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Kerkproeverij 2019

28 september tot 29 september
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IAMS Europe Conference

Van 23 augustus 00:00 tot 27 augustus 00:00
Locatie: Sankt Augustin, Duitsland

Thema: Locating European Missions in a wounded world in deep transformation.

Conference Theme: Living and believing in an unstable and vulnerable world has become the prevailing experience and challenge for most societies worldwide, and so too for many parts of Europe, as we move further into the 21st century. Progressive thinking has hit real barriers for some time now, with no clear vision for our common future available, giving way to different forms of retrotopian nostalgia which pronounce revisionist hopes of an imagined past (Zygmunt Bauman, Retrotopia, 2017). Recent analysis, however, proposes reading the profound changes, risks and vulnerabilities of our current world as being part of a deep, even metamorphic transformation (Ulrich Beck, Metamorphosis of the World, 2016).
Against such a backdrop, this conference seeks to locate European missions in that wounded world of deep transformation in a three-fold way:

We start with naming the wounds and transformations, past and present, which haunt European societies and Christian missions – and re-  examine their complex entanglements and complicities in today’s wounded and vulnerable world (day 1).

This allows us not only to revisit theologies of mission, foremost missions ad vulnera, but also to rethink them in new perspectives, especially in light of recent shifts in theology and contexts where vulnerability and deep transformation have long been reflected. Here, a special focus is given to new locations and meanings of baptism as part of a missionary spirituality towards deep transformation in Europe (day 2).

With such locating, distinct areas of vulnerable missions and commitments as resources of healing, renewal and deep transformation for living and believing in today’s world come to the fore (ecclesial futures; engagement for religious freedom; practices of deep solidarity etc.) (day 3). The conference seeks to further interdenominational exchange across Europe´s missiological networks and missionary scholar-practitioners. It represents also a regional (European) conference in preparation for the global IAMS 2020 conference in Sydney on “Powers, Inequalities and Vulnerabilities: Mission in a Wounded World”, 9-14 July, 2020.

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