Dec 11

Europe and the Public Role of Religion (Background Information)

Communicantes has invited speakers from Eastern Europe to discuss the inspirational resources that are available to us to shape the future of Europe. On January 21, 2019, in Utrecht, Cyril Hovorun (Ukraine) and András Máté-Tóth (Hungary) will examine the possible contribution of religion. In the past, both Hovorun and Máté-Tóth have discussed the actual role and importance of religion in Central and Easter Europe. Here below you will find links to some recent publications.

Cyril Hovorun
* The Church in the Bloodlands (2014)
* Political religion and crises of legitimacy (2017)
* Freedom Speech at the Boris Nemtsov Forum (2018).

András Máté-Tóth
* The Hungarian Religious Leaders’ Statements from the Beginning of the Migration [Crisis] (2016)
* Heiner Hug, ‘Orbánistan?’(interview 2018; in German)
* Youtube: Wounded Collective Identity: Interpreting Central and Eastern Europe (2018).

See also academia.edu (registration required).

Lecture January 21, 2019: Europe and the Public Role of Religion

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Communicantes has invited speakers from Eastern Europe to discuss the inspirational resources that are available to us to shape the future of Europe. On January 21, 2019 two friends of Communicantes – Cyril Hovorun and András Máté-Tóth – will discuss the contribution of religion. We ask ourselves: are we facing the inevitable decline of Europe or are there still renewable resources left that can give Europe a solid cultural and intellectual framework? Can we still expect answers from Christianity after the alleged death of God and the demise of ideology? And does Central and Eastern Europe have a voice of its own that is worth tuning in to? Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun (Orthodox) and Professor András Máté-Tóth (Catholic) come from countries that frequently reach the headlines and probably will continue to do so in the near future: Ukraine and Hungary. While Ukraine wants to join Europe, Hungary seems to be fed up with it. See our flyer in pdf-format (English) and (Dutch). When and where: Monday January 21, 2019, 19.30 – 22.00 u. (open at 19.00 u.), De Kargadoor, Oudegracht 36, 3511 AP Utrecht
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Oct 08

20ste Henri Nouwen Lezing 1 december: Stephan Posner, Zorg het meest menselijke

Zorg wordt steeds meer gezien als een last- en kostenpost maar het tegendeel is waar, aldus gastspreker Stephan Posner. Zorg is het meest essentiële kenmerk van menselijke zingeving, want juist door zorg te geven en te ontvangen wordt iemand wezenlijk mens. Daarom moeten we ons verzetten tegen toenemende economische, financiële en maatschappelijke degradatie van zorg. Stephan Posner is coördinator van L’Arche International, een federatie van 152 gemeenschappen in 37 landen waar mensen met een handicap gelijkwaardig met hun verzorgers samenleven. Posner (1963) was 16 toen hij school verliet en vervolgens als gewetensbezwaarde tegen de militaire dienst als assistent voor L’Arche ging werken. Na een kortstondig oponthoud in het familiebedrijf ging hij terug naar L’Arche.
De 20ste Henri Nouwen Lezing vindt plaats op zaterdag 1 december 2018 om 19.30 uur in de Janskerk, Janskerkhof, Utrecht. De lezing wordt uitgesproken in goed te volgen Engels. Toegang is gratis. Graag aanmelden bij de Henri Nouwen Stichting: nouwen@nouwen.org of Avenue Concordia 117, 3062 LG Rotterdam. Zie ook de website van de Henri Nouwen Stichting.


Oct 08

22nd International Congress Renovabis: Remembrance and Departure

Remembrance and Departure. Paths towards Reconciliation in Europe was the theme of the 22nd International Congress Renovabis on 26th and 27th September 2018. At the Katholische Akademie in Berlin several hundreds of church, NGO and university representatives from Eastern and Western Europe had gathered to reflect on the crises that currently dominate the European area. Remembering the fractious European history of the 20th century, it became clear that over the last few years hidden problems have come to light and barely scarred wounds break open once again. Obviously, there is no way back to history. To overcome old and new conflicts, there is only one way to go, that is, the way of honest dialogue and of genuine reconciliation. See the Renovabis-website.
At the Renovabis Congress, Frans Hoppenbrouwers of Communicantes presented a project “A tool for a future-oriented and future-ready social dialogue in Central and Eastern Europe: Catholic Social Teaching” in one of the workshops. This is a common endeavour of Communicantes with Polish partners “Club of Catholic Intelligentsia” (KIK) and editing house Więź and Pax Christi International.

Sep 18

Lezing 10 oktober: De EU is liberaal noch democratisch

Onlangs betoogde filosoof en historicus Frank Ankersmit, dat onze Europese cultuur en filosofische erfenis versleten is. Europa moet zich daarom op de een of andere manier opnieuw uitvinden. Samen met stichting DeZinnen gaat Communicantes op zoek naar mogelijke bronnen van inspiratie. We beginnen met de Engelse socioloog Frank Furedi die meent dat er veel te weinig oog is voor de inbreng vanuit Midden- en Oost-Europa. Onlangs trok hij publieke aandacht met zijn boek “Populism and the European Culture Wars; The conflict of Values between Hungary and the EU” en een interview in De Volkskrant. Furedi betoogt dat de EU liberaal noch democratisch is, en dat het oude Europa moet inzien dat haar eigen oriëntatie niet heiligmakend is. Furedi spreekt op 10 oktober 2018 in Den Haag bij de Haagse Hogeschool. Voor meer informatie, zie de flyer in pdf-formaat.

