“Living Tradition: Continuity and Change as Challenges to Churches and Theologies”

Malta, 05-10 May 2022

Conference Theme: Under the umbrella title “Living Tradition: Continuity and Change as Challenges to Churches and Theologies,” the 21st Academic Consultation of the Societas Oecumenica plans to explore the Christian understanding of the notion of Tradition and its ecumenical relevance for our contemporary context. The main theme of the Consultation includes the following sub-themes: (i) Theologies of Tradition: Handling continuity in different churches and denominations; (ii) Changing traditions: Preserving identity through discontinuities; (iii) Captivities of tradition: Dealing with traditionalism and fundamentalism; (iv) Dynamics of Tradition: Living faith in changing times.

Confirmed Speakers: John Berry, Riccardo Burigana, Joseph Famerée, Markus Iff, Rade Kisić, William Henn, James Hawkey, Adalberto Mainardi, Ivana Noble, Alina Pătru, Evgeny Pilipenko, Rolf J. Pöhler, Kati Tervo-Niemelä, Jennifer Wasmuth, and Myriam Wijlens.


Junior and senior scholars are invited to submit proposals for short papers (20′) which preferably address the theme of the conference and its sub-themes. Proposals on other theological and ecumenical topics may also be submitted. All proposals will be evaluated by a scientific committee. The working language of the conference is English. Papers in German and French are welcome too.

Abstract proposals (approximately 250 words) should be submitted by the deadline of January, 30, 2022 to societasoecumenica@gmail.com

The decision of acceptance will be communicated before the end of February 2022. After the conference, presenters will be invited to rework their presentations into a contribution to the conference proceedings which will be assessed through a peer-review procedure.

Viorel Coman


Secretary of Societas Oecumenica