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IBTS

Programmes

IBTS Ethics Conference: 4-6 May 2022, Amsterdam

The Heart of Christian Ethics: exploring The Sacredness of Life, Justice, Forgiveness, Truth and Love.

Ethics is for everyone! 

We want this conference to be a shared intercultural learning experience open to all. Therefore, we invite pastors, leaders, students, researchers, academics and those from, for example, the fields of politics, journalism, social work, development and education with an interest in the themes of the conference, to join in the conversation and learning experience. Prof. David Gushee, newly appointed to the Chair of Christian Social Ethics at the VU Amsterdam in association with IBTS, will be our theologian in residence. 

Conference Approach will be to:

  • Engage with lived experience

  • Engage with academic contributions

  • Engage in theological reflection

Conference Format

Lived experience

Are the churches in your Union or country having to deal with conflict in society, persecution as Christians, political corruption or other specific ethical issues related to our five themes? If so, we would like to hear your voice, or the voices of those who have to live with, or struggle with, these kinds of issues represented during the conference. The contributions will form the basis for discussion in the conference reflection groups helping ground our reflections in real life contexts.

Can you provide short 10 minute recorded testimonies (video or sound files) for submission during the conference or come and present in person at the conference?

Submissions need to be with us by April 2022.

Guidelines for submissions:

  1. IBTS upholds ethical standards which are commonly accepted in educational and research establishments. We will review your submission with these standards in mind and, where necessary, will work with you to make sure that your contribution complies. The following points will help you be aware of some of the main considerations.

  2. Ensure you, or anyone participating, are clear about the purpose of the recording or submission.

  3. Explain to anyone participating that the recording will be presented at the conference and be used to aid theological reflection at the conference. It will not be posted on social media or the internet in any form. The recording may later be transcribed and anonymised for archive purposes.

  4. Ensure you explain 1 & 2 above to any participants and have their permission before recording

  5. If a participant is happy to state their name and where they live that will be helpful but it is essential that no participant should feel obliged to do so.

  6. Be clear which of the five themes are being addressed in the recording – it is understood that there may be more than one theme addressed in a submission.

  7. Discuss and agree an outline of the contribution if it involves someone other than yourself.

  8. Keep the submission to a maximum of 10 minutes – shorter is better.

  9. Personal stories and accounts of actual situations are what is required, not abstract or theoretical conversation.

For further help, clarification or information contact mcmillan@ibts.eu or teloo@ibts.eu

Academic contributions

Students/researchers/academics are invited to contribute papers engaging with the relevant chapters of Prof. Gushee’s new publication Introducing Christian Ethics on any of the five themes of the conference.

The relevant section of Prof Gushee's book can be made available for those wishing to engage with the material and contribute a paper.

  • Papers that are accepted will be published as part of the conference proceedings. A number of those submitted and accepted – but not all – will be considered for presentation and theological reflection at the conference.

  • Papers should be on one of the five themes or an exploration of the relationship between two or more of the five themes.

  • Papers should critically engage with the relevant chapters of Introducing Christian Ethics by David Gushee while exploring the theme.

  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and submitted by March 31 2022.

  • Papers should be no more than 3,000 words and fully referenced. Short bibliographies and/or suggestions for further exploration of the theme should be included.

  • Suggested questions for reflection can also form part of the paper.

For further help, clarification or information contact mcmillan@ibts.eu or teloo@ibts.eu

Theological reflection

Following the presentation of testimonies or papers the conference participants will, in small groups, engage in theological reflection on the witness of those addressing the conference themes.

We will be using the World Café format http://www.theworldcafe.com/key-concepts-resources/design-principles/  as our approach to group reflection.

The group discussions should be considered as safe spaces in which differing and divergent opinions can be expressed, received and responded to graciously.

Our aims in group theological reflection will be to:

  1. Discover within the group how the issues presented have been heard, or how they would be received, in each person’s context

  2. Recognise and be able to articulate the diversity of reception and understanding of the issues under discussion

  3. Recognise and be able to articulate what the group holds in common in reception and understanding of the issues under discussion

  4. Work to articulate a common response that is both practical and theological

Registration

In Person & Online

To maximise participation the conference will be both in person and online. Registration is now open. Please register your interest as soon as possible to ensure your place.

Conference Fee

150 EUR (meals & participation only)

30 EUR (online participation only)

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the conference fee.

Information on accommodation options in Amsterdam is available on request.

Organisers

The conference organisers are Ingeborg te Loo and David McMillan. If you require any further information, please get in touch.

Registration

In Person & Online

To maximise participation the conference will be both in person and online. Registration is now open. Please register your interest as soon as possible to ensure your place.

Conference Fee

150 EUR (meals & participation only)

30 EUR (online participation only)

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the conference fee.

Information on accommodation options in Amsterdam is available on request.

Organisers

The conference organisers are Ingeborg te Loo and David McMillan. If you require any further information, please get in touch.

IBTS Ethics Conference: 4-6 May 2022, Amsterdam

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