Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism: Christian Perspectives, 21 June 2022

June 21st, 2022
European Academy of Religion – Bologna


The panel is part of the Theologies and Practices of Pluralism project and is composed of three sessions, respectively dedicated to Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Protestantism addressing the theologies and practices of intercultural and interreligious encounters within each Christian tradition.

Major historical events such as the East and West Schism or the Reformation have impacted the Christian understanding of religious diversity from the West and beyond. The creation of the Ecumenical movement(s) and the Second Vatican Council initiated shifts in thinking about religious diversity among Christians as well as the regime of truth of other religious traditions. On the other hand, we witness the  “reverse mission” of Christians (mainly Pentecostals)  from outside the West bringing back the Gospel into a secularised world. Additionally globalisation has accelerated the religious pluralism of historical Christian minorities as well as their increased visibility in Western countries (see for instance the Orthodox Diasporas or the Protestant denominations).


VENUE: Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose – Sala Arancio – Via San Vitale 114, Bologna


Session I

Session on Protestantism



Chairs: Debora Spini (NYU Florence/Centro Studi Confronti) / Jocelyne Cesari (Georgetown

University/University of Birmingham) / Giancarlo Bosetti (ResetDOC)



Fulvio Ferrario (Facoltà Valdese di Teologia)

Letizia Tomassone (Facoltà Valdese di Teologia)

Christophe Chalamet (Université de Genève)

Paolo Naso (Sapienza Università di Roma)

Alessia Passarelli (ResetDOC/FSCIRE/Centro Studi Confronti)

Darrell Jackson (Whitley College, University of Divinity)


Session II 

Session on Orthodoxy



Chairs: Jose Casanova (Georgetown University) / Jocelyne Cesari (Georgetown University/

University of Birmingham)



Kristina Stoeckl (Universität Innsbruck)

Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos Academy for Theological Studies/KU Leuven/Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

Elizabeth Prodromou (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)

Cyril Hovorun (Stockholm School of Theology)

Aristotle Papanikoalou (Fordham University)

Katerina Pekridou (Conference of European Churches)


Session III

Session on Catholicism


Chairs: Giancarlo Bosetti (ResetDOC) / Jocelyne Cesari (Georgetown University/University of Birmingham)



Alberto Melloni (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia/FSCIRE)

Jose Casanova (Georgetown University)

Sandra Mazzolini (Pontificia Università Urbaniana)

Ilaria Macconi (FSCIRE)

Riccardo Cristiano (ResetDOC)


This conference has been coordinated by Alessia Passarelli in cooperation with Giancarlo Bosetti, José Casanova, Alberto Melloni, Jocelyne Cesari and Kristina Stoeckl, and is part of the European Academy of Religion (Bologna, 20-23 June 2022 – Full program:


Project General Coordination:
Giancarlo Bosetti (Executive Chair Reset DOC), Jonathan Laurence (Executive Director Reset Dialogues US), Alessia Passarelli (Scientific Coordinator Reset DOC).

Steering Academic Committee:
Jocelyne Cesari (Chair), José Casanova (Co-Chair), Alberto Melloni, Mohammed Hashas, Adnane Mokrani, Kristina Stoeckl.


Cover Photo: JF Martin / Unsplash

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