Events and evangelization today
In our day, we are facing a specific challenge. Hella Joof, Jordan Peterson, Kristian Leth, Eske Willerslev and their books are expressions of a newfound religious curiosity in the Danish national mind. The challenge for us lies in how we address that curiosity. This track will revolve around that. It will be a look into operations of the event weeks of the country’s two largest universities. The track will be inclusive and will try to help with concrete reflections on how you can make events in your study location.
Therefore, each of the three days will consist of a panel discussion between qualified people, and an introductory presentation for inspiration from a university event, where we will also hear about the considerations behind it. In short: Together, we are going to figure out how to reinterpret Christianity to the twenty-first century.
Panel discussion 1: How do we address people’s religious curiosity? How is faith discussed in the twenty-first century? Panel: Peter Højlund, Hans-Christian Vindum Petterson, Lisa Rom Boye and others
Talk: Is Christianity misanthropic? by Peter Højlund
Panel discussion 2: How do we address people’s need for authenticity? And how do we use ourselves? Panel: Johannes Xie, Kristian Kappel, David Ingemansen and others
Talk: Jesus walks into a gay bar by Johannes Xie
Panel Discussion 3: Patience and practical experience. How do you follow up, and what should you expect? Panel: Sigrid Wibe, Tobias Baltzer, Mie Bauer and others
Talk: Doubt by Sigrid Wibe
Troels Nymann Eriksen is coordinator of this track. Troels is BA in Literary History and Religious studies.
The freedom in the Old Testament
“We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” So says Philip – one of Jesus’ first disciples. This Jesus says to the Jewish scholars: “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scripture that testify about me.”
In this track we will dive into Scripture (= The Old Testament) to see how they testify about Jesus, and how they proclaim the gospel. Sunday school division: “The Old Testament is the law; The New Testament is the gospel” does not last in the long run.
Sunday: The freedom in the name of God
God reveals himself as “I am”. What does that mean – and what does it really mean, that God has a name?
Monday: The freedom in the covenant of God
The Old Testament is full of covenants – but what is the point of them? How are the covenants constituted?
Tuesday: The freedom in the salvation of God
For this last gathering we are going to look at something so central as salvation and the gospel. Where do we find it most clearly in the Old Testament – and what on earth has it got to do with us?
Well met to a course where we will dive into the Old Testament soil to get our hands dirty but in return (hopefully!) end with a big lump of gold!
Kasper Andreas Bergholt is coordinator of this track. Kasper studies theology at Menighedsfakultetet.
International student mission
Is God up to something? What movement are we a part of? How does God’s student mission look globally, and do KFS have their hands in other things than the Danish soil? Come with us to the city of cities, the black mountains, the home country of Jesus, the largest island of the world and the roof of the world. We are being visited by co-workers from Paris, Montenegro, Israel, Greenland, and we are hoping to have visitors from Nepal as well. We are going to hear how to do student mission in so diverse cultures, and we are going to find out what we can learn from what God is doing outside of our own little duck pond. Come and be introduced to a little snippet of God’s worldwide family and mission. Not God, nor the world will be bigger because of it, but our enthusiasm for God’s worldwide mission will.
Christian Rasmussen is coordinator of this track. Christian is MA in theology and General Secretary in KFS.
Gender and sexuality for debate
The debate about gender and sexuality has flared up like never before. Pride parades fill the city scene. Two genders have become 70. The sexual emancipation accelerates. What are we to think about all these things as Christians? In this seminar we will shed light on important questions with common human arguments that your non-Church-accustomed friends will be able to share as well – and we will see how respect for sexual minorities is at the core of the Christian etic.
Sunday: “Faith with sex-appeal: Why the Bible’s view on sex is wilder than you think”
Monday: “About gender, gender roles, and when two genders are not enough”
Tuesday: “Christian and gay” by guest speaker Johannes Xie and others
Jacob Munk is coordinator of this track. Jacob studies theology at Menighedsfakultetet. He is a project worker at AdamogEva.dk
Jesus once said: “Go out in the world and your day-to-day study lives and keep the good news to yourselves. Whatever you do, do not share them! And I will be with you most of the time, maybe. Now go. Amen.”
Or did he?
We believe that Jesus is the savior of the world and that is good news to a fallen world. Love conquered hate, light conquered darkness, and life conquered death. All because Jesus became attentive in our world. That demands a reply from us.
