Portugal: The Contemporary International Christian Congress
by Sérgio Neto, FFWPU Portugal
The I International Congress of Contemporary Christianity was held from May 24 to 27, 2018, in Lisbon, focusing on the main theme: “Christianity, Culture and Dialogue in a Changing World”
UPF was invited to participate through our friend and guest, Prof. Alexandre Honrado, an academic in the area of Religious Sciences, who has accompanied us in two events, the Korea Summit 2018 and the ILC_IAPD Europe in Vienna.
Some 60 speakers participated, from the most varied Christian confessions, as well as academics, in the facilities of the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies, with simultaneous presentations, divided between an auditorium and two rooms. Due to the distribution of the presentations the organization has not yet counted, but Prof. Alexandre estimates that around 1000 people have gone through the various presentations.
UPF national president, Dr. Sérgio Vieira was present with a presentation on the last day of the Congress under the theme: “Ecumenism in Portugal – a selective dialogue”, based on one of his academic works in Sociology, on Religion, Ecumenism, Churches & Sects and Interreligious Dialogue.
In addition, in his 15 minutes of communication, he took the first few minutes to show some of the photos of the two most recent and important events of the FPU: the launch of IAPP in Portugal and the IAPD in Vienna.
In our opinion, this was a very interesting event in which UPF was able to establish some contacts and together with Prof. Alexandre will reach out to others, from the main academic and Christian religious personalities (the most ecumenical) in Portugal and thus build the foundation for the national launch of the IAPD. Many thanks, Mansei.