About the Conference

Conference Mission

Wolfhart Pannenberg was one of the most important theologians of the 20th and 21st centuries. His three-volume Systematic Theology has been acclaimed by many to be the most interdisciplinary systematics written to date. However, many today are unfamiliar with his work and the vast opportunities that it afford theologians. Inspired by the annual Pannenberg colloquia affiliated with the Pannenberg Research Center at the Munich School of Philosophy, we believe a regular symposium on Pannenberg’s theology would be of great benefit for theologians in the American context. This symposium aims to meet this need. The purpose of the Wolfhart Pannenberg Symposium is to continue engagement with Pannenberg’s theological project with an eye to contemporary theological construction.

Conference Theme

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the publication of volume three of Pannenberg’s Systematic Theology in English, the Inaugural Symposium theme is The Spirit, the Kingdom, and Ecumenism—Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Doctrine of the Church. Topics that will be addressed in the presentations of the conference include but are not limited to Pannenberg’s pneumatology, ecclesiology, sacramentology, political theology, eschatology, and, in particular, his ecumenism.

Conference Location and Date

Though the Inaugural Wolfhart Pannenberg Symposium was originally planned to be held at the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL, on March 25–26, 2022, it will now be held digitally via Zoom or some other video-conferencing software. The reason for this is to better facilitate our international participants, who make up the majority of the paper presentations. The conference dates remain the same: March 25–26, 2022.

Conference Proceeds

All proceeds from the Symposium will go towards hosting a second conference and towards establishing The Society of Wolfhart Pannenberg Studies.