Conference on Receptive Ecumenism

International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism

Transforming Ecumenism – ”listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches” (Rev 2:7)

TWO major international events are now planned.

Sigtuna, Sweden, 27-30 June 2022

Originally, the conference was planned to be held in June 2020, but due to the on-going Corona Pandemic, the conference has been postponed to 2022.

Receptive Ecumenism is a fresh ecumenical methodology emphasizing receptivity, learning, and listening. Since its inception, the concept has taken root in many diverse contexts around the globe.

The fifth international conference on Receptive Ecumenism will continue exploring the ecclesiological reparative, critical constructive task of ecumenical ecclesiology that was introduced in the previous conferences.

At this conference, we hope to take this process a step further as we will reflect on the transformative impact of Receptive Ecumenism as an instrument for ecclesial transformation. To which extend are the churches willing to “listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches” (Rev 2:7)? As in the previous conferences, we will have the opportunity to listen to our keynote speakers in plenaries as well as to paper presentations in a number of parallel sessions.

On the Way to Sigtuna: Online ”Pre-Conference” in June 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Sigtuna 2022 committee, in partnership with the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University (UK), will host an online “Pre-conference” in June next year. This one-day digital event is open to all and will both provide an excellent preparation for the main conference in 2022, and offer an introduction to the topic for any interested scholars, church leaders, and ecumenical practitioners.

“Heeding the Spirit: New Horizons in Receptive Ecumenism” will be held online – 17 June 2021.

The pre-conference will include a short introduction to Receptive Ecumenism, a series of short, highly accessible talks by leading voices in the field (including some of the invited speakers to the 2022 Sigtuna conference) and time for discussion and sharing. There will also be chance to hear about the Sigtuna conference in more details, and some exciting forthcoming publications.

The Pre-Conference will be recorded.

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