Conference on the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Missiology

Dear Sir or Madam, 

I would like to invite you to the online conference on the occasion of our 50th anniversary of the Institute of Missiology of missio e.V., which will be celebrate from 17 to 19 November 2021. The topic of the conference will be “The sense and purpose of Theology. Contexts and methods of theological knowledge in Africa and Asia”.  

The conference will be hold online and in English. Please find the link to attend the conference below. 

Hoping to welcome you in great numbers. 

Kind regards

Prof. Dr. Harald Suermann

Director of the MWI



Wednesday, 17 November 2021 

13:30 - 14:00 

Welcome speech. (Dirk Bingener, Harald Suermann) 

14:00 – 15:00 

Keynote address of Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle 

“The importance of intercultural exchange for the evangelization of the nations, inspired by the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium”  

Unit 1: Contemplation – The Secret of “we”.The importance of experience and mystique for a spirituality of global solidarity.  

15:40 - 15:55 

  • Input from Asia - “The Contemplative Process from I to WE for a Spirituality of Global Solidarity“ by Sebastian Painadath, India 

15:55 - 16:10 

  • Input from Latin America - “Epistemic concerns in the global south. Latin-American intuitions” by Diego Irarrazaval, Chile 

16:10 - 16:25 

  • Input from Africa – “Spirituality and University in Africa” by Georgette Ndour, Senegal 

16:30 - 17:30 

  • Questions and answers 

Thursday, 18 November 2021 

Unit 2: Dialogue – Creating a culture of encounter 

Change of contexts: “New narratives and paradigms on the way to a new humanism.”  

9:10 – 9:25 

  • Input from Africa – „Dialogue based on a Theology of hospitality“ by Gideon Pwakim, Nigeria 

9:25 – 9:40 

  • Input from Middle East – “Theology and its challenges since the Arab Spring revolution in 2010 and the declaration of the Islamic State ISIS” by Souraya Bechealany, Lebanon 

9:40 -9:55 

  • Input from Asia - “Bridging the differences: context, challenges, and responsibilities of theology (mission) in Indonesia” by Max Regus, Indonesia 

10:00 – 11:00  

  • Questions and answers 

13:00 – 15:00 

Unit 3: Interdisciplinarity – On the way to contextual relevance  

“To listen and to talk in theological education – claims and reality. “ 

13:10 – 13:25 

  • Input from Europe – „ European theology facing modernization and its transformation processes“ by Patrick Becker, Germany 

13:25 – 13:40 

  • Input from Asia - “Interdisciplinarity and Contextual Relevance of Theological Education in India: A Feminist Perspective/Critique” by Shalini Mulackal, India 

13:40 – 13:55 

  • Input from Africa – “Interdisciplinary as a means to effectively engage with the abuse in mission and Church” by Jean Messingué SJ, Côte d’Ivoire 

14:00 - 15:00 

  • Questions and answers 

Friday, 19 November 2021 

Concluding session 

9:00 – 9:30 

  • Input from Asia - “Networking: Our discussions retraced, our challenges ahead” by John Prior, Indonesia 

9:30 – 10:15 

  • Group discussion  

10:15 – 11:00 

  • Final plenary 


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50 ans MWI

Depuis 50 ans le MWI soutien, ensemble avec ses partenaires et partisans, les jeunes Églises en Afrique et en Asie sur leur chemin vers l’avenir. Nous les soutenons dans l’éducation de leurs dirigeants et nous partageons une vision d’un avenir commun.


Prof. Dr. Harald Suermann, Directeur du MWI
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