March 1, 2007
Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Kjell Magne Bondevik
Kjell Magne Bondevik, former Prime Minister of Norway, spoke at Georgetown University on the topic of "Interreligious Dialogue: Seeking Understanding in Our Age." Part of the Nostra Aetate Lecture Series, this event was cosponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.
Kjell Magne Bondevik, an ordained Lutheran minister, served as Prime Minister of Norway from 1997 to 2000, and from 2001 to 2005, making him Norway's longest serving non-Socialist prime minister since World War II. He is also the first Prime Minister who took sick leave due to mental illness. From 2006-2007, he served as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa. Currently, he is the President of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights, which promotes peace and reconciliation by taking advantage of interreligious contact and dialogue. Bondevik participated in a discussion on the role of religious actors at the Alliance of Civilizations forum held in Madrid in 2008.