Faith in Europe Briefing (Online) – 19 January 2023, 3-5pm.
“Hope may be a theological virtue, but we want to propose it is less a theory and more a visceral daily practice of life, renewal, and survival… Faced in society and in our churches with ongoing crises – of governance and democracy, of ecological violence, sexual abuse, war, and the systemic exclusion of women from decision-making – developing a hope-filled practical and pastoral theology of responsibility becomes ever more urgent.”
- Reverend Jane Stranz.
Reverend Jane Stranz is an ordained minister of the United Reformed Church (Great Britain) and of the Église Protestante Unie de France. She is the daughter of a refugee from Hitler’s Germany. She has worked as a parish or student minister in former East Germany, Great Britain, and France. A committed ecumenist, she worked at the World Council of Churches in Geneva for nearly a decade and was the national ecumenical officer of the French Protestant churches for six years. She is part of the Groupe Orsay collective of feminist theologians. A former managing editor of The Ecumenical Review, she is on the editorial boards of Perspectives missionnaires and Foi et vie, and a member of the Groupe des Dombes. She currently serves a small French Lutheran parish part-time near “La Défense” in Paris.
- Anthea Sully.
Anthea Sully is a member of the coordinating committee of the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women. She has been the moderator of the Church and Society Commision of the Conference of European Churches and a member of its Central Committee. She is currently the Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK, a charity that works to prevent men’s violence against women. She will be asking how we personally and from our church traditions can maintain hope and exercise responsibility in the face of war, climate change and poverty.
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About Faith in Europe
Faith in Europe is an educational charity and a body in association with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Faith in Europe originated in concern for religious freedom in totalitarian regimes. With a faith perspective, it now focuses on political, social, and cultural issues in the European continent. It holds briefing meetings four times a year, which invite keynote speakers to introduce a specific topic of current concern, followed by questions and breakout discussions.