Religion, Authority and the State:

from Constantine to the Secular and Beyond

Belgrade 2013

Final Program

Wednesday June 19

10.00-12.00    Registration

14.30-16.30    Registration

18.00-19.45:   Welcome:      Gerard Mannion and Vladimir Latinovic

Official Opening of the Conference by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej

Words of Welcome from H. E. Michael Davenport MBE, British Ambassador to Serbia

Opening Plenary:

Religion, Authority and the State – Discerning the Key Questions and Challenges

Chair: Mark Chapman

Thomas Bremer: ‘State and Church in the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Tradition’

Elaine Padilla: ‘Being One and an-Other: Going beyond a Politics of Friendship’

19.45: Opening Reception and Book-launch of The Witness of Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch edited by William G. Rusch, with a presentation on the story of the volume.

Thursday June 20

9.00-10.30:      Plenary 2: Dynamics of Religion, Freedom and Authority

Chair: Peter Phan

Mahmoud Ayoub: ‘The Christian Church and the Muslim Ummah: From Religious Persecution to Religious Authority’

Elizabeth Clarke: ‘Reinterpreting Religious Freedom: Views from the American Theological Professoriate, 1845-1945’

10.30:              Break for Coffee

11.00-13.00:    Concurrent Papers Session 1

13.00-14.30:    Break for Lunch

14.30-16.00:    Concurrent Papers Session 2

16.00:              Break for Coffee

16.30-18.00: Plenary 3: Church and State – Contextual Considerations

Chair: Dale Irvin

Edwin Arrison: ‘Ecumenicity and Church-state relations in South Africa’

Peter Phan:Church and State Relations in Vietnam, 1975-2010’

Friday June 21

9.00-10.30: Plenary 4: The Fruits of Ecumenical Authority

Plenary Discussion of the Convergence Document, ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’ from the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches

Chair: Gerard Mannion

Panellists: John Gibaut, Peter De Mey, Geoffrey Rowell, Fr K. M. George

10.30:    Break for Coffee

11.00-12.30: Plenary 5: From Constantine to the Post-Secular:

                      Serbian Perspectives on Church and State            

Chair: Thomas Bremer

Vladimir Latinovic: ‘Confessional Belonging and National Identity in Serbia and Germany’

Slobodan Markovic: ‘Church-State Relations in Serbia after 2000’.

Aleksandar Rakovic: ‘U.S. Religious Freedom Reports on Serbia: Counter-arguments from a Serbian Perspective’.

Branko Radun: ‘Church-State Relations in the Light of the resolution of the Conflict in Kosovo’.

12.30-14.00:    Break for Lunch

14.00-16.00:    Walking Excursion to St Sava Temple

16.00-17.00:    Free Time

17.00-18.30:    Final Plenary (6): Religion, Authority and Dialogue – Prospects for the Future

Chair: Elaine Padilla

Dale Irvin: ‘Specters of a New Ecumenism:  In Search of a Church ‘Out of Joint’’

Necla Tschirgi: ‘Global Governance and Contested Authorities in the 21st Century’

Closing Reflections:     Mark Chapman and Gerard Mannion

19.00pm: Aperitivo Reception and Book-launch of William R. Burrows, Jacques Dupuis Faces the Inquisition, Wipf and Stock, 2013 – Beginning with a Brief Personal Memoir of Jacques Dupuis from Peter Phan

And also of Alan Sell’s The Great Ejectment of 1662: Its Antecedents, Aftermath, and Ecumenical Significance – with some words of introduction from Mark Chapman

Kindly Sponsored by Wipf and Stock Publishers

20.00 Conference Banquet generously sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Saturday June 22

9.00am: Depart for Excursion to the Roman city of Viminacium, provincial capital of the Roman Province of Moesia.