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Upcoming consultation on Religion and the State: 25 Years Of Democracy In South Africa

Several PaRD members will contribute their expertise and insights to this consultation titled Cooption or Cooperation – A South African And German Dialogue in Tutzing, Germany on February 13th to 15th, 2019.

The conference venue located on the shore of Lake Starnberg.

The consultation will reflect on the relationship and role of state and church in Germany and South Africa, but will also touch on global challenges in this regard. Participants from Germany, South Africa and international guests will reflect on the new challenges within a global context. Close attention will be paid to the role of civil society and churches in the formulation of Development Policy and priorities. The consultation will bring together participants from different disciplines and sectors to reflect jointly on opportunities and challenges. At the core of this format lies the experience sharing from different fields in order to strengthen dialogue, cooperation and networking.

The organizers invite you to this dialogue and discourse in the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing. Please find the full programme to the right as well as the list of confirmed speakers below:

  • Prof Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Lutheran Bishop of Bavaria, Chairperson of the Protestant Council of Churches (EKD), Munich
  • Dr Volker Berresheim, Ambassador, Director of Section for Religion and Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin, Germany
  • Mr Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary of the ACT Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dr Volker Faigle, Special Advisor to Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, former Vice Director of the Official Representation of the Council of the EKD in Berlin
  • Dr Bernhard Felmberg, Director for Church and Civil Society, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Berlin
  • Rev Dr Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, President of Bread for the World and Diaconia, Berlin
  • Mr Joachim Goeske, Director of Global Policies and Governance, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Bonn
  • Prof Dr Nico Koopman, Vice Rector, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Cape Town
  • Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of the Catholic German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop of Munich
  • Mr Peter Meiwald, Africa Director of Catholic Bishops Development Agency, Misereor, Aachen
  • Mr Ulrich Nitschke, Head of the Secretariat of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) 
  • Prof Dr Ndangwa Noyoo, Department of Social Development, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
  • Prof Dr Hans-Jürgen Papier, former President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Tutzing
  • Dr Isabel Phiri, Vice Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, Geneva
  • Rev Nelis Janse van Rensburg, Moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, Cape Town
  • Mr Johannes Singhammer, former Vice President of the German Parliament, Munich
  • Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South African Government, Pretoria
  • Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka, President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, SACBC, Bishop of Umtata
  • Prof Dr Martin Stuchtey, CEO of SystemiQ GmbG Munich, & Business School, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Renate Wilke-Launer, Journalist, former editor of the “Überblick” development publication of the EKD, Hamburg