Reflecting on good life

Which sources do we use to define what good (and bad) life is? How do people implement those sources? What makes a source or an activity that furthers good life in times of crisis ‘religious’? What does a Christian understanding and how do Christian practices contribute to good life? How do competing views and practices of good life relate and interact? Can various ways of looking at what good is and how it is obtained, exist side by side? Can we learn from takes on good life that differ from ours? And, importantly, is good life in times of crisis for one compatible with good life for another? Can good life for humans also be good for animals and nature – and the other way around? Theologians and religious scholars came to reflect on these questions with us.

Watch keynotes


Our programme was as follows. 

Keynote speakers

You can watch all keynote lectures via our YouTube channel:

  • Dr. Aruna Gnanadason
    Former director of the programme on Women in Church and Society of the World Council of Churches
  • Dr. Cynthia Rigby
    W. C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Allan Boesak
    Cleric, politician, and anti-apartheid activist from South-Africa
  • Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp
    Reform rabbi, spiritual leader and peacemaker


Young Theologians Panel

You can wach the Young Theologians Panel via our YouTube channel:

  • Tabitha van Krimpen
    Theology master student, Young Theologian of the Netherlands 2021-2022
  • Almatine Leene
    PhD, Theologian of the Netherlands 2020-2021, ordained minister, author, lecturer
  • Thandi Soko-de Jong MTh ResMA
    PhD candidate studying Jesus as healer images in light of chronic health conditions
  • Martijn Stoutjesdijk
    Completed a PhD study on slavery in early Christian and early Jewish parables
  • Ruben van Zwieten
    Ordained minister and founder of De Nieuwe Poort Zuidas Weena Valencia
  • Elsbeth Gruteke
    Panel moderator; Dutch radio host, historian, theologian and minister

Our venue: on location in Amsterdam or online

You can join our international conference at our beautiful venue Vrijburg in Amsterdam, or from the comfort of your own home. Vrijburg is located within walking distance from the Amsterdam Zuid train and metro stations. Our on location keynotes and panel sessions will be livestreamed via our Zoom Events conference platform, which will provide online attendees with as much of the conference experience as possible. Please download our programme to see which paper sessions are available on location and online.


Registration is closed. We hope to see you at our next conference!

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