Nov 05

21ste Henri Nouwen Lezing: “Een kooi ging op zoek naar een vogel”

Op zaterdag 23 november 2019 spreekt Erik Borgman de Henri Nouwen Lezing uit. De schrijver, spreker en denker Erik Borgman wil “midden in de wereld van secularisatie en ontkenning van God, handelen, denken en spreken alsof God zou bestaan”. De gelovige mens, aldus Borgman, moet Jezus navolgen en zich begeven in gebieden en gemeenschappen die er eigenlijk niet bij horen. In tijden van vervlakkingen en onverschilligheid spoort hij hartstochtelijk en met humor iedere mens aan zich te beseffen dat hij of zij door God gezocht wordt. De lezing van Erik Borgman wordt muzikaal omlijst door Anastasia Voitjoek (zang, bandoera) en Stanislav Kirillov (slagwerk).
De 21ste Henri Nouwen Lezing vindt plaats in de Janskerk aan het Janskerkhof in Utrecht op zaterdag 23 november 2019, aanvang 19:30. De toegang gratis, maar u moet wel reserveren: of Avenue Concordia 117, 3062 LG Rotterdam. Erik Borgman is hoogleraar theologie aan de universiteit van Tilburg en directeur van het Cobbenhagen Center. Zie ook de website van de Henri Nouwen Stichting.

May 06

Wounded identities in Central and Eastern Europe

Just recently appeared the very interesting book Freiheit und Populismus. Verwundete Identitäten in Ostmitteleuropa (Freedom and Populism. Wounded identities in Central and Eastern Europe) by András Máté-Tóth. The foundation Communicantes was very happy to further the realisation of this study into the changes of Central and Eastern European society since the fall of communism in 1989. Focusing on the historical wounds of the region and its specific memory culture Máté-Tóth tries to explain the significance of religion and of populism in the post-communist context of Central and Eastern Europe. A major part of the book is dedicated to the role of religion and its future challenges. Professor András Máté-Tóth, 1957, is a theologian, a sociologist of religion and a media expert. He is full professor of Religious Studies at the University of Szeged, Hungary. The introduction, table of content and epilogue can be found on the website of Springer Verlag.

Mar 27

Europe with(out) a Heart or Soul

Communicantes 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/USA) and András Máté-Tóth (Hungary) examined the possible contribution of religion. You can now watch both speakers on Youtube.


Nov 27

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

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
Press release / Persbericht

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.

Dec 22

Among pine and oak a child is born

Felix dies Nativitatis
Frohe Weihnachten
Merry Christmas
Joyeux Noël
Zalig Kerstfeest
З Різдвом Христовим
С Рождеством Христовым
Communicantes – constructief en wederzijds
– konstruktive und wechselseitige Verständigung
– constructive collaboration and mutual understanding – Rom. / Röm. 12,13

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

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

Mar 30


Verhef het Oekraïnereferendum van 6 april 2016  boven GeenPeil. Een ‘ja’-stem is een stem voor een betere toekomst voor Oekraïne. Een ‘nee’-stem een knieval voor Russische propaganda, bodemloze angst en emotie. Een brede, losse coalitie van gelovigen, maatschappelijke activisten en zakenwereld maakt zich breed voor een breuk met het communistische verleden. Die verdient onze steun. Lees hier de kerkelijk geëngageerde stemmen.