Many cities were shaped by religious movements. In Amsterdam in the Middle Ages almost a third of the buildings were monasteries and other religious buildings. For some time the view was that religion would disappear. A neighborhood like the Bijlmermeer was designed for such a secular, non-religious future. Yet, this future never came and ironically the Bijlmer currently houses the highest number of religious communities in the Netherlands. What’s happening in the city when it comes to religion, and what does the future look like?
In this second edition of De Staat Van God we bring you inspiring mini-classes by top of the rank researchers and professionals in the field. How did the religious history of Amsterdam shape this city? Which urban spaces shape the identities of young Muslims in Newcastle? Why do cities around the world seem to be the perfect breeding ground for evangelical mega-churches? How do secular city dwellers find meaning and spirituality in an urban context? Join us in Pakhuis de Zwijger, and find out!
The VU and UvA organise a three-hour city walk that will take you to some special sacred places in town.
The walk starts at the Nicolaaskerk, opposite Amsterdam CS and it will end at a Flowerchapel, specially designed for the festival in the Oosterkerk, in collaboration with City Church Amsterdam. Free entrance to the Flowerchapel from 12.00 – 16.00
Buy your ticket here
Thursday 21 June
Talks Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
Weekend 23/24 June
Citywalk Sacred Places
Prins Hendrikkade 73
Je kan de bijdrages hier terugluisteren via soundcloud (ook via je podcast app) of terugkijken via youtube. (In Dutch)
Bel Suzan Doodeman > 06 44 64 83 29
of Johannes van den Akker > 06 45 792 862