Spirituality, Mysticism and Prayer in Times of Political Unrest

Watch and pray (Mark 14:38). Jesus asks the disciples for help and they sleep. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus watches, prays, and struggles with God. He speaks the words he taught his disciples: Yet not what I will, but what you will (Mk 14:36). In the high priestly prayer Jesus asks the Father that all of them may be one (John 17:21). "When Christians pray together, the goal of unity seems closer. The long history of Christians marked by many divisions seems to converge once more because it tends towards that Source of its unity which is Jesus Christ. He "is the same yesterday, today and forever!" (Heb 13:8). In the fellowship of prayer Christ is truly present; he prays "in us", "with us" and "for us". (Ut unum sint, 22). During the seventh annual Study Days we will ask ourselves the question what Jesus' prayer means for our prayer. Together we will explore the depth of Jesus' prayer and ask about the substance of Christian spirituality, mysticism, and prayer from theological, ecclesiological and political perspectives.
During the Study Days for Theological and Societal Renewal from June 17-19th 2020, perspectives on the renewal of theology, church, and society will be presented and discussed. Many notable representatives of the church, academia, and society from Switzerland and abroad will be involved.

Manuel A. Dürr - PRAYER (oil on canvas)
  • Conference Venue

    The Conference takes place in the main building of the University of Fribourg (Campus Miséricorde), within walking distance from the Fribourg railway station (5 minutes on foot). Upon arrival by train, leave the train station through the back exit (direction ‘TPF bus station’). Turn immediately right at the bus station, go straight towards the zebra crossing, cross the main road, turn left and follow the Avenue de l’Europe in the direction of the University.

  • Getting there

    By train: Trains from Bern and Lausanne/Geneva towards Fribourg run every 30 minutes.

    By car: Parking space is available in nearby car parks. For more information, please check the website : Fribourg Tourisme.

  • Accomodation

    Accommodation is not covered by the conference fee. Please book a hotel separately.

    Information on accommodation and hotels can be found on the website of Fribourg Tourism.

    It is also possible to book cheaper guest rooms in the Bed & Breakfast's of the city of Fribourg and its surroundings. A list of the official B&Bs is available here.

  • Catering

    All coffee breaks and receptions will take place in the hall in front of the Aula Magna.

    For meals, we recommend the University canteen, which offers two lunch menus, a vegetarian buffet, a salad buffet and a grill buffet daily. Numerous other restaurants are within walking distance.