From 9 to 13 July, delegates from eight universities and Faculties of Theology of the Kircher Network met in Warsaw – Falenica for the III Theological Symposium and the Colloquium of the HEST Cluster on Christian and Muslim Relation. The themes of the Theological Symposium were “The Trinity and the Images of God perceived from the perspective of various theological disciplines”, and “Belief and disbelief as a problem in Christian-Islamic relations in secular societies”, respectively. The steering committees in charge of the organization of both academic events successfully combined lectures of distinguished keynote speakers and workshops, both in-person and online. Philip Geister, SJ., President of the Kircher Network, explained the mission, strategic priorities and common projects of the Network. The hybrid methodology used for the organization made it possible to hold the events despite Covid-19.
The Theological Symposium on “The Trinity and the images of God perceived from the perspective of various theological disciplines” featured two keynote speakers: Serafín Béjar (Loyola University Andalusia), Jerzy Seremak SJ., Collegium Bobolanum – Warsaw, Dariusz Kowalczyk SJ., (Pontificia Università Gregoriana) and Paolo Gamberini S.J., (University of Rome La Sapienza). Likewise, the HEST cluster’s Colloquium included four keynote lectures by Prof Dr Michel Younès (Lyon Catholic University, Coordinator of Pluriel), Prof. Dr Serdar Kurnaz (Humbolt University in Berlin), Prof Dr Agata Nalborczyk, (University of Warsaw) and Andrzej Saramowicz, Polish Foundation of Dżalaluddin Rumi.
The participants to both events also discussed the future plans for the Theological Symposium, which from now on will be a regular conference of the Kircher Network, and the HEST Cluster on Christian and Muslim Relation as a flagship project of the Network.
Our thanks to the rector of the Catholic Academy in Warsaw – Collegium Bobolanum, Piotr Aszyk SJ., and to Zbigniew Kubacki, SJ., for hosting and organizing the events, and to the HEST Cluster coordinators, especially Gonzalo Villagrán, SJ (Loyola Andalusia University) for their outstanding work.