500 years of Reformation: the Reformation’s legacy in Switzerland and Germany

The Reformation’s formative influence and its impact on democratic forms of government and interconfessional tolerance, as well as culture and society, will be discussed in the course of a three-part panel series with renowned guests from the fields of politics, church, science and society during the Federal Political Forum at Käfigturm Bern.

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, in cooperation with the German Embassy in Switzerland and the Federal Political Forum, will address the issue of the Reformation’s legacy in Switzerland and Germany. This topic will be discussed in the course of the following three panel events:

February 27, 2017, 7 p.m. “The Reformation’s significance for the 21st century.” What actually happened 500 years ago? And how do the events of the Reformation affect the present? Panelists: Christina Aus der Au, Tim Guldimann, Otto Lampe, Katharina Heyden.

March 15, 2017, 7 p.m. “Reformation and democracy.” Which of the Reformation’s influences continue to have an effect on the democratic form of government in Switzerland and Germany today? Panelists: Peter Opitz, Martin Schmidt, Irmgard Schwaetzer.

March 27, 2017, 7p.m. “Reformation between war and tolerance.” The path to interconfessional tolerance was hard-won through the experience of persecution and extensive, bloody conflicts at the time of the Counterreformation. Do the experiences gathered from these events offer any potential for overcoming today’s religiously fueled conflicts? Panelists: Reinhard Bodenmann, Reinhard Schulze, Düzen Tekkal.

The panel series is moderated by three presenters of Swiss broadcasting channel SRF.

Admission is free; to order tickets, see information in the flyer (in German).