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Protestant churches have a long tradition of participatory decision-making processes. Already at the beginning of the Reformation movement, a dynamized understanding of institutions was effective.

The present is massively characterized by the erosion of membership in political parties, churches and associations. But at the same time, new digital and analogue participation formats are arising. Established institutional participation formats, such as parliaments and synods, are complemented by non-institutional activist movements. This leads a pluralization of public discourse and an emergence of new discourse spaces.

The Digital Academy brings together interdisciplinary experts, who will analyse different protestant cultures of participation in Europe and will discuss perspectives for a future Protestantism.

The Digital Academy will start on 3 November 2022 with seven lectures every two weeks from 6 to 8 pm.

Priesthood of all believers
Dr. Adrian Schleifenbaum, Protestant Pastor in Gießen/Germany


Church and Diaspora – Participation in the Minority Situation
Dr. Marcus Hütter, Protestant Pastor in Austria, Graz


Best practice: Junge Kirche Gießen – a church for young people, Alexander Klein, Junge Kirche Gießen/Germany, Nathalie Neumann, Junge Kirche Gießen/Germany


Shelter and advocate? – Church and minorities
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dietz, Fokus Theologie – adult education of the Protestant Church in Switzerland
Irène Schwyn, Protestant Church in Switzerland and part of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups


Church and environmental protection
Dr. Elfriede Dörr, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania, Sibiu


From Diaconia to Philadelphia
Anne Sophie Wislocki, Eurodiaconia, Brussels/Belgium


Peace Ethics – Protestant Perspectives
PD Dr. Christine Schliesser, Insitute of Social Ethics, University of Zurich/Switzerland
Dr. Dieter Baumann, Expert on Military Ethics, Bern/Switzerland



The date for a follow-up conference has already been set for 12-15 April 2023 in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania. Here you can register

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