Draft program

Draft Program of the 13th Biennial IRTI Conference on ‘Calling of the Church in Times of Polarization’ 

Amsterdam, VU/ PThU, July 4-7, 2019

Thursday, July 4

16:00 – 17:30     Registration

17:30 – 19:00     Dinner

Opening and Lecture (moderator: Pieter Vos)

19:00 – 19:15     Opening of the Conference by prof. Pieter Vos, director IRTI

19:15 – 19.30     Word of welcome by prof. Ruard Ganzevoort, dean VU Faculty of Religion and        Theology

19:30 – 19.45     Word of welcome by prof. Mechteld Jansen, rector Protestant Theological University

19.45 – 20.15     Lecture I: Prof. David Daniels, ‘Preclude to a “Post-Xenophobic” Future: Interrogating the Baptism Debate at the Synod of Dordt’

Xenophobia and racism fracture many societies around the world. This lecture will argue that the Synod of Dort’s pan-Reformed debate about baptizing children of non-Christian parents in the Global South offers an inclusive framing of incorporating new peoples into the Christian community. Occurring prior to rise of modern racism during the early 1700s, this baptism debate points to a constructive manner in which difference can inform how societies think of community and peoplehood in terms other than ancestry, land, and language, supplying an alternative to the polarizing currents within today’s world.

20:15 – 20:30     Discussion

20:35 – 20:45     Evening Prayer

Friday, July 5

Lecture (moderator: Heleen Zorgdrager)

9:00 – 9:10         Morning Prayer

9:15 – 9:45         Lecture II: Prof. Nadine Bowers-Du Toit, ‘Can Conviviality Trump Polarization?Exploring the Notion of Conviviality as Calling of the Church in Times of Polarization’

The notion of conviviality (the art and practice of living together) has recently been revived within the field of Diaconia as way in which to think  anew around what it means to “live together in solidarity in sharing resources in the joint struggle for human dignity and sustainable community” (LWF: Seeking Conviviality) . It is also directly linked to calls for justice, dignity and a shared understanding of the common good as a way to seek and build life giving community in direct opposition to the fragmentation brought about through increasing polarization.  This contribution seeks to explore the possibilities inherent in this notion (also in conversation with the African ethic of Ubuntu) for challenging faith communities to engage forces of polarization at grassroots.

 9:45 – 10:00       Discussion on the lecture

10:00 –10:15       Presentation of Journal of Reformed Theology and Studies in Reformed Theology by prof. Eddy Van der Borght

10:15 – 10:45     Break


Paper presentations 1.1, 1.2., 1.3, 1.4  (parallel sessions)

10:45– 11:00      Paper a

11:00 – 11:15     Paper b

11:15 – 11:30     Discussion on both presentations

11:30 – 11:45     Paper c

11:45 – 12:00     Paper d

12:00 – 12:45     Discussion on both presentations

12:45 – 14:00     Lunch and break

 

Paper presentations 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 (parallel sessions)

14:00 – 14:15     Paper a

14:15 – 14:30     Paper b

14:30 – 14:45     Paper c

14:45 – 15:15     Discussion on presentations

15:30 – 16:00     Break

 

Keynote lecture (moderator: Eddy Van der Borght)

16:00 – 16:30     Lecture III: Dr. Andreas Yewangoe, ‘The Calling of the Church in Times of Polarization: An Indonesian Perspective’

This lecture focusses on polarizations in Indonesia, first by elaborating on Indonesia as a pluralistic society. Although the majority of its population is Islamic, Indonesia is not an Islamic state. Next, the place of the churches within this society will be outlined. The churches in Indonesia are also pluralistic, denominationally speaking. Sometimes, it is quite appropriate to speak of polarizations within the churches themselves. Finally, the question is how the churches can bridge polarizations in society as well as in the churches. What kind of theologies should be developed in order to be able to bridge polarizations?

16:15 – 16:30     Discussion

16:30 – 17:00     ?

17:30 – 19:00     Dinner

                                 

Paper presentations 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 (parallel sessions)

19:00 – 19:15     Paper a

19:15 – 19:30     Paper b

19:30 – 19:45     Paper c

19:45 – 20:15     Discussion on presentations

20:20 – 20:30     Evening Prayer


Saturday, July 6

Lecture (moderator: Pieter Vos)

9:00 – 9:10         Morning Prayer

9:15 – 9:45          Lecture IV: Prof. David Fergusson, ‘Can a National Church Survive Secularism?’

Throughout much of European history, churches have functioned as national institutions through their ordinances, geographical organization and social influence. With rapidly declining patterns of attendance and affiliation allied to a commitment to pluralism, much of this seems obsolete. The lecture will explore from a Reformed perspective some ways in which national churches might reassess their socio-political contribution. 

9:45 – 10:00       Discussion

10:00 – 10:40     Meeting of the participants

                           Presentation of Next Conference

10:40 – 11:00     Break

 

Paper presentations 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 (parallel sessions)

11:00 – 11:15     Paper a

11:15 – 11:30     Paper b

11:30 – 11:45     Discussion on both presentations

11:45 – 12:00     Paper c

12:00 – 12:15     Paper d

12:15 – 12:30     Discussion on presentations

12:30 – 14:00     Lunch and Break

 

Paper presentations 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 (parallel sessions)

14:00 – 14:15     Paper a

14:15 – 14:30     Paper b

14:30 – 14:45     Paper c

14:45 – 15:15     Discussion on the presentations

15:30 – ?            Visit to Center of Amsterdam and festive dinner

Sunday, July 7

10:30 – 12:00     Sunday Morning Service at English Reformed Church, Begijnhof Amsterdam (including Holy Communion, reverend dr Lance Stone, Ercadam.nl)

12:30 – 13:00     Farewell Round

13:00 – ?            Picnic hosted by the Congregation of the English Reformed Church

Departures