The 30th International Old Catholic Congress will be held in Zurich from 9 – 13 August this year. The theme is “You shall go out with joy”, taken from Isaiah 55.12. Through this theme, the participants will explore an intriguing question: "How can a zest for life and humour be of potential benefit to our faith, our spirituality and our community?"
It is clear that the congress organisers hope to inspire a joyful vision for the church, to stimulate one's personal spirituality as well the life of church communities. The programme for the 5 days includes lectures, workshops, worship, recreation and excursions. It is geared for laity and clergy, and for all ages. The following main speakers, and the topics they will address are confirmed:
- Bishop Dr Dirk Schoon (Netherlands): “The church as a Place of Joy – Yesterday and Today”
- Henriette Crüwell (Germany): Does God Have a Sense of Humour?”
- Bishop Dr John Okoro (Austria): “How Seriously Should I Take Life?”
- The Revd Dr Michael Bangert (Switzerland): “Humour and Humility as the Basis for Christian Spirituality”
There is a website for the Congress with full information here. A registration form can be completed online here.