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Agenda XII. International Bonhoeffer Congress

Engaging Bonhoeffer in a Global Era: Christian Belief, Witness, Service
Wednesday, 6. July 2016 to Sunday, 10. July 2016

International Bonhoeffer Societies
Institute for Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion (Zürich)
Mission 21

Contact persons at Mission 21
General lead:
Magdalena Zimmermann
Head of Department: «Education, Exchange, Research»
Tel: +41 (0)61 260 22 59
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Questions concerning registration:
Christa Nadler
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Sponsors: This Congress is sponsered by the Reformed Churches of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Solothurn, Schweizerische Evangelische Kirchenbund (SEK), Theological Faculty of the University of Basel, Basel Mission, Fondation Oecumenique Oscar Cullmann and further donors.

You are cordially invited to the XII. International Bonhoeffer Congress which will be held in July 2016 at Mission 21 in the heart of Basel.

The conference will explore the ways in which Dietrich Bonhoefferʼs own theology was shaped by international experiences and ecumenical contacts. It will, at the same time, reflect upon the fact that it was not developed in a globalised world as we presently understand it. Our era is qualified by worldwide travelling, fast electronic communication, the World Wide Web, and the profound interconnectedness of political and economic developments. Can Bonhoefferʼs theology still be of help in this world, and if so, how?

The three working days of the conference will focus sequentially on different aspects of this question, investigating the relation between Bonhoeffer’s theology and Christian Belief (July 7), Christian Witness (July 8) and Christian Service (July 9) in a global era.

Our main speakers are Pascal Bataringaya (Kigali), Michael P. DeJonge (Tampa), Ulrich H.J. Körtner (Wien), Puleng LenkaBula (Pretoria), Christoph Ramstein (Basel), Esther Reed (Exeter) and Rowan Williams (Cambridge).

Over the course of three afternoons we will have the chance to listen to and discuss over 70 short papers which have been selected from a Call for Papers issued last year. Like our plenary speakers, those offering short papers come from all over the world. The conference languages will be German and English. At the plenary papers delivered each morning, simultaneous translation will be provided.

During the conference, Michael Welker - a leading German theologian for whom Bonhoeffer, alongside Barth, is an important conversation partner - will be awarded the Karl-Barth-Prize of the UEK.

In addition to the main academic lectures and papers participants will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the New Testament of Erasmus, the Karl-Barth-Archive, and the archives of the Basel Mission.

You can still register for Congress participation (without accomodation) or for day passes – for students at a reduced special price (20 CHF). Please use the link registration to see the details. The Congress hotel and the B&B are fully booked.

The conference is organized by the International Bonhoeffer Societies in collaboration with Mission 21, and the Institute of Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion (Zurich).

» program of the congress (as pdf) 

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