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Symposium 'How do you become a Christian?´ A relevant theme for Pentecost, Rome and Refomation

What Symposium Global Pentecostalism /Europe Study Resources /Theology
When 2007-11-30
from 10:00 to 15:15
Where Vrije Universiteit Auditorium (main building), De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
Contact Name Ramona van den Hoed
Contact Email
Contact Phone +31-20-5988628
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Discussion of the latest report 'On Becoming A Christian' of the International Dialogue between the Papal Council for Unity Amongst Christians and representatives of the classical Pentecostal Movement. Participants from Roman Catholic, Reformed and Pentecostal churches. Speakers: Cecil M. Robeck, Patrick Lens, Bas Plaisier, Hubert Zegwaart Organization: Cornelis van der Laan and Cornelis van der Kooi

On November 30, 2007 the Professorial chair Pentecostalism and the Professorial Chair Theology of the Charismatic Renewal of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam organize a Symposium with the subject 'How do you become a Christian?´.

’On Becoming A Christian’ was the subject of the International Dialogue between the Papal Council for Unity Amongst Christians and representatives of the classical Pentecostal Movement. The report will be published shortly.

The co-chairman of this Dialogue, prof. Mel Robeck (Assemblies of God, USA), will give an introduction during the Symposium. There will be responses from the Roman Catholic Church, Protestant Church in the Netherlands and from the United Pentecostal and Gospel Churches. Among the speakers are: mgr. J. van Burgsteden, dr. P. Lens o.p., ds. B. Plaisier, P. Sleebos and drs. H. Zegwaart.

Program 10.00-15.15 hours. Costs: Euro 21

Registration with: Ramona van den Hoed, E


  • prof. Cees van der Laan, T 020-5988628
  • prof. Kees van der Kooi,
  • Kees Slijkerman, T 0343-578814 E .

From this international dialogue, started in 1971 with Cardinal Willebrands, four reports have already been published, the last one in 1997. Since 1999 there is a dialogue between catholics an pentecostals in the Netherlands. For an overview of the international dialogue since 1972: nr. 0044 en 0010 op For the dialogue in the Netherlands: see There are also other dialogues between protestants, catholics and pentecostals in the Netherlands.

Enclosed program also on


09.30 registration and coffee

10.00 opening by prof. Cees van der Laan

10.10 paper prof. Cecil M. Robeck

11.00 Respondent 1 of the Roman Catholic Church dr. Patrick Lens o.p.

11.20 break

11.50 Respondent 2 of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands dr. Bas Plaisier

12.10 Respondent 3 of the United Pentecostal and Gospel Churches drs. Huib Zegwaart

12.30 lunch

13.30 forum discussion led by prof. Kees van der Kooi with assistant-bishop Jan van Burgsteden, VPE-president Peter Sleebos, prof. Cecil Robeck and the three respondents

14.15 plenary discussion

15.15 close with tea/coffee


Vrije Universiteit
Auditorium (main building)
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

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Cornelis van der Laan

Veenendaal, The Netherlands
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
last modified 2007-11-28 12:02