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Symposium 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches

On Thursday 23 August we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches and the

fellowship that is its heart and soul. During this day the Protestant Theological University Amsterdam will be organizing a Symposium on Hospitality: On a Pilgrim’s Way of Justice and Peace 

How can you be a host of peace for someone else? What kind of theology of Hospitality do we need?  Venue Auditorium VU Amsterdam.   

The symposium is the bridge between the Youth Festival and the World of Churches anniversary festivities. The Youth Festival takes place in the days before the symposium. A mix of youngsters (19 - 25 years old) from (inter)national churches in the Netherlands and from other parts of the world experience what it means to be on a pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.


10.30 – 11.00 hours: Welcome
11.00 – 13.00 hours: Symposium

During the symposium TEDtalks and interviews led by Mechteld Jansen (rector PThU) and Marten van der Meulen (moderator). Guests will be:

  • Dr. Agnes Aboum, Moderator of WCC Central Committee
  • Rev. Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit, General Secretary WCC Geneva
  • Mathilde Sabbagh, National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, in Al-Hassakeh, Noord-Syrië
  • Naila Kassab, President World Community of Reformed Churches
  • Mpho Tutu van Furth, Executive Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
  • Kathleen Ferrier, honorary professor Asian University for Women, former Member of Dutch Parliament and former coordinator of SKIN 

This is an opportunity to mark the achievements of the past 70 years in working for Christian unity and action, and to look to the challenges ahead as a fellowship of churches. With 348 member churches and more than 500 million christians in over 110 countries, we join the pilgrimage of justice and peace. The people meeting in the symposium are a mix of the youngsters, theologians, guests of the World of Churches festivities and others who are interested in the topic.

Walk of Peace

After the symposium you can join the Walk of Peace through Amsterdam. It will be an extraordinary walk with many people! Participants of the symposium will join together at halteplaats Nieuwmarkt at 2.15 pm. Metro 51 from the PThU/VU. You can register for the Walk of Peace by sending an email to raadvankerkenamsterdam@gmail.com.

Worship Service

You are also welcome to participate in the international worship service in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam city centre, Dam square, 16.00 h., commemorating 70 years of the World Council of Churches.  Upon registration for the symposium we will inform you about registration for the worship service as well. If you want to attend this celebration in Amsterdam, you are welcome to use the following link to register: http://www.aanmelder.nl/70jaarwcc.

Registration for the symposium

Please fill in the form below and register before August 13 for the Symposium.