Will be a ZOOM Meeting
The Monthly Meeting Committee is happy to announce that Dr Trond Bakkevig has kindly agreed to meet us on Zoom for what will certainly be an interesting lecture on some of the synergies in the Middle East Process. Dr Bakkevig is newly retired as Archdeacon of Vestre Aker, the Church of Norway.
His doctoral thesis at the University of Oslo (1984) was on theology and nuclear arms. Linked to this work was an article on the issue of Just War from 1983.
As a Convener for the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, Dr Bakkevig has been facilitating dialogue between the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, and the Supreme Judge of the Sharia Courts in Palestine. He was also involved in dialogues elsewhere in the Middle East.
He was the personal adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1988-1989, and the Moderator of the Board of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights in 1993-1998.
His writing focuses primarily on political ethics, the relationship between church, religion and society, but lately also on the role of religious dialogue and cooperation between religions in relation to peace negotiations and peace processes. He has also written numerous scientific and popular articles in Norwegian and international books and journals. These have mostly dealt with issues of ecclesiology, ethics and pastoral theology.