The Conference in Liebfrauenberg

On October 24 – 27, 2010, a conference was held in Liebrauenberg (France), organized by the Evangelical Church in Würtemberg. The theme was "Justice and Peace give a buss Each Other: On the Way to the Ecumenical Peace Convocation of 2011".

The opening comments and introductions were followed by a lecture by Prof. Dr. Ina Willi-Plein from Hamburg on the theme: "Peace and Justice Reflected in the Old Testament Prophecy". The lecturer highlighted the meaning of the Old Testament concepts of shalom and c´daka, which she emphasized are not identical concepts but belong together.

The next lecture by Dr. Marco Hofheinz was entitled, “Righteous War, Righteous Peace: Ethical Reflection on the Paradigm Conflict." He focused on the relation between the concepts of "righteous war" and "righteous peace".

The first day of the conference closed with the Program of the International Ecumenical Proclamation on Righteous Peace and with a meditation on the exhibition entitled “Art of Peace”. These pictures and sculptures against violence illustrate the theology of peace and can serve as an inspiration and meditation for work in the church, school and work with young people.

Tuesday began with an introduction of the guests from partner churches. The participants were apprised of the structure and organization of the churches, the main work of the ECAC in Slovakia, and the project “Donau-FriedensWelle”, which has the goal of using the river Danube - historically a symbol of war and conflict - as a symbol of atonement and peace. It is part of the project entitled “Decade against Violence”. The main theme of these projects is peace – and they will be included in the program of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation that will take place in Jamaica on May 17 – 25, 2011.

Dr. Marco Hofheinz in his lecture entitled “Theological Contexts of the Proclamation on the Righteous Peace – Exegetical and Theological – Ethical Interpretation” explained the theological arguments for the Declaration on the Righteous Peace, and he pointed to the use of Christological allegations in the New Testament.

The work in the groups was also very important. The task was reading and exegetic work with the key words of the latter prophets in the Old Testament. The conclusion of the work was that in all three texts is the same basis of the thing, but in three different formulations. They express the hope for all, but not only eschatological hope. They point to the fact that every person has the possibility of living an integrated economic and political life.

On the last day of the conference Ulrich Frey, Christof Grosse and Ulrich Schmitthenner presented the preparations underway for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation that will take place in Jamaica on May 17 – 25, 2011. They informed participants of the important dates of worship services and preparatory meetings and presented informational booklets related to the theme.

Erika Valková-Krišťáková, Eva Germanová | 17.12.2010

back to category

Grafické spracovanie:Ladislav Menyhart