International Theological Conference “The Church and Public: Love in Action”

Theology and Philosophy Faculty of Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)
Eastern European Institute of theology (Ukraine)
Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven (Belgium)
Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg (Netherlands)
Intercultural and Interconfessional Research Centre of Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad (Romania)
UNWLA Center for Women’s Studies at UCU
Ukrainian Section of the European Society of Women in Theological Research
Ukrainian Section of the European Society of Catholic Theology

International Theological Conference
2-4 May 2019, Lviv (Ukraine)

Call for papers:

The Church and Public: Love in Action


We invite you, our respected colleagues, to participate in the International Theological Conference “The Church and Public: Love in Action.” The conference will take place 2-4 May 2019 at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv (Ukraine).


The idea of the conference
Over the past few decades, it has become increasingly evident that in the contemporary democratic context, religious entities are not willing to be kept out of the public sphere and impact only the private lives of citizens. Religious institutions are looking for new ways to realize their potential in peacekeeping and in offering solutions to emerging social, political, and environmental problems. The current search for new approaches to the church’s presence in the public sphere, and not just in the private lives of individual actors, is being accompanied by a theological rethinking of the role of the church in the new post-secular context. Since the 1980s, attempts to develop constructive models of the church’s interaction with the public space for the sake of achieving the common good have been labeled “public theology.” In the Eastern European context, the idea of public theology has begun taking its first steps. The purpose of this conference, therefore, is to initiate a conversation between various Christian traditions, in order to explore the shape of public theology in the contemporary political and cultural context. Conference participants will attempt to come up with answers to the question of how the theological resources of Christianity — its spiritual and religious practices and socio-ethical doctrines — can contribute to the common good in matters of public and political concern. What should be the self-understanding of the church if it is to respond adequately to the challenges of pluralism, secularization, and globalization?


The main themes of the conference

• Religion in the public square: trends, challenges, and perspectives
• A theology of gratitude and of communication as promising directions for rethinking public theology
• A theology of forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of contemporary socio-political conflicts
• The challenges of social and economic injustice and the possibility of their solution through dialogue between theology and economics, with justice as a theological virtue
• Interreligious dialogue in light of the peacekeeping function of the church
• Ecotheology and problems of ecological injustice
• The concept of public theology: its biblical foundations and historical experience
• Public theology and the primary trends of educational and social theories
• Politics, the church, and the common good
• Religion and human rights: an ambivalent story and a search for consensus
• The doctrine of the church in historical and theological retrospective and the main directions of contemporary ecclesiological research
• Liturgy and the church’s witness in the public square
• The social role of women and human rights: theological interpretations

Papers and publication

Participants in the conference have the opportunity to present a paper. We invite scholars from all disciplines to submit 300-word abstracts along with a short c.v. to [email protected] Paper proposal deadline: 10 March 2019. The organizing committee of the conference will examine and select the abstracts and send invitations to the accepted presenters. The criteria for selecting abstracts are as follows: relevance to the conference concern with contemporary ramifications; original analysis and argument.
Papers can be presented in the conference languages of English, Ukrainian, and Russian (with simultaneous translation at the plenary sessions and all programs held in the plenary meeting room during the course of the day).


Conference organizing committee

• Dr. Roman Zaviyskyy, Dean of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)
• Dr. Roman Soloviy, Director of the Eastern European Institute of Theology (Ukraine)
• Prof. univ. Dr. Habil. Corneliu Constantineanu, Director of the Intercultural and Interconfessional Research Centre of Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad (Romania)
• Dr. Steven C. van den Heuvel, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven (Belgium)
• Dr. Halyna Teslyuk, Associate Professor in Old Testament, Coordinator of UNWLA Center for Women’s Studies
• Pavlo Smytsnyuk, PhD candidate at University of Oxford


• If you have any questions or concerns, email us at [email protected]
• Web Site:
• Address: Khutorivka St, 35а, Lviv, Ukraine, 79070
• To register as a conference participant, the following application ( must be completed by 20 March 2019.