Ecumenism in Times of Conflict and War: Historical and Contemporary Experiences and Reflections

NIME-Lund symposium: NIME2023 AGM in conjunction with CTR, Lund University


Dates: March 13, 2023 (seminar) and March 14 (PhD seminar)

Time: March 13: 10:00 – 18:00 + Evening dinner; March 14: Before lunch (TBA)

Theme of seminar: "Ecumenism in Times of Conflict and War: Historical and Contemporary Experiences and Reflections"


-    Peter-Ben Smit (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
-    Reggie Nel (University of Stellenbosch)
-    Sara Gehlin (University College Stockholm)
-    Dimitrios Keramidas (St Thomas Aquinas University, Rome)
-    Panel

Morning program in H140 (SOL building, Finngatan 1)

10:00 – 10:30    Fika: Coffee & snack in front of H140

10:30 – 11:00

  • Welcome from local organizers (Jakob Wirén, Lund University)
  • Welcome from NIME (Stian Sørlie Eriksen, NIME chair)
  • Brief round of introductions
  • A brief introduction to the chosen theme (Jonas Jørgensen, NIME board)

11:00 – 11:45   Peter-Ben Smit: "Ecumenical Theology and the Prefiguration of the World to Come"

11:45 – 12:00    Break

12:00 – 12:45    Sara Gehlin: "A Year for Peace? Approaching 2025 in the Company of Pioneers in Ecumenical History"

12:45 – 14:15    Lunch at Café Lux, LUX building, Helgonavägen 3A

Afternoon program in B152, LUX building, Helgonavägen 3B

14:15 – 15:00    Dimitrios Keramidas: "Ecumenism Facing War. A Deadlock or an Ecclesiological Challenge?"

15:00 – 15:15    Break

15:15 – 16:00    Reggie Nel: "The Role of Ecumenism, Church and Missiology in Conflict, from an African Postcolonial Perspective"

16:00 – 16:30    Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30    Panel discussion

17:30 – 17:45/18:00    Concluding remarks

18:00-19:00    NIME Annual general meeting – everyone is welcome!

19:00 – 21:00    Dinner: Staff Dining room, LUX, Helgonavägen 3A

PhD Seminar

The conference is followed by a PhD seminar for mission studies, world Christianity, ecumenism, and related disciplines on Tuesday March 14 at 9-12, LUX:B232, and lunch afterwards. In case you wish to present a paper or attend otherwise in the PhD seminar, send a message to Jakob Wirén (jakob.wirenctr.luse). The papers to be presented need to be sent at least a week before, that is by noon on the 7th of March.


The seminar is free but please use this link for registration:

For more information: vera.la_melactr.luse


The seminar is organized by Vera la Mela (CTR, Lund University), Jakob Wirén (CTR, Lund University), Stian Sørli Eriksen (VID University/NIME Board) and Jonas Adelin Jørgensen (NIME board).

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