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Convention’s agenda

11th Gniezno Convention

Europe – a Land of the Free

The Inspirational Power of Christianity

21-23 September, 2018

under honorary auspices of

President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda

on the centenary of Poland regaining independence 1918–2018

Convention’s agenda

tentative (as of July 20)


Friday, 21 September
  • 11.15 am Prayers held by the Congress chaplains from three Christian traditions
Opening of the Congress
Marta Titaniec, Chairwoman of the Organising Committee of the 11th Gniezno Convention
Archbishop Wojciech Polak, Metropolitan of Gniezno, Primate of Poland, Chairman of the Gniezno Conventions
Bishop Jerzy Samiec, chairman of the Evangelical Church of Augsburg Confession (Lutheran) in the Republic of Poland, President of the Polish Ecumenical Council
  • 12.00 Address of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda
  • 12.30 Sources of Hope for Europe – lecture: Archbishop Ludwig Schick, Metropolitan of Bamberg
  • 1 pm lunch break
  • A meeting of President Andrzej Duda with leaders and representatives of the Christian Churches participating in the Convention
  • 3 pm plenary session
“Love and Do Whatever You Please”… Christian Freedom in a World Where Everything is Allowed – lecture: Professor Chantal Delsol, philosopher, Université Paris-Est Marne-la- Vallée
Teachers of Polish Freedom: Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Karol Wojtyła– Saint Pope John Paul II Prof. Bohdan Cywiński, Dr. Paweł Skibiński, Dr. Massimiliano Signifredi, Dr.Maciej Zięba OP
  • 4.30 pm break 
  • 5 pm meetings in small workshop groups
Workshops of Christian Hope (Part One)
  • 7 pm dinner
  • 8 pm service at the Gniezno Cathedral
Ecumenical Way of Freedom “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1)with a homily by Archbishop Prof. Grzegorz Ryś, archbishop of Łódź, Church historian
Saturday, 22 September
  • 9.30 am plenary sessions (simultaneous sessions in two rooms)
Migration Crisis – Refugee Crisis – a Crisis of Solidarity?– panel debate: Rev. Prof. Waldemar CisłoAgnieszka Kosowicz, ProfMarek Rymsza, Bishop Dr. Krzysztof Zadarko
European Homeland. What Role for Poland in Europe? – panel debate: Prof. Jerzy Buzek, Dr. Paweł Kowal, Prof. Hanna Suchocka, Minister Konrad Szymański
  • 11 am break
  • 11.30 am plenary sessions (simultaneous sessions in two rooms)

Free to Reconciliation – panel debate: Rev. Dr. Manfred Deselaers (Auschwitz), Fr. Georgiy Kochetkov  (Moscow), Dr. Jörg Lüer (Berlin), Rev. Georgiy Kovalenko (Kiev)

Love of the Homeland: Between Patriotism and National Egoism– panel debate: Marek Jurek, Prof. Waldemar Łazuga, Prof. Andrzej Nowak, Prof. Paweł Śpiewak, Rev. Prof. Alfred M. Wierzbicki

  • 1 pm lunch break 
  • 3 pm plenary session
Central-Eastern Europe: Together or Apart? – panel debate of experts
  • 4.30 pm break 
  • 5 pm meetings in small workshop groups
Workshops of Christian Hope (Part Two) simultaneously:  Ecumenical services in the churches of Gniezno (with homilies by clergymen of different Christian Churches)
  • 7 pm dinner 
  • 8 pm Concert in the Congress Assembly Hall by Stanisława Celińska with a band
Sunday, 23 September
  • 9.30 am Morning prayer
  • 9.40 am plenary session
  • “For Your Freedom and Ours”. Being Free Means Being for Others– lecture: Professor Rocco Buttiglione, philosopher, member of the Italian Senate
  • 10.20 am 
  • Summary of the Workshops of Christian Hope Przemysław Fenrych, chairman of the Conventions’ Workshop Commission
  • 11.15 pm break
  • 11.30 am plenary session
“Pain of the World is also a Pain of the Church”. Christians for a Better World – lecture: Cardinal Peter TurksonPrefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development
  • 1 pm Holy Mass in the Gniezno Cathedral