27, chemin des Crêts de Pregny - 1218 Grand-Saconnex

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

Program

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

 

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                                                                                                                                                      

14:00-15:30
Second Presentation                Religion and Civil Society
Speaker                                   Simone Sinn, Geneva


15:30-16:00                          
Tea Break                               


16:00-18:00
Third Presentation                   Problems with Secularity: Debates among Muslims in the West
Speaker                                   Gé Speelman, Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam

18:30 Dinner                                                                                                                                                                  


Tuesday, October 13


9:00-10:00                            
Biblical views of government (Claire Amos, Geneva)


10:00-12:30
(coffee break 11:00-11:30)
Fourth Presentation:                Church under Muslim Majority Rule
Speaker                                   Dr. Albertus Patty, Jakarta


12:30-14:00 Lunch                                                                                                                                                        


14:00-18:00
    Study Tour in Geneva            


18:30 Dinner                                                                                                                                                                   


Wednesday, October 14


9:00-10:00                            
Quran views and government (Canon Alan Amos, Geneva)


10:00-12:30
(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                                                                                                                                                       


14:00-16:00
Sixt Presentation:                    Religions living together
                                   A Genevan panel


16:00-16:30                          
Tea Break


16:30-18:00
            Continuation of the Panel Discussion

 

18:30 Aperitif followed by festive dinner                                                                                                             


Thursday, October 15


09:00-10:30
Eighth Presentation:                Conversion, Change of Religion
Speaker                                   Johnson Mbila, Nairobi


10:30-11:00                          
Coffee Break


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


After Lunch Departures of International Participants