No peace
without dialogue

Enhance

respect and mutual understanding among members of different religions traditions.

Bring together

people from different religious experience and ethnic background to help understand diversity.

Eastern European Forum for Dialogue - BRIDGES

Create contacts

with men and women of different religious communities in Bulgaria and in Eastern European countries.

Promote tolerance

and equality between men and women in the professional domain, especially in the Theological domain – Teaching and Research.

 

We are
an NGO that brings together people of faith
from different religious traditions.

Angelina Vladikova

Chair of BRIDGES.
Angelina is Eastern Orthodox Christian, with Master degree in Ecumenical Theology from Geneva University and Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland. She is actively involved in practical dialogue among people from different faiths in Bulgaria. Her interests are working with youth, art, ecology and women issues. Currently Angelina serves as URI Europe CC Liaison Officer.

Diana Hussein

Board of Trustees of BRIDGES.
Diana was born and raised in a mixed Palestinian Bulgarian family. Expert and consultant in the field of PR and communications, and has organized many cultural events. Responsible for the positive image of the association as well as for promoting the organization's activities, contacts with institutions and partners. Diana believes that coordination in the implementation of each event is crucial to its success.

Asen Minkov

Member of BRIDGES.
Asen is a Bulgarian Muslim with a background in Arabic Linguistics and Theology. Graduated from universities in Jordan and Bulgaria. Currently holding an MA in Modern Bulgarian Linguistics and aspires to pursue a PhD in the same field. Participated in multiple scientific and cultural conferences. On the side, he is a successful director of a private company specialized in agriculture.

Petar Gramatikoff

Vice President of BRIDGES. 
Mr. Gramatikoff is a hierodeacon of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and Doctor of the Universal Orthodox Church. He is currently the Chief Expert in religious questions in the municipality of Plovdiv. He has been working for years in the field of human rights, defending the traditional view of Orthodox church in terms of respect for all beliefs, beside all theological conceptions.

Kalina and Boris

Professional photographers, members of BRIDGES.
Kalina is an Eastern Orthodox Christian and Boris is a Roman Catholic. Isn't it magical to capture an emotion within a four-sided frame? It is even more exciting when your shot makes others ponder, ask questions, search, dream... And it's a rewarding experience when you see your photos' ability to bring out the good in people. That's us - ordinary storytellers, using pictures.

Svetlana Karadzhova

Board of Trustees of BRIDGES.
Svetlana is a Roman Catholic. Linguist by education, loves writing and overcoming great challenges. Lives by the principle "Think globally, act locally", full of enthusiasm to realize interesting ideas in the communities she belongs to. Skilled in transforming public response into good PR, thus creating opportunities for future initiatives.

Laura Farooq Sani

BRIDGES - Youth leader.
I consider myself a Muslim, born in Bulgaria. Studied Islamic theology, but that does not depict the full spectrum of my interests. I am fond of topics related to discrimination, religious dialogue, psychology and social inclusion. We should act as the change we would like to see around us. Simply being the change is not enough. Taking bold steps to inspire others and navigate them throughout the process is what counts.

 

Events
and projects that we have organized

We are part of the global grassroots interfaith network - United Religions Initiative

uri-logouri-logo