Rev. Wies Houweling

Wies Houweling comes from a liberal family in the Netherlands and yet grew up in a religiously conservative environment. She studied reformist theology in Amsterdam and Nijmegen. After working as a university chaplain in Wageningen and a long-term ministry in Amsterdam, she felt that many people were working to sustain institutions rather than direct their attention to the love of God and human kind.

Rev. Wies Houweling

Today Wies is the General Secretary of Vrijzinnigen Nederland,a liberal religious association that, with many others, forms the network Nieuw Wij, “free-thinking” people who feel connected to society and want to make a positive contribution toward bettering society. Vrijzinnigen Nederland has 44 departments and is a member of the ICUU.

In her theme talk, the Rev. Houweling will begin with questions and doubts about the future of religion and show that innovative initiatives are always possible and indeed already taking place. She will discuss how to improve society in its many colors. The starting points are: the uniqueness and individuality of each human being, an appreciation of diversity, the realization that we are part of a coherent, interdependent web of all existence and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

Wies is planning, technology gods willing, an interactive workshop, so if you own a smart phone, please be sure to bring it to her talk.

Wies Houweling will speak in German. English interpreting will be provided.