The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and it is an occasion for many people and organisations to reflect on what Reformation means today. The project
Reformation – Education – Transformation has been set up in this context. Two international conferences have been planned to address this question:
November 2015 in São Leopoldo (RS), Brazil and
May 2016 in Halle (Saale), Germany,
Around 100 guests coming from countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, North America and Europe will take part. For four days they will focus on how reformational ideas work in different societal contexts and what role reformational education programmes have in transformation processes. Participants will discuss, from their particular perspectives, what it means for Reformation Churches today to express a social witness. They will look for answers on how to contribute to ending human suffering and what an active theology of empowerment can accomplish.
Discussions will take place from various viewpoints of the Churches on what it means to actively participate in democratisation processes, on taking a stand on political participation and alternative development concepts. It is intended to stimulate an exchange on how reformatory traditions relate to religious pluralism and/or secularisation. Concepts of public theology will be debated, just as liberation and transformation education.
The project is intended to contribute from international, intercultural and ecumenical perspectives to issues concerning “Reformation and One World”. Partners will add insights gained from the consultation to the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The following aspects in relation to reformational traditions, will be included from the perspectives of worldwide ecumenical partners:
justice and reconciliation
contextually special forms in the different Churches
the necessity to newly interpret and develop theological core issues
Fruitful consultations in very different contexts
25. Mai 2016 | Last Sunday, the International Twin Consultations on reformation, education and transformation wrapped up at the Francke Foundations in Halle, Germany.
Held six months after the first consultation in São Leopoldo, Brazil, the five-day session in Halle became a vibrant meeting point and a juncture between different religious contexts from the global North and South. The non-religious heritage of communist German Democratic Republic and the oppression of religious institutions and worshippers endured during 40 years of totalitarian rule, added an extra dimension to the consultation.
Internationale Konferenz fordert Kirchen auf, *Agenten des Wandels in reformatorischer Tradition* zu sein
23. Mai 2016 | „Wir waren aus unterschiedlichen konfessionellen Traditionen gekommen und gemeinsam wollten wir die transformative Kraft der Reformation entdecken, nicht als Ereignis der Vergangenheit sondern auf die Zukunft ausgerichtet“, fassten Teilnehmende ihre Erfahrung in einer Erklärung am Ende der Konsultation zusammen.
Zu der Konferenz in Halle hatten sich mehr als 120 Menschen aus 40 Ländern versammelt. Sie war der zweite Teil der „Twin-Konsultation“ über „Reformation – Bildung – Transformation (R-E-T), die mit einer Konferenz in São Leopoldo in Brasilien im November 2015 begonnen hatte.
Global gathering says Reformations *transformative power* can change the world today
23. Mai 2016 | World Council of Churches (WCC)
Global gathering says Reformation’s ‘transformative power’ can change the world today
By Stephen Brown*
A global gathering in the German city of Halle has called on churches to be inspired by the tradition of the Reformation to become agents of transformation.
“We came from different confessional and denominational traditions and together we sought to discover the transformative power of Reformation today, not as a past event but oriented to the future,” participants said in a statement at the end of the 18-22 May consultation.
Luther als großer Rebell - Chrismon Interview mit Christoph Anders, Direktor Evangelisches Missionswerk in Deutschland (EMW)
20. Mai 2016 | EKD
Derzeit treffen sich in Halle/Saale etwa 120 Kirchenvertreter aus rund vierzig Ländern zum ökumenischen Austausch über die reformatorische Tradition in verschiedenen Regionen der Welt. Christoph Anders vom Evangelischen Missionswerk in Deutschland ist einer der Organisatoren der "Twin Consultation“, deren erste Versammlung im November in Brasilien stattfand.
World Communion of Reformed Chuches on Facebook
20. Mai 2016 | More than 120 people from throughout the world are in Halle, Germany, to reflect on how insights from the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago can contribute to transforming the world today. This includes Jerry Pillay, our president, who delivered a keynote address in which he spoke about the consequences of globalization on the economic, political, cultural and religious spheres of society.
“Migration, whether forced or voluntary, changes in family structures, economic, ecological and social pressures have encouraged mobility which has created multiple social and religious identities,” he said. At the same time, racism and ethnic and religious violence in Africa, the United States and across the globe are threatening peace. “These new realities are changing the way we do theology today,” Pillay said.