Press Release No. 12/11e

18.06.12 14:07

Granavollen Consultation Participants - Photo: Solveig Elin Bru-Olsen

Theology must claim its credibility

“Theology must claim its credibility in the Church, society and the academic community”. This was the general understanding of the 45 representatives of theological faculties and institutions at the consultation on “The future of theology in the changing landscapes of universities in Europe and beyond “ which was held in Granavollen, Norway, 5-7 June 2012.

The Rev. Dr. Kaisamari Hintikka, Director of the Churches in Dialogues Commission, and one of the organisers of the consultation, stated that: “Even though the interpretation of the role of theology in relation to these three contexts varied a lot among the participants of the consultation, it was clearly understood that theological education and research is of great importance for the future of the churches and societies. There is, however, an urgent need to lift the profile of theology – and this has to be done by the theologians themselves.”

The consultation was organised by the Conference of European Churches and its Commission on Churches in Dialogue together with the World Council of Churches and its Programme on Ecumenical Theological Education and the MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo.

The participants represented a diversity of organisational solutions and self-understandings of theological higher education from state-universities to private institutes of theology; from institutes representing the whole local ecumenical map, to those related to only one denomination. Amongst the mostly Europeans at the meeting, some strong voices were also heard from Asia and Africa as well as Latin and North America. The opening lecture of the consultation was given by the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.

The Granavollen consultation can be considered as an offspring of the so called Graz Process, a network of faculties and institutes of theology in Europe which  was called together by the Faculty of Theology in the University of Graz and the Conference of European Churches.


The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

For more information please contact:
Revd Dr Kaisamari Hintikka
Churches in Dialogue Commission
150 route de Ferney
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Tel. +41 791 6246
Fax +41 791 6227