Taking responsibility – giving hope – being visible
The churches that emerged from the 16th-century Reformation throughout Europe are currently experiencing changes that deeply affect their self-understanding, social status and internal structure. The question arises as to how far the Protestant churches can reach into society. Although secular manifestations of fundamental Protestant beliefs have permeated societies, they are no longer actually recognised as being “Protestant”.
At this conference, we want to discuss where Protestant influences manifest themselves in our European societies and where Protestantism becomes visible. We will examine these issues with reference to a range of religious-sociological and ecclesiological approaches. At the same time, we shall also consider the point at which Protestantism can and should assume responsibility and what rays of hope it can offer to society. The conference thus aims to reveal the binding points of Protestantism in Europe.
During the course of the conference, we will explore the historic city centre of Wrocław and make excursions to Krzyżowa and Świdnica. Krzyżowa was the meeting place of the German resistance group “Kreisau Circle”. Now it is a modern conference centre. The aim of Krzy ż owa is supporting peaceful and tolerant existence of nations, social groups, and individuals in Europe. Ś widnica is located 8 km from Krzyżowa. In Świdnica we will visit the Church of Peace. It is named after the peace of Westphalia 1648 that permitted the Lutherans in the Roman Catholic Parts of Silesia to build churches.
Breslau-Wrocław/PL, 4.-8. April 2018
Die Veranstaltung ist ein Projekt der Gemeinschaft evangelischer Kirchen in Europa (GEKE) und dem Evangelischen Bund Hessen (EBH) für junge Theologen.innen (Senior (Part II) undergraduate or graduate theology students, pastors-in-training and pastors) bis 35 Jahre aus den Mitgliedskirchen der GEKE.
Es dient der Vernetzung von jungen Theologen.innen in Europa und dem Austausch über aktuelle theologische Themen. Die Tagung findet in englischer Sprache statt. Begrenzte Teilnehmer.innenzahl von max. 20 Personen.