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Pelgrimstocht van gerechtigheid en vrede



    A Pilgrimage

    of JUSTICE and PEACE


    Spiritual Roots for an Ecumenical Journey


    Open Colleges 2014 at the VU

    During the X. Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan/South Korea (Nov. 2013), the churches have committed themselves to a common 7-year “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace” – inviting everyone of good will to join. This exciting endeavor aims at building on experiences of the Conciliar Process for Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation as well as the Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010 of the Ecumenical Movement.


    At the Assembly in Busan the churches expressed the strong will to live up together to their call to peace and justice. In the past, that has not always been the case, at times churches have become guilty of being part of violent and unjust structures and violent acts. In order to be faithful, it is clear that the churches themselves have to become communities of peace and justice. This requires a spiritual journey, a “pilgrimage”, that allows the churches to be changed – in order to make a change in a violent and unjust world.


    What are implications of such a “pilgrimage”? What are possible steps?

    The OPEN COLLEGES 2014 will focus on different dimensions of that journey: spiritual, biblical, theological, ecclesiological, and missional as well as contextual, political, and practical. The series provides an opportunity for students as well as for the public to take part in shaping the ecumenical pilgrimage of the coming years.




    Dates: (13.30-15.15h)

    Tuesday 1. April Prof. Dr. Fernando Enns, VU Amsterdam:

    A Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace – the Impulse from the X. Assembly of the World Council of Churches (Busan 2013)


    Thursday 10. April Dominik Gautier, University of Oldenburg, Germany,

    Erasmus-Exchange Lecturer:

    "Amsterdam, 1948: Karl Barth, Reinhold Niebuhr and the Pilgrimage to Reconciliation."


    Tuesday 15. April Prof. Dr. Piet Visser, VU Amsterdam:

    The Pilgrimage to the City of Peace – Theme and Genre of Dutch Mennonite edifying Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries"


    Thursday 17. April Alix Lozano, Colombia:

    „Spiritualities of Peace in Contexts of Violence“


    Thursday 24. April Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, Geneva

    General Secretary of the World Council of Churches


    Tuesday 29. April Prof. Dr. Fernando Enns & Dominik Gautier

    Conclusions, Discussion





    Location: VU Amsterdam

    Tuesdays: Wis- en Natuurkundegebouw,

    6e verdieping, zaal M607 (gang M)

    Thursdays: Hoofgebouw, De Boelelaan 1105, 11A-24


    Please indicate your interest to: Doopsgezind Seminarium, Vera Kok (seminarium@ads.nl)


    For Students: these lectures are part of the Master course “Introduction to Peacetheology” (year 1, period 5).