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Congress in Lisbon

The return to faith is changing the world while at the same time registering peace-rupturing religious phenomena between people, interaction between religions, tolerance and human rights. As such, the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT) created the Instituto de Cristianismo Contemporâneo (ICC), integrated in the sphere of Science of Religions.

The ICC has developed academic work through various instruments of action, such as Conferences, conference cycles, seminars and debates centered on the topics of contemporary christianity, as well as training and courses (graded or not) that imply the development of a culture of difference, creativity and global development, as well as the publication of scientific articles on the “Revista Lusófona de Ciência das Religiões”.

We will present in Lisbon from the 25th to the 27th of May 2018 the  1st International Congress of Contemporary Christianity, dedicated to the topic “Christianity, Culture and Dialogue in a changing world”, that focuses on encouraging scientific investigation and sharing its results in the areas of religion and christian spirituality, specifically in the various branches of faith, as well as its relation with other experiences and religious expressions.

This congress is strictly of academic nature.


Call for papers

Proposal submission

Deadline. All interested in presenting talks in the congress must submit their respective proposals to the organization within the established deadline:

february 28, 2018.

Submission. The proposals must be sent to the official congress email:


Registration: The registration link will be available within a few days. The talk proposals must be sent before the formal registration in the congress.

Content. The proposals must include the title of the talk, an abstract (about 300 words), three keywords, in which thematic axis it places itself(see here), and a biographic footnote, 15 lines max. (which include institutional afiliation, academic degree, and five relevant publications).

Acceptance and confirmation of proposals

If the proposals are presented with all of the information mentioned above, as well as being approved and followed by the formal registration, the organization will confirm its acceptance no later than two weeks after the deadline.

Congress records

The talk publication norms in the congress’ records will be available at a later date.

Thematic axes

Thematic axes nº. 1- Contemporary theological challenges

Contemporary life has presented new challenges to the Christian faith, from a doctrinary and conceptual point of view and from the religious  praxis, in a world that is constantly changing.  Such is the loss of religious identity, ecological balance, gender equality, social justice or ethics and conflict of values, as well as other pressing themes that provoque research and reflection.

 Thematic axes nº. 2- Faith and Culture

Modern life has established Reason as a privileged guide in the process of human developlent, positioning non believers in a state that above all, can’t ignore the dynamic of religions and believers in a delicate managment of day to day confrontations between Faith and Culture.  Understanding in what way do both dimensions coexist and intermingle is a challenge for researchers.

Thematic axes nº. 3- Interconfessional and interreligious dialogue

In a time where the return to faith is changing the world while at the same time registering peace-rupturing religious phenomena between people, interaction between religions, tolerance and human rights, the Christian branches and religions of the world are generally challenged to partake a proactive and educational role, specifically in the areas of sharing cosmovisions, promoting human dignity and defending religious freedom.

Thematic axes nº. 4- Christianity, Democracy and Civil Society

Today, the expression of Christian faith faces the practice of citizenry in democratic and non democratic societies, with varying results. At what point does religion collide with society? In what way can society inhibit believers to live their faith in liberty?



The congress schedule will include some events to be announced.

A festival of Christian choral music is being organized, which will partake during the month of May in various churches in Lisbon and will conclude the congress with a final concert with all the participating parties.

We are focussed on a festival that includes different music genres such as classical, gospel, contemporary and African.



Approved fees for the registration until February 28, 2018:

  • Lecturers w/ talk 75.00 €
  • Students w/ talk 40.00 €
  • Students and Lecturers from the Lusófona Group w/o talk: 20.00 €
  • Listeners: 30.00 €
  • Students in the Science of Religions course: free


After February 28, 2018 the fee will double its amount in all options.


Everyone registered will receive a:

  • Certificate of Presence and/or Talk;
  • Closing concert by ‘Vozes Erguidas’- Christian Choral Music Festival;
  • Record book of all the talks;
  • Discount for all books presented during the congress.


To access the online registration form, please click this link




The schedule will be published here after receiving all registrations from the speakers.


The goals of this congress are:

  1. Contribute to a culture of peace and tolerance in different expressions of faith and promote and interreligious dialogue.
  2. Study the new social tendencies in light of the Christian faith.
  3. Promote the reflection of faith in contemporary society in all its branches: cultural, artistic, social, politica and comunicational, as well as the professional sphere.
  4. Touch on the implications of religion in the mental and emotional health of the human being, in particular the religious man.
  5. Reflect upon the ethical dimension in the diverse contexts of life, including professional life.
  6. Promote an increase in theological depth and contextualization of faith in the man of the 21st century.
  7. Develop cooperation mechanisms that allow the group participation in projects, studies and exploring new ideas and researches in conjunction with other entities.



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