How can we with our lives show presence and attentiveness that points to Jesus?
On the first day we are going to hear about how mission has been decisive for different students. On the second day we are going to hear about how mission appears in the world and how mission moves very much in our days. Last day we are zooming in on our lives. How do we partake in the mission?
Come and be encouraged to go to the world with the best news!
Morten Kofoed Munch and Kristoffer Hjorth Kruse are coordinators of this track.
Morten studies theology at University of Copenhagen and works as student assistant in KFS with focus on Uncover.
Kristoffer studies theology at Aarhus University and is Uncover assistant in KFS.
Room for opinion
In 2006, the former prime minister of Denmark, Anders Fogh, said that “Less religion in the public space will mean that the believers keep their dogmas to themselves – and admit others the right to believe and mean differently.”
In KFS we fully respect and fight for other people’s right to have an opinion, but we also believe that this respect is most strongly shown when opinions are shared, and the liberty of the spirit gets feet to walk on.
In this track we will listen to people who are experienced in speaking their opinion – for good and for bad – and learn from them. We will talk about how we form our opinions and challenge each other on them. We will also try to make KFS’s slogan Room for opinion concrete and reflect on how we can make room for the liberty of the spirit in our everyday life.
Anna Kiel Rughave is coordinator of this track. Anna is MA in History of Ideas and History.
It is important to take doubt and skepticism seriously – whether you are a Christian or not. To dare to ask questions and ponder them.
As students we face a lot of questions about Christianity. Some of these stems from lectures in science, history or perhaps philosophy. In this track we will look at these questions. At the same time, we will see that these sciences actually contain good arguments that support the truth of Christianity.
Sunday: Faith and science?
Has science refuted God? Or will it do so before long? I will explain why we should not expect it and at the same time present some scientific reasons for believing in God.
Monday: Believe in the Gospels?
The gospels are religious writings so can they be trusted as historical sources? We will investigate this, and we will look at historical arguments that speak for the gospels credibility.
Tuesday: God and evil?
How on earth can God allow the world to be full of evil and suffering? It is a difficult question that we will try to investigate. At the same time, we will see that the existence of evil is not only a challenge for Christians, but also a problem for atheists.
Mathias Schultz Laursen and Martin Vase are coordinators of this track. Mathias studies theology at Menighedsfakultetet and Martin studies science studies.
Do you know the frustration about the everyday pastel-colored fellowship with Jesus? Do you know what it is like to look at someone from KFS or church and think: Wow, there is someone who just lives with Jesus as his/her best friend! I wish it was me. Do you know the frustration of finally pulling yourself together to pray or read in the Bible – and then experience it as grey, boring, something you have heard 100 times before. Maybe you can recognize some of it, maybe you just want to be challenged and inspired to spiritual practice in your everyday life – this track is put together for you and to you who can relate to the above! Over 3 presentations we will dive into different spiritual disciplines and se why God has created us with a spiritual longing after a close fellowship with him – and at the same time see why it can be so challenging. The goal for this track is for you to be equipped to an everyday life with Jesus and be challenged to follow Him as you are created. Well met to an exciting track!
Morten Højlund Wibe is coordinator of this track. Morten KFS-staff working among students in Southern Denmark. Educated teacher from Læreruddannelsen in Aarhus.
Being a human
We are all humans. And yet it can be so difficult to be precisely that – a human being. It is not simple. This track grabs unto some of the fundamental things about being a human. Humans move in four spheres: Body, mind, spirit and relations. There is plenty of focus on the spirit on Easter camp so we will focus on the body, the mind, and the relational aspect of the human life. To do this we will use our educations in Cognitive Science and theology respectively.
The first two presentations will thus deal with the timeless issues regarding our mind and our relations: shame and envy and pride. The last day we will merge our studies to a joint presentation about the body.
Sunday: Shame, by Nanna
We want to be known but shame is the fear of being exposed.
Monday: Envy and pride, by Anders
We will inevitably compare ourselves, but envy and pride are the extremes.
Tuesday: The body, by Nanna and Anders
We have a body. We are a body. A sheath or a trophy?
Nanna Kildahl Mathiasen og Anders Nexgaard Keseler is coordinators of this track.
Nanna studies Cognitive Science at Aarhus Universitet.
Anders studies theology at Menighedsfakultetet in Aarhus.