Taking responsibility – giving hope – being visible

The churches that emerged from the 16th-century Reformation throughout Europe are currently experiencing changes that deeply affect their self-understanding, social status and internal structure. The question arises as to how far the Protestant churches can reach into society. Although secular manifestations of fundamental Protestant beliefs have permeated societies, they are no longer actually recognised as being “Protestant”.

At this conference, we want to discuss where Protestant influences manifest themselves in our European societies and where Protestantism becomes visible. We will examine these issues with reference to a range of religious-sociological and ecclesiological approaches. At the same time, we shall also consider the point at which Protestantism can and should assume responsibility and what rays of hope it can offer to society. The conference thus aims to reveal the binding points of Protestantism in Europe.