May 22

Europe?

Dark clouds are looming over the continent and nobody really knows where we Europeans are heading to. Who wants to understand better what the current mood is, would do well to read the essays of the following three authors. With their good understanding of Central and Eastern Europe, the ‘New Europe’ so to say, they shed sufficiently interesting light on the European predicament.
+ Frank Furedi: Populism and the European Culture Wars: The Conflict of Values between Hungary and the EU (2017)
+ Ivan Krastev: After Europe (2017)
+ Jan Zielonka: Counter-Revolution. Liberal Europe in Retreat (2018).
In their own particular way, all three authors challenge the shallowness of the debate surrounding Europe. Thus Jan Zielonka contends that liberal politicians are as much to blame for the current malaise as the populists they are pointing their finger at.

Dec 16

Contactdag Communicantes: Albanië. Land in transitie

Albanië – land van bloedwraak, armoede en massa-emigratie, maar ook land waar moslims en christenen vreedzaam samenleven en niet langs elkaar heen. Werkt het communistisch verleden nog door in de huidige ontwikkelingen? Hoe dragen religie, leken en religieuze leiders bij tot verwerking van het verleden en  tot de opbouw van een vreedzame, democratische samenleving, die zich kan meten aan de eisen van Europese integratie? En welke bijzondere rol spelen christendom en islam? Deze vragen leggen we voor aan onze inleiders:
Luigj Mila. directeur van de Commissie Justitia et Pax in Albanië
H.E. Adia Sakiqi, ambassadeur van Albanië in Nederland
Ds. Esther Struikmans, auteur van het boek Wat is jullie geheim? Over positief samenleven als christenen en moslims in Albanië
H.E. Dewi van de Weerd, ambassadeur van Nederland in Albanië

De contactdag vindt plaats op zaterdag 4 februari 2017, van 10.30 tot 15.30 uur in Tilburg bij de Fraters van Tilburg, Gasthuisring 54, 5037 ET Tilburg. Dit is op 5 à 10 minuten lopen van Tilburg CS (uitgang achterzijde). De deelnamekosten bedragen € 17,50 inclusief koffie, thee en lunch. Overmaken op NL58 INGB 0002257912 t.n.v. Communicantes Tilburg o.v.v. contactdag. Opgeven vóór 1 februari 2017 bij Stichting Communicantes, postbus 6016, 5002 AA Tilburg, 013 5423782, communicantes@xs4all.nl.

Voor meer informatie, lees de folder en de routebeschrijving.

Enkele links
● Interview met Luigj Mila in Ost-West (Duitstalig)
De Albanese ambassade in Nederland
● Over het boek van Esther Struikmans: Wat is jullie geheim?
De Nederlandse ambassade in Albanië
● BBC: Albania country profile | The country that’s famous for tolerance
● Wikipedia: Albanië | Religion in Albania
● Voor de actualiteit, zie: Facebook

Oct 14

Public Religion, Ambient Faith in Ukraine

What does religion look like, once it has undergone a process of secularisation but refuses to become invisible, private or something neutral? In other words what happens when religion returns to the public arena? Well, it becomes “public religion”. This return is not uncomplicated, because religion has “to negotiate” its presence in the public realm – something which at one given time in the past was entirely unnecessary. Church back then was expected to be present and in a straightforward way; no discussions needed. Continue reading

Oct 07

75th Anniversary of the Executions of Jews in Babyn Yar

Distance in time allows us to sweep many particular historical events (of whatever magnitude) together in one encompassing narrative, as did the Greek Catholic Bishop of Paris Boris Gudziak. On 27 September 2016, he discussed Ukraine’s bloody past in Ukrainian Parliament. Since the Bishop and Communicantes know each other for many years now, it is understood that this happened with good intentions. The Kiev Post-website published Bishop Boris’ text. Continue reading

Oct 07

9th Ecumenical Social Week: Migration, a Challenge to Ukraine

The crisis in Ukraine has caused the internal displacement of some 1.7 million Ukrainians. These so-called Internally Displaced Persons now live shattered all over the country, although most of them settled as close to home as they could be. Theme of the 9th Ecumenical Social Week in Lviv was this internal migration. Organiser was the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Frans Hoppenbrouwers of Communicantes attended this meeting on 28-29 September 2016. Continue reading

May 25

A car accident is a car accident?

Last Thursday 19 May 2016 was held an expert-meeting of the Theology after Gulag research group (ThaG-group). Main coordinator was Dr Katja Tolstaja of INaSEC: the Institute for the Academic Study of Eastern Christianity at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.of INaSEC: The ThaG-group is interreligious and multidisciplinary, and aims at understanding the experience of communist totalitarianism from religious, sociological, historical (and son on) perspectives. Continue reading