IRTI Conference 2017

The eleventh biennial international IRTI conference was held from Thursday 15 June till Sunday 18 June 2017 in Hong Kong (China). The Lutheran Theological Seminary, one of the major theological seminaries of the city, the country and the region, with a strong international profile and staff, and attracting students from all over Southeast Asia and beyond, was our host.


The theme of this conference concerned the relevance of theology and the Reformed tradition, in particular to the contexts in which we live and work, especially when it comes to the presence of theology in the public square. The aim was not so much to discuss the concept of public theology. Rather was the broad theme of ‘public theology in plural contexts’ meant as an invitation to all of the participants to express and share our real concerns in doing theology in each of our particular societal and cultural contexts with their particular challenges and urgencies.   

Keynote speakers

The following theologians offered a keynote lecture during the conference:

  • Dr. Richard Mouw, Professor of Faith and Public Life and Emeritus President, Fuller Theological Seminary (USA)
  • Dr. Zhibin Xie, Professor of Christian Philosophy and Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Tongji University, Shanghai (China)
  • Dr. Mery Kolimon, Lecturer in Contextual Theology at the Theological Faculty, Artha Wacana Christian University, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (Indonesia)
  • Dr. Tinyiko Maluleke, Professor in African Spirituality and Culture, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Dr. Carver Yu, Abundant Grace Distinguished Professor and Emeritus President of China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong (China)

Position paper

Read the position paper of the 2017 IRTI conference.


Read the programma of the conference.

Report of Activities

At the conference a Report of Activities was presented.


Some pictures have been taken during the conference.