Together with the DeZinnen foundation, Communicantes is investigating possible sources of inspiration for the Europe of tomorrow. We have invited several speakers to share their views – see our flyer in pdf-format. On October 10, the British-Hungarian sociologist Frank Furedi argued that there is far too little attention, even disdain and disrespect for the specific input from Central and Eastern Europe; example is Viktor Orbán’s conservative-national-Christian Hungary. Allegedly, this disrespect is the reason why the Hungary-EU relations are so strained. So, how does the new Hungary look like, you ask yourself. Is it changing into an exemplary conservative-national-Christian country? The website Hungarian Spectrum by the Canadian-American-Hungarian historian Éva S. Balogh gives interesting insights into the political, religious, cultural and social life of her native country.
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.
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Communicantes – constructief en wederzijds
– konstruktive und wechselseitige Verständigung
– constructive collaboration and mutual understanding – Rom. / Röm. 12,13
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
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
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
Please, read our Communicantes Newsletter 2016/1 with a short reflection on the year 2015 in the light of the present “Year of Mercy”.
On 29 May 2015 Frans Hoppenbrouwers of Communicantes discussed the fate of Catholic Social Teaching in Eastern Europe at the Dutch Centrum voor de Sociale Leer van de Katholieke Kerk (CSLK). Follow this link for the text in English: “Catholic Social Teaching in Eastern Europe. Faith and Action as Types of Self-Secularisation in the Context of the One Europe ”.
Please, read our Communicantes Newsletter 2015/1 with a short description of our main activities in the first half of 2015.
– our mini-conference ‘The Churches and the war in Ukraine. What do the Churches contribute to peace and reconciliation?’ on 4 April 2015
– a meeting of Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic religious sisters from the Netherlands and Eastern Europe who put on boxing gloves at a five day ecumenical meeting in the Netherlands (1/5 June 2015).
@Communicantes we are looking back to an interesting and inspiring meeting between religious sisters from Eastern Europe and from the Netherlands.* We discussed the sources, inspiration, difficulties, rewards and future of religious life with input from different parts of Europe and from different religious traditions: Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. For pictures, see Facebook.