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22nd Annual Meeting , 26.-28. November 2010
Academy of Mission, Hamburg)

Christian Mission – Ecumenical Witness in a Globalised World

Main Speakers:


Arnd Bünker is head of the Swiss Institute for Pastoral Sociology in St. Gallen and lecturer of pastoral theology at the University of Fribourg. He focuses on the intercultural encounter of Christianities.

Fidon Mwombeki, born in Tanzania, is General Secretary of the United Evangelical Mission (Wuppertal). He reflects on Mission and Evangelisation from an African perspective


Dietrich Werner is WCC programme executive for ecumenical theological education and teaches at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey. In the “Edinburgh 2010” study process he served as a co-convener of the study group on theological education and formation.

The year 2010 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the modern ecumenical movement. In 1910, for the first time in history, the World Mission Conference was convened in Edinburgh (Scotland) with representatives from different ecclesiastical traditions and cultural backgrounds.


Today the notion of mission has radically changed. The transfer of theological doctrines from Europe and North America to colonial territories in the South is replaced by a globalised, diverse and mutually stimulating Christianity. Ultimately the matter of mission cannot be separated from the ecumenical quest for church unity in the light of widely divergent faith traditions.


At the 22nd annual meeting of the Ecumenical Research Forum, young scholars will discuss the understanding of mission today in systematic and practical ways with academics and church representatives. How can one describe the “flow of mission” today? How do we understand Christian witness in a globalised world? What is the place mission holds in the field of ecumenism?


The annual meeting begins on Friday evening with stimulus papers on the theme followed by a discussion (“fishbowlki”). On Saturday morning we continue discussing in a plenary session.

Hereafter participants have a chance to present and discuss their research projects in small groups. Papers do not need to relate to the main theme of the meeting. Presenting in a small group can be especially beneficial for those who are in the first phases of their doctoral research. You do not need to have final definitive results of your research to present! The emphasis in the paper sessions is on the discussion. One can chose between 60 or 90 minutes total time for presentation and discussion. The paper sessions will be organized both in English and in German. Translation is provided, if needed. You can also participate without giving a presentation.

The Annual Meeting also offers a possibility to discuss the main theme in smaller groups, to share information about coming events of interest and discuss the future work of ERF. Please bring with you flyers, posters and other information you would like to share!

In addition to the academic programme we will have the opportunity to pray together, to meet informally during the evenings and to make an excursion.

Preliminary  Schedule

Friday, November 26

05:00 pm          Arrivals

06:00 pm          Supper

07:00 pm          Welcome and Opening

07:45 pm          Initial papers & discussion/“fishbowl”

09:45 pm          Reception (“talks, wine and cheese”)


Saturday, November 27


08:00 am          Morning prayer

08:15 am          Breakfast

09:00 am          Plenary session

10:15 am          Coffee break

10:30 am          Paper sessions I

11:30 am          Paper sessions II

12:30 pm          Lunch

02:30 pm          Paper sessions III

04:00 pm          Coffee break

04:15 pm          Paper sessions IV

05:45 pm          Supper

06:30 pm          Excursion - worship


Sunday, November 28


08:15 am          Breakfast

09:00 am          Morning service

09:30 am          Future activities of ERF

11:30 am          Ecumenical News

12:00 am          Lunch and Closing











Maria Wernsmann

Zu einer Theorie ökumenischer Prozesse



Phillip Tolliday

The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and

GAFCON: A Global Witness from South to North?




Mihai Iordache

Die gegenwärtige christliche Identität in Europa und in der globalisierten Welt



Ville Hassinen

Faith, Love and Good Works. The Finnish-Russian Negotiations in Turku in 1980




Cosmin Pricop

Der Dialog orthodoxer Kirchen mit dem Lutherischen Weltbund. Historische Darstellung und theologische Bewertung



Jane Lee

God's world; Romano Guardini's Theology of Providence