Conference Vienna

Forum Young Theology 2022
Between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism
Perspectives for a Future Protestantism
May 11-14, 2021 | Cardinal König House, Vienna

European public spheres are increasingly shaped and dominated by nationalist positions. This not only affects the political debates of the respective societies. It also challenges the Protestant churches as actors in these societies. On the one hand, Protestant churches are strongly rooted in their own historically and culturally shaped narratives. On the other hand, as Protestants, they are part of European Protestantism and worldwide Christianity. What challenges European public spheres are increasingly shaped and dominated by nationalist positions. This not only affects the political debates of the respective societies. It also challenges the Protestant churches as actors in these societies.

On the one hand, Protestant churches are strongly rooted in their own historically and culturally shaped narratives. On the other hand, as Protestants, they are part of European Protestantism and worldwide Christianity. Which challenges do young theologians see for their churches through strengthening nationalisms? Which importance do they attach to their own national roots for their Protestant identity? Which perspectives do young theologians see between nationalism and cosmopolitanism for their own future as Protestants in Europe? These and similar questions will be explored by the Young Forum Theology 2021.

Target group: Advanced students of theology, doctoral candidates, pastors, religious education teachers, catechists (up to 35 years)

Day I, 11.05.2021 | Wednesday
17:00 Presentation
18:00 Keynote: Nationalism and Protestantism
Prof. Dr. Sabine Hiebsch (inquired)
19:30 Dinner and city exploration

Day II, 12.05.2021 |Thursday
07:30 Breakfast
08:45 Morning Prayer
09:00 Keynote: Networked Christianity
Prof. Dr. Miriam Rose (inquired)
10:00 Country Reports I
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Country Reports II
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Country Reports III
19:00 Dinner

Day III, 13.05.2021 | Friday
07:30 Breakfast
08:45 Morning Prayer
09:00 Work on theses in groups
(1) Theology between nationalism and cosmopolitanism. An ecumenical project
(2) Christianity in a global world. Church as a network
(3) Limits of understanding. Future issues
11:00 Presentation/discussion of the theses
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Excursion: Austria Culture
17:00 Contact with the Protestant Churches
Keynote: Protestantism in Austria
N.N.
19:00 Dinner

Day IV, May 14 | Saturday
07:00 Breakfast
08:45 Morning Prayer
09:00 Further work on the theses in groups
10:00 Plenary discussion on the theses
11:00 Conference feedback
12:30 Blessing of the journey