International Program 2017


Saturday, July 5th – Saturday, August 5th 2017

So it is (if you wish)
Whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God. (Romans 13: 2)

“L’État, c’est moi” – “We are the people!” With Louis XIV of France we embody the chants in the plazas and the churches of Germany’s 1989. There are two extremes that now seem to us rather like the threat of populist movements. The state no longer has to protect those who are different but those who do not want to be different. The objective is no longer a free society, but a similar community.
As Christians, are we called to take a stand on this issue? Namely: the concept of society can be constitutive for Christians / and, bring us back to the concept of community? Is it more important for me as a Christian / to the religious community or society ? Are we citizens living as Christians or Christian citizens? According to Paul, God reveals his will through constituted authority; Then society must be subject to the religious community or religious community should be subjected to society’s laws?
God promises us a new world, Jesus promises the kingdom of God. In Theological Camp 2017 we will try to find together, with the Bible in hand, what are the implications of these promises in our daily life, that of the religious, and what is the authority of which Paul says that we are to be subject of.



Saturday, August 5th – Saturday, August 12th 2017

L = Fx – Work is the integral of force.

Different ages and places have impressed a whole array of rhythms, efforts, illusions and salaries on the productive hours of human life . While work ennobles us, we know it can also alienate us. We know that if we love our job, it will not feel like work at all, and the secret often lies in the right pace. But how do we live our job or the lack of it, and how can we relate to it? During the camp we will experience paradoxical suggestions and ruthless doctrines, with our hands and our minds we will shape our work time to imagine the experience of those who venture to work day after day: to get busy in order to live, or live in order to get busy , to barely survive or perhaps no longer even choose how to live and work.

In the last three years we have explored concepts that define time and relationships. In 2017 we will reflect on the topic that best qualifies this Camp and the majority of human beings: work (and its opposite).



Saturday, August 12th – Saturday, August 19th 2017

An ecumenical view on human mobility – journeys towards economic utopias

As we saw during 2016 International Political Camp, one could say that human mobility is as pertinent to human Nature as it is to find love, shelter, food and dignity. This year we would like to deepen our understanding of the root causes of migration and focus our analysis on economic utopias, where humanity rather than profit stays at the core. We will look into the meaning of hospitality by hearing stories of integration, models of sharing, frameworks of welcoming economies as well as justice-affirming actions needed to counter some current political trends dictated by fear and hatred. Sometimes we migrate, sometimes we are called to welcome who comes from forced migration due to war, exploitation of people and “natural resources” or migration away
from a looting and war-mongering system we are all witnessing. We would also like to relish in the positive power of encountering the “other” despite the attempts by some governments and politicians to manipulate people’s fears and societal woes. Economic utopias can become reality when people who migrate and people who welcome feel and act as common inhabitants of one planet.