Cultural Witness: The Christian Witness in Society

Forum Faith & Society 2024

Today, our Western societies are hardly united by a common vision for the future. Instead, profound divisions, uncertainty, and hopelessness characterize the public consciousness. It is precisely in times like these that the Christian faith and its perspectives of hope need to be brought into the public debate in a fresh, accessible and proactive way.

The creative and culturally formative power of the Gospel has repeatedly become a resource for the renewal of culture and society and can still be so today. The Christian faith is able to lend depth, beauty and meaning to life. To represent it intelligently, attractively, and comprehensibly, we need not only words but also visible signs that make the good news tangible and concrete.

As "Faith & Society Forum", the 10th Fribourg Conference on theological and social renewal will explore the profile and potential of Christian witness in a pluralistic world.

You can find practical information about the event below and everything else about the program under the various tabs on the left.

Thursday to Saturday,
June 13 - 15, 2024

With Tom Holland, Michael Triegel, Ester Maria Magnis, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Graham Tomlin, Gudrun Nassauer, Christine Schliesser, Peter Bouteneff, Ralph Kunz, Benjamin Schliesser, Corinna Schubert and many other speakers.

  • Prize

    Entire conference: CHF 250.00
    Day admission: CHF 100.00

    We offer a discount for enrolled students (-50%).
    Students of the Universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Bern and Zurich can attend free of charge (-100%).

  • Venue

    The conference venue is located in the main building of the University of Fribourg (Miséricorde) and can be reached from the train station in about 5 minutes. When you get to the main hall from the platform, use the rear exit (direction TPF bus station). When you are in the bus station, turn right immediately and walk straight ahead to the pedestrian crossing, cross the main road and then turn left ( l'Europe) towards the university.

  • Getting there

    If you arrive by car, you can park in the surrounding parking garages of the University of Fribourg. Please consult Fribourg Tourisme.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation costs are not included in the participation fee, hotels must be booked separately. Information on accommodation and hotels can be found on the Fribourg Tourisme website.

    It is also possible to book cheaper guest rooms in bed & breakfasts in Fribourg and the surrounding area. A list of official B&Bs is available here.

    If you are arriving as a group of students, we can organize inexpensive accommodation in a nearby civil protection facility on request (subject to availability).

  • Food

    All coffee breaks take place in the Ehrenhalle in front of the Aula Magna.

    The University of Fribourg canteen offers culinary delights. Two daily menus, a vegetarian buffet and a salad buffet will be offered at lunchtime. Additional meat and fish delicacies are prepared on the grill. Other dining options are within walking distance.

  • Language

    The conference will be professionally translated simultaneously into German, French and English by avl-interpreters (except breakout sessions, tracks and evening programs). The official conference languages are German and English.