International Conference series: "Interreligious Relations and Ecumenical Issues"(IREI)
Internationale Konferenzen: „Interreligiöse Beziehungen und ökumenische Fragen“ (IROF)

In November 2011, a group of some 15 local and overseas scholars in the field of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue met at the University of Bern for the first Interreligious Relations and Ecumenical Issues (IREI) conference. The conference series is an initiative of the Department for Old Catholic Theology (Departement für Christkatholische Theologie) in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Bern. As a consequence of the significance and success of these conferences, select papers from them are published in the IKZ-bios series.
The aim of the conference series is to address contemporary questions of interreligious relations in the context of the Old Catholic ecumenical tradition, extending beyond the classic conjunction of Old Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox. Whilst these three voices are present at each conference, other Christian perspectives are also prominent and perspectives from other religious traditions contribute as well.
The first conference (2011) had as its title and overarching theme: Interreligious Relations and Theological Reflection: Ecumenical Overview and Issues with speakers representing international and ecumenical contexts and a broad denominational diversity.
Two further conferences, in 2012 and 2014, have since been held addressing the themes, respectively, From Encounter to Commitment: Interreligious Experience and Theological Reflection and Religious Minorities and Theological Challenges.
A fourth conference is planned for October 2016 with the theme Belief Diversity and the Lived Experience of Religion: Narratives and Interpretations.
A detailed announcement and call for papers can be found →