International Consultation Sao Paolo



International Consultation on Mission and Theology in the Context of Persecution

17 – 18 September 2018, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Exploring responses to religious discrimination and persecution


Christian responses to persecution were the topic of a recent and most extensive research project regarding Freedom of religion or belief and persecution. The research results have been recently released ( an executive summary “In Response to Persecution” ( and a scholarly compendium “Under Ceasar’s Sword: How Christians respond to persecution”, Cambridge Univ. Press.[1]

Furthermore the State Department of the USA hosted a first ever “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” in July 2018,[2] with delegations from 80 foreign governments and hundreds of attendees at specific events for NGOs. In addition there were numerous side events facilitated by members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in Washington[3], some of which presented new research.

This body of opinion, documentation and research mainly emanating from the US is worth engaging critically, from an interdisciplinary perspective, and by other research communities. It has the potential to serve as a reference point for a fruitful discussion.


The following institutions are co-organizers:

  • International Association for Mission Studies, Study Group on Religious Freedom, Persecution and Mission
  • Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Graduate School of Theology
  • Andrew Jumper Graduate Center (CPAJ)  in São Paulo, Brazil, related to the Mackenzie Presbyterian University
  • ETF Leuven, Belgium (Professorship on Religious Freedom and Persecution; Initiative for the Study of Freedom of Religion or Belief)
  • FTH Giessen, Germany (Giessen School of Theology: Professur für Religionsfreiheit und Erforschung der Christenverfolgung)
  • International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo, Brasilia, Brussels/Geneva)


This consultation will be held concurrently with the 2nd International Researchers Consultation on Freedom of Religion or Belief & 7th Brazilian Symposium on Law and Religion and will share the plenary program with them. Those other events are secular in nature, interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on empirical and legal perspectives, and open to adherents of any religion or none.


Duration: 2 full days with travel on 16 and 19 September

Costs: estimated maximum 473 UD$ (including hotel single room, airport shuttle, meals, conference fee)

Funding: The main principle is that every participant is responsible for own funding and conference fee, particularly those from potent universities and institutions. Potential bursaries are dependent on sponsorship.



  • Scholars and postgraduate students who study any aspect relevant to the topic and produce original research (see call for papers).
  • Interested academics and those involved in professional research into the topic.
  • Students of Mackenzie University.


On behalf of the organizing committee of the joint consultations


Prof. Dr. Christof Sauer, Professor for Religious Freedom, ETF Leuven, Belgium / FTH Giessen, Germany / IIRF

Prof. Dr. Uziel Santana, President, ANAJURE, Brazil/  Law Professor, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil

Felipe Augusto Carvalho, Legal Counsel, ANAJURE, Brazil/ Projects Director, FCL Law


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P.S.: Note the opportunity to also attend ICLARS Conference in Rio de Janeiro 12-14 September 2018 ( for which you would have to register separately.


[1] — NB: contact us if you are unable to access this book.