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2015 Colloquium - John Knox International Reformed Center - October 12 to 15

What are the various complex relationships that the Christian and Islamic faiths maintain with the states in which they exist?
Renowned experts will focus on this question at the 2015 international colloquium of the John Knox International Reformed Center.

The multiple angles of these relationships will be discussed from both transversal and comparative perspectives. This conference emphasizing both inter-religious dialogue and institutional dialogue seems indispensable at this moment in time.

The unprecedented migrations of populations along with the ever ongoing restructuring of the nature of Belief are challenging people’s relationship with the state and require very great attention.

This needs religion to return to its vocation; that of reaching out to the Other through dialogue, mutual tolerance and to be a place of constructive interrogation for States.

President of the Program Commission of JKIRC Dimitri Andronicos


Religion and state
A comparison between Christianity and Islam
11-15 October 2015, John Knox Centre, Geneva, Switzerland


Sunday, October 11

Arrival in Geneva (for international participants)

Evening:         17:30 – 18:30             Welcome: Aperitif at John Knox
18:30              Dinner at John Knox 

 Monday, October 12

9:00-10:00                             Registration

10:00-10:30                           Welcome & Introduction

10:30                                      Coffee Break                                                                                                                        

11:00 – 12:30
First Presentation                    Religion and State: Global varieties of relations
                                                           An international panel

12:30-14:00 Lunch                                                                                                                                                      

Second Presentation                Religion and Civil Society
Speaker                                   Simone Sinn, Geneva

Tea Break                               

Third Presentation                   Problems with Secularity: Debates among Muslims in the West
Speaker                                   Gé Speelman, Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam

18:30 Dinner                                                                                                                                                                  

Tuesday, October 13

Biblical views of government (Claire Amos, Geneva)

(coffee break 11:00-11:30)
Fourth Presentation:                Church under Muslim Majority Rule
Speaker                                   Dr. Albertus Patty, Jakarta

12:30-14:00 Lunch                                                                                                                                                        

    Study Tour in Geneva            

18:30 Dinner                                                                                                                                                                   

Wednesday, October 14

Quran views and government (Canon Alan Amos, Geneva)

(coffee break 11:00-11:30)
Fifth Presentation:                   Separation of Church and State: A Christian model?
Speaker                                   Laszlo Gonda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary

12:30-14:00 Lunch                                                                                                                                                       

Sixt Presentation:                    Religions living together
                                   A Genevan panel

Tea Break

            Continuation of the Panel Discussion


18:30 Aperitif followed by festive dinner                                                                                                             

Thursday, October 15

Eighth Presentation:                Conversion, Change of Religion
Speaker                                   Johnson Mbila, Nairobi

Coffee Break

11:00-12:30                           Working on the final Report

After Lunch Departures of International Participants