7.30pm. The discussions continue afterwards over an aperitif.