Zelfbewust vrijzinnig

Jaarrede bij de Algemene Vergadering van de Remonstrantse Broederschap, 4 juni 2005. Door Wibren van der Burg

Het afgelopen jaar was voor de remonstranten een vruchtbaar jaar. Onze hoogleraar, Marius van Leeuwen, publiceerde een prachtig boek, Van feest naar feest.

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The place and role of the Bible in Unitarian beliefs

Lecture by Enikõ Ferenczi

If anyone looks at the schedule of our theological education, there will be no question remaining about our appreciation toward the Bible. The same could be said if anyone looks at our liturgy or religious educational practice. But if that person takes a share in any of these activities, realizes that this appreciation is much more complicated that one could wish. As a Christian denomination, and especially as the radical wing of reformation, we appreciate the Bible, but are also critical towards it. This ambiguous position needs articulation.

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Transylvanian Unitarian connections with Dutch dissenters

Lecture by Sándor Kovács

Transylvanian Unitarian connections with Dutch dissenters 1653–1755

Only a small portion of the 16th century left-wing reformation had the chance to develop well organized churches or congregations. There were several spiritualist, Anabaptist, and Antitrinitarian groups spread out on the continent but except for Poland and Transylvania there was no organized Unitarian or Socinian Church.

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Unity and diversity

Expression of thanks by Rev. Szilard Sandor

We have a common faith to share. “We” it means many things, and in this case “we” it means the “representative” of faith, we may call different, and the same time being very common, and that is why we can share with each other. “We are” who can share “something” – I and we also – call faith. We call our faith “Remonstrant ” and we call our faith “Unitarian”.

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We believe in one God

The essence and attributes of God
Credimus Unus Deum

Lecture by Dr. Elek Rezi

The one of the main (basic) theological principle of the Transylvanian Unitarianism is of God’s Unity, or beleive in One God. If somebody comes to Transylvania he or she may find either inside or outside of the Church a short sentence “Egy az Isten”, which means God is One.

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Who do you say I am?

Lecture by Maria Pap

This is the question Jesus addressed his followers and this is the question Christians have been addressing themselves ever since. The answer to this is the most powerful dividing line between the Christian communities. In searching for answers it does not help that the major testimonies come from the gospels, written with a purpose and considered biased .We have very little documentary evidence from non-Christian sources.

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Workshop contextual pastorate

By Greteke de Vries, minister of a liberal protestant congregation in Amersfoort, Netherlands

Theoretical backgrounds:
C.P. according to its founder is based on Buber’s search of justice of the human order, in the domain that exists between Ich und Du.
The founder is Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, an Hungarian-American psychotherapist, Boedapest 1920 – .

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Bezoek uit Roemenië

Roemeense en Hongaarse theologen in Groningen, Utrecht, Nieuwkoop en Leiden

Het bezoek van vijftien Unitarische predikanten en academici uit Zevenburgen van vorige week is een succes gebleken. De hele week kwamen de gasten uit Roemenië in verschillende plaatsen in het land bijeen met hun Nederlandse vrijzinnige geloofsgenoten voor lezingen, discussies en gedachtewisselingen.

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Developing a liberal-protestant ethics in a dynamic an pluralist world

Lecture by Wibren van der Burg

1. Introduction
‘How am I to I live?’ is a timeless moral question; the specific moral answers to this question vary greatly, however. They vary over time, with contexts, and with personal biographies. Although the moral question is universal and some elements of the answer – e.g., precepts such as ‘do not kill’ – are universal too, the full answer to it is highly context dependent and person dependent.
Ethics, in its broad sense of encompassing both someone’s ethical or moral views and the actions connected with those views, always is a response to concrete challenges and problems that one faces. Therefore, an ethics for a small-scale agricultural society cannot be identical to an ethics for a post-industrial globalizing society. In order to know what an ethics for our time should look like, we must analyze the most important characteristics of our societies and their most important problems.

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From spirituality to religion?

Or, the Dilemmas of a Less Than Perfect Church

In J.K. Rowlings bestseller The Philosophers Stone, Harry Potter finds in an unused classroom the Mirror of Erised. It shows ‘us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts’ reveals professor Dumbledore. This revelation the professor says ‘will bring us neither knowledge or [sic] truth’. It is the modern conception of religious belief, perhaps that’s the reason that Harry Potter is a haunting bestseller, for it can offer us no certainty but what it can offer is some useful information about our lives’ deepest desires. Perhaps this warning can help us not going astray in our subject today. But also I would beg you to listen with some irony in your mind, since religion can only be earnest if it has an enjoyable spin-off.

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