22.10.2017 – 24.10.2017 | Okombahe, Swakopmund, Windhoek

The significance of religion and reformation these days

Lecture Programme of the German Federal Government: Dr Christina aus der Au

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Sunday, 22 October 2017, 10 a.m. | Martin Luther High School, Okombahe

Reformation these days

Review on four reformers (Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Erasmus von Rotterdam) and reflection on their significance these days: the communication of the gospel, the political commitment of the Christians, the church’s relevance and the fundamental role of dialogue.

Monday, 23 October 2017, 8 a.m. | Private School Swakopmund

Science and Faith

Science and religion or faith have a long history of conflict. Even today many people believe that scientific progress has eliminated faith to God – or at least should have done so. Christina aus der Au will argue, that there is no competition between two ideologies, but a difference between an observer, a participant and somebody who is addressed by God.

Monday, 23 October 2017, 6:45-8 p.m. | Innercity Lutheran Congregation, Windhoek

The significance of the grace of god in a multicultural Namibia: a (Lutheran) perspective

The roots of the Reformation lie in a new understanding of God’s grace. By Christ solely I am salvaged, there is nothing I can do – and nothing I must do. This opens a new dimension of freedom where Christians are not only exempted from secular authorities but also are exempted to love their own people and to serve them. What does this mean for the Christians and the Church these days in the context of global participation and a wide range of histories, traditions, cultures and ideologies?

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 7 p.m. | Macedonia parish, Windhoek

The Church yesterday, today and tomorrow

French reformer Calvin says 'You can't have God as a Father if you don't have the Church as your Mother.' But the Reformation in Europe developed through the enlightenment to a very individualistic understanding of Christ. The membership in the churches is waning, being religious is more and more understood as a search for spiritual order except for the participation in a community. The Church as Body of Christ must be rediscovered. There are different approaches to new expressions of the Chruch, but Christina aus der Au would like to hear the local perspective an learn what I means to be the Church – not only to participate in it.

Dr Christina aus der Au is president of the 36 German Protestant Kirchentag

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Lecture Programme of the German Federal Government