Social media and ecumenism at Kirchentag

We are here in Dresden, Germany, for the Kirchentag festival. 120,000 people expected.

Kirchentag horizontal

It’s raining a little, and really, really cold compared to yesterday, and everyone is setting up their tents and booths. Makes me think about the Festival of Booths in biblical days.

The Germans are remarkable organizers and this should be an incredible week. I hope to send up a few blog posts from here about whats happening here and in the wider German church scene.

I speak a few times at Kirchentag on the subject of social media and ecumenism. Come along to my sessions if you get a chance:

1. SOCIAL MEDIA. Thursday, 3pm to 4pm

“Tallskinnykiwi: From around the world Andrew Jones reports on his extraordinary blog. In the internet cafe, he meets Tom Noeding from They talk about Christian faith and social media. Location: (See German guide) EnergieVerbund Arena, Loungebereich, Magdeburger Str. 10 (220/N15/Stadtplan)

2. ECUMENISM. Friday, 3pm to 6pm

Centre for Encounter: Central and Eastern Europe
Ecumenism – That’s my story too. Experiences which give us courage. Story telling salon.

Andrew Jones, global networker, New Zealand

Andrzej Korus, Wroclaw, Poland

Prof. Dr. Konrad Raiser, former general secretary World Council of Churches, Berlin

Dr. Peter Sajda OP, Bratislava, Slovakia

Jalil Schwarz, Friedenskoch Abrahamszelt e.V., Bergheim

Bischop Uland Spahlinger, Odessa, Ukraine

Mateusz Srodon, icon painter and lecturer in Eastern Christianity, Warsaw, Poland

Natallia Vasilevich, director of the Ecumena cultural and educational centre, Minsk, Belarus

Alexej Wassin, Belarussian Orthodox Church, Reutlingen

Moderation: Michael Kaminski, Munich

Dreikönigskirche, Haus der Kirche, Festsaal, Hauptstr. 23 (200 /P15)

Languages: various (table interpretation)


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.

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