And That’s a Wrap!

And the Inaugural Wolfhart Pannenberg Symposium is a wrap! This first conference was a great success, and we are planning another symposium meeting for 2023. Theme and dates TBD. This was an outstanding time together with a lot of great papers, and we are excited about next year! Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible, and a special thanks to all of our conference participants who presented such exciting and erudite papers. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Keep an eye on this page and website for updates concerning the 2023 meeting, conference themes, and conference dates.


Conference Agenda

The Spirit, The Kingdom and Ecumenism: Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Doctrine of the Church

Loyola University Chicago held Online

March 25th-26th, 2022


Event times in Central Standard (CST)

Friday, March 25th
1:00 pm to 1:30 pmWelcome and Introductions
1:30 pm to 2:45 pmKeynote Presentation and Conversation
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (local time 9:30 pm CET)
2:45 pm to 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 pm to 4:15 pmPaper Session 1
Matthias Ruf, (local time 9:00 pm CET)
Christiaan Mostert (local time 7:35 am Melbourne, Australia)
4:15 pm to 4:30 pmWrap up
Saturday, March 26th
6:40 am to 7:15 amPaper Session II AJ Boyd (local time 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm CET) Cancelled
Michal Opatrný (local time 12:40 pm – 1:15 pm CET)
7:15 am to 7:45 amBreak
7:45 am to 9:00 amPaper Session III
Johanne Stubbe T. Kristensen (local time 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm CET)
Avweroswo Akpojaro Junior, (local time 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm CET)
9:00 am to 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am to 12:15 pmPaper Session IV
Mark Hertenstein (local time 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm GMT)
Jaejin Yang (local time 9:00 am – 10:15 am PST)
12:15 pm to 1:30 pmPlenary Session and Closing

Registration Now Open

Registration for the Inaugural Wolfhart Pannenberg Symposium is now open. Please visit the Registration page in order to register for the conference.

See you all March 25-26, 2022!

Change in Venue and Registration Information

Due to the high-percentage of conference presentations that will be written and delivered by international scholars, the planning committee for the Inaugural Wolfhart Pannenberg Symposium has decided to host the conference as a virtual conference. This will better facilitate our international participants, many of whose respected countries still have particular travel restrictions in place.

We are planning to open up Registration for the conference in the very near future. We will post more information on Registration at the appropriate time, and we will send out announcements through multiple outlets, particularly our social media outlets, once Registration is open, and we will also send out email announcements to those who have requested such. If you would like to receive an email announcement once Registration has opened, please drop us a message through the Contact page.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in March, and we are very excited about the key-note speaker, Dr. Kärkkäinen, and the great scholars whose proposals for the Symposium have been accepted for inclusion.

Keynote Speaker Announcement

We are excited to announce that Rev. Dr. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen will be the Keynote Speaker for the Inaugural Wolfhart Pannenberg Symposium on March 25-26, 2022. Dr. Kärkkäinen (Dr. Theol. Habil., University of Helsinki) is Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and Docent of Ecumenics at the University of Helsinki. Native of Finland, he has also lived and taught theology in Thailand, and he continues participating widely in ecumenical, theological, and inter-religious work. Among almost 30 books written and edited, his most recent project includes the five-volume series titled Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World (Eerdmans 2013-17), which develops a full-scale systematic theology in a critical dialogue with Christian tradition, including global and contextual interpretations, natural sciences, and four other living faiths. Dr. Kärkkäinen is a member of the Academy of Sciences in Finland and an ordained Lutheran minister (ELCA). He has been an avid student of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s work and engages with it in nearly all of his projects. We are very excited and blessed to have him as our Keynote Speaker!

Now Accepting Paper Proposals

We are now accepting paper proposals for the Inaugural Symposium. Please see the Call for Papers for more details. Proposals are due by July 1, 2021.