"Promised Land": International Theological Conference

Some 65 theologians and church leaders from all over the world meet in the Swiss capital Bern form 10-14 September 2008  to reflect on the needs to "re-frame the religious dimensions" of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more...

Opening ceremony at Bern's Offene Heiliggeistkirche

Left to right: Rev. Thomas Wipf, president of the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and chair of the Swiss Council of Religions, Rev. Dr Andreas Zeller, president of the Synodal Council of the Reformed Churches Bern-Jura-Solothurn and WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia.

Opening ceremony at Bern's Offene Heiliggeistkirche.

Opening ceremony at Bern's Offene Heiliggeistkirche.

WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia.

Opening ceremony at Bern's Offene Heiliggeistkirche

Rev. Thomas Wipf, president of the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and chair of the Swiss Council of Religions.

Opening ceremony at Bern's Offene Heiliggeistkirche

Ambassador Jean-Daniel Ruch, from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Opening ceremony at Bern's Offene Heiliggeistkirche

Rev. Dr Andreas Zeller, president of the Synodal Council of the Reformed Churches Bern-Jura-Solothurn.

Opening ceremony at Bern's Offene Heiliggeistkirche

Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah, from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Opening ceremony at Bern's Offene Heiliggeistkirche

Left to Right: Ambassador Jean-Daniel Ruch, Representative of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; Rev. Thomas Wipf, president of the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and chair of the Swiss Council of Religions; WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia and Rev. Dr Andreas Zeller, president of the Synodal Council of the Reformed Churches Bern-Jura-Solothurn.

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The conference is hosted by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and the Reformed Churches in Bern-Jura-Solothurn. The event is part of the WCC's international inter-church advocacy initiative "Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum".