Eighteenth Building Bridges Seminar: Freedom

June 11-15, 2019
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

The eighteenth Building Bridges Seminar met June 11–15, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland, to explore the theme of freedom. The World Council of Churches (WCC) assisted Georgetown University as the local host. Chaired by Dr. Daniel A. Madigan, S.J., this international circle of scholars engaged in dialogical study of scripture and other texts to explore the historic role played by Christian and Muslim faith communities in addressing freedom—between humanity and God, between different religions and polities, between personal conviction and public order, and between individuals.

The seminar’s initial session, which took place in Visser ‘t Hooft Hall at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, was open to the public and featured overview lectures by Drs. Rosalee Velloso Ewell (Redcliffe College) and Tuba Iṣik (formerly University of Paderborn; read in her absence by Muna Tartari, also at Paderborn), plus a response from Dr. Azza Karam (United Nations and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). The remainder of the seminar took place at Château de Bossey, the WCC’s conference center in nearby Bogis-Bossey. The texts chosen for each day’s study were introduced by Drs. Abdullah Saeed (University of Melbourne), Lejla Demiri (University of Tübingen), Martin Nguyen (Fairfield University), Christopher M. Hays (Biblical Seminary of Colombia), Susan Eastman (Duke University Divinity School), Jonathan Chaplin (University of Cambridge), and Peniel Rajkumar (World Council of Churches). These presentations provided the foundation for the five hours of small-group text-study sessions each day that constitute the major activity of the seminar. 

Proceedings of this convening will be published in due course.

read | Introductory Remarks by Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC General Secretary

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