Summer school

Every year in the first two weeks of July, the Old Catholic Seminary at Utrecht University offers two Summer schools in Old Catholic Theology – two weeks of interesting and deepening lectures, meeting people from various cultural and theological backgrounds and enjoying the beautiful city of Utrecht.

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Summer school ‘Old Catholic Theology in its Ecumenical Context’

The Summer school ‘Old Catholic Theology in its Ecumenical Context’ will be offered in the first complete week of July. This course offers an introduction to Old Catholic theology in a ecumenical context.

Old Catholic theology is understood as the main theological currents as they exist in the Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches. The topics covered by the course include the following aspects of Old Catholic theology and tradition: the history of Old Catholicism, spirituality, ecumenism, canon law and ecclesiology, liturgy, and systematic theology.


Summer school ‘The Early Church as Ideal: Old Catholic Theology beyond the Basics’

The Summer school ‘The Early Church as Ideal: Old Catholic Theology beyond the Basics’ will be offered in the second complete week in July. This course offers the possibility to deepen your knowledge of Old Catholic theology by thematic and in-depth case-driven classes, linked to a key starting point of Old Catholic theology: the faith and order of the Early Church. How can a modern church be so ‘traditional’ at the same time? This apparent tension and paradox will be the core theme of this weeklong, intensive course. The course will be taught by experts in Old Catholic theology who are affiliated with the Old Catholic Seminary in Utrecht and beyond.


If you want to attend both weeks, you can apply for the Summer school track ‘Old Catholic Theology: The Early Church as Charism and Challenge’ which combines both courses. Applying for this track leads to a reduction of the course fee.


The course director of the summer schools in Old Catholic Theology is Prof. dr. Peter-Ben Smit. He is assisted by Rieneke Brand, BSc. For any inquiries, you can reach out to p.b.a.smit@uu.nl or rieneke.brand@okkn.nl.