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Dr. Maryana Hnyp

  • Christianity
  • Belgium
  • Female
  • Belgium
  • Northern Europe
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Founder and Chair of the KU Leuven Lifestance Network and Coordinator of Interreligious and Ecumenical Relations at KU Leuven

Maryana is the founder and chair of the KU Leuven Lifestance Network and coordinator of interreligious and ecumenical relations at KU Leuven. She holds a PhD in theology with a specialisation in social and personalist ethics, and an Advanced MA in European studies from KU Leuven with a specialisation in fundamental rights of the European Union. Previously, Maryana worked at Caritas Europa as an institutional development officer, responsible for communion and participation, capacity building and knowledge management as well as practical embedment of the Catholic Social Thought into institutional and organizational developments. She also assumed responsibilities of theological advisor to legal advisor for fundamental rights and legal advisor for institutional and social affairs at the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), and as Director of Religious Education for the international students within the University Chaplaincy of KU Leuven. She lectures on subjects of catholic social thought, social inclusive participation, peacebuilding and reconciliation in universities throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Flavours that connect: Multifaith Recipe Book
The current product constitutes a part of the initiative proposal. Regrettably, due to the coronavirus multiple lockdowns, it was not possible to either hold visits to different religious communities, nor to organise shared meals and/or cooking workshops. Instead (and with the permission of the KAICIID secretariat), we focused our attention on creating the Multifaith Recipe Book. As sharing meals is one of the fundamental aspects of many religious and cultural traditions, and is constitutive of community-building, this cookbook is intended to bring people together while cooking and enjoying meals together. For those, who enjoy reading more than cooking, this book immerses its readers into the fascinating worlds of ancient and contemporary faith traditions, colours and tastes, stories and rituals. We hope that this contribution will help people to discover (culinary) diversity of familiar and not-so-known faith traditions and perhaps will bring people closer together in celebrating this richness. As many of such meals are closely associated with a particular date or season, the recipes here are accompanied by a narrative from the sacred books or the tradition, in which this dish is mentioned, and followed by an explanation of religious symbolism of this meal. Whenever possible we try to provide symbolic value of the ingredients, the meaning of the combinations, colours, as well as the peculiar ways of cooking, serving and consuming these special meals. Each section is concluded by a traditional or the most beloved prayer before meal from a corresponding faith or cultural tradition.