Brokenness and grace in human formation

Because of the measures taken to stop the coronavirus, the 2nd Education, Formation and Church Conference will be held a year later, D.V. on 27 and 28 August 2021.

We have decided to extend the Call for Papers until January 1, 2021. 

Education Formation and The Church II 
A two-day academic conference, organized by researchers connected to the Theological University Apeldoorn and the Theological University Kampen.

In Christian education we are used to expressions like ‘growth’, ‘talents’ and ‘human flourishing’. Following current pedagogical and psychological approaches, it seems as if human perfection sets the norm. The emphasis on the positive side of faith in human formation somehow runs the risk of dismissing the reality of sin and brokenness from the educational vocabulary. At the same time there is an intrinsically pedagogical motive for adopting stimulating perspectives. The question can be raised whether Christian education has become infected by a narrow and reductionist conversation about human flourishing, understood as growth, perfection and success.

The upcoming EFC-conference in Kampen will explore questions related to the place of brokenness and grace in pedagogical theory and practice. How are we to understand good and evil in human nature? How do good and sin manifest themselves in education and formation? Do positive and negative perceptions on pupils, teachers and pedagogy contribute to human formation or to human frustration? How are we to evaluate the current instrumental striving for perfection? How are we to cope with the effects of sin, brokenness and the effects of evil in classrooms, learning processes and human formation? Pedagogues and theologians can inform and inspire one another by understanding and rethinking brokenness and grace in the process of human formation.

The Formation Conference in Kampen aims to continue the conversations which were begun at the successful conference in 2018. Main speakers of the 2020 conference are David Smith (USA), Jan Habl (CZ), Ros Stuart-Buttle (UK), Ronelle Sonnenberg, Wolter Huttinga, Petronelle Baarda, Tirza van Laar (NL). Conference chair: Roel Kuiper (NL).

The conference will be held in English. Lunches (2x) and dinner (1x) are included. Hotel facilities and breakfast are not included in the conference fees. We advise you to book lodging well in advance in the city center of Kampen, for example through Visit the website of Theological University Kampen for directions.

The initiative for this conference is supported by partner institutions of Christian Higher Education in the Netherlands:

  • Christian University of Applied Sciences Ede (CHE)
  • Driestar Christian University
  • Christian University VIAA

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