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December 7th

Digital Webinar

Theology in Times of War – Just War versus Pacifism

We are living in an unusual time in Europe – a time which is currently characterized by war, where one professedly Christian country has attacked another. The Russian invasion of the sovereign Ukrainian state has presented challenges on many levels, theological levels included.
To better understand this, we have gathered speakers from different church traditions based in Ukraine, Canada, Norway, and Latvia, and look forward to an exciting webinar that deals with history, ideology and the complex realities of theology surrounding the war in Ukraine.

The webinar will be in english without any translation and is free of charge. It will start 09:00 Norwegian time (GMT+1).


09:00 Introduction
Karl Inge Tangen
09:05 S1: “Temptations of the Third Rome”
Victor Petrenko
09:30 S2: «The Roman Virtue of Coercion and the Christian Church: the lessons of the past»
Cyril Hovorun
09:55 S3: Q&A
10:20 Coffee break
10:30 S4: “Time to give another cheek?”
Fyodor Raychynets
10:55 S5: “The Boy on The Bike: The Peace Church in a World of Conflict”
Phil Wagler
11:20 S6: Roundtable discussion with Henrik Syse
Thomas Dorg
11:55 Lunch Break
12:30 S7: “The church in times of propaganda wars”
Karl Inge Tangen
12:55 S8: Roundtable discussion
13:45 Ending


Karl Inge Tangen
Høyskolen for ledelse og teologi
Oslo, Norway

Dean of research at Norwegian School of leadership and theology. Cand. mag. at University of Oslo, Cand. Phil and Ph.D at the MF (Norwegian school of Theology). Karl is a co-pastor at Filadelfia church, Oslo.

Henrik Syse
Oslo, Norway

Henrik Syse is chair of the board of the Coretta & Martin Luther King institute in Oslo. He is a research professor at the Oslo Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), lecturer, author and professor II at Bjørknes University College. Henrik is the former deputy chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and is the editor of the scientific journal «Journal of Military Ethics». He has previously led the Corporate Governance group in Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM).

Victor Petrenko
Latvian Biblical Centre
Riga, Latvia

Associate professor at Norwegian School of Leadership and Theology. Director of Latvian Biblical Centre and one of the pastors, Salvation Temple, Riga, Latvia, and research fellow at Durham University, St. John’s College.

Thomas Dorg
Oslo, Norway

Thomas Dorg is the Executive Director for Coretta & Martin Luther King Institute for Peace. He is the initiator and founder of the institute. Thomas has a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford. He has more than twenty years of experience with conflict work, mediation, mentoring, academic teaching, developing innovative projects and solutions to social problems, facilitating peace processes as well as developing academic study programs within the areas of culture and conflict on bachelor and master level.

Cyril Hovorun
Enskilda Högskolan
Stockholm, Sweden

Professor in Ecclesiology, International Relations and Ecumenism at the University College Stockholm (Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm). Former chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and first deputy chairman of the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Phil Wagler
Peace and Reconciliation Network
Toronto, Canada

Global Director of the Peace and Reconciliation Network, a commission of the World Evangelical Alliance. Phil has served in pastoral, educational, and mission agency leadership for over twenty-five years, graduate of Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada and the author of many columns, articles, and the book, «Kingdom Culture: Growing the Missional Church.»

Fyodor Raychynets
UETS Seminary
Kyiv, Ukraine

Regional Bible Institute Polyana, Ukraine, logical Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic. Lecturer in Saint James Bible College, Kyiv, Ukraine. Academic Dean and Lecturer in Christian Bible College, Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine. The Head of Theology Department at Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary and Development Facilitator for Peacebuilding in Central Asia, Tearfund. One of the pastors at “Bethany” Evangelical Baptist Church in Bucha, Kyiv’s region.