The aim of nevertheless. is to open up the space so that people and groups who have ideas and are looking for impulses to network and develop an idea of what can be made new in the Church. There will be lectures, exchange among each other, workshops and spiritual impulses.

Friday is dedicated to arriving, getting to know each other and networking. In addition to the impulses on content, there will be plenty of time for exchange among each other – not least in the evening at the informal get-together.

Saturday is workshop day: In two rounds of workshops and supplemented by inspiring inputs, all conference participants will have the opportunity to be trained on specific topics by proven experts. Tools that are practically helpful for developing something new will be presented and tried out. In addition, the participants themselves will contribute their own knowledge and experience. In the evening, there will be a celebration: with liberating stories of cultivated failures and the awarding of the zap:innovation prize.

Sunday serves to strengthen and keep up the energy. Innovating in the Church is personally very enriching, but it also costs energy. Therefore we ask: What sustains in the long run?

The conference ends with a Eucharist celebration with a preacher slam.

Friday, 15 September 2023

13.45Arrival & Welcome, good music by Luis Weiß
14.00Welcome by Bishop Dr Heiner Wilmer & introduction to the programme by the conference sponsors
14.45Confidence under pressure – Because people still ask us. Keynote address by Dr Thomas Arnold, Dresden
16.00Nevertheless: But I say to you … – Exchange of views among the participants
18.00How does innovation work nevertheless? – Central insights from the programme “Space for Grace” with Daniel Born, Pieter Vandecasteele and Peter Unterberg.
19.30Get-together with lots of getting to know each other & good conversations

Saturday, 16 September 2023

9.00“Behold, I make all things new!” – Start the day well & spiritual introduction to the morning
9.45This is how the Church nevertheless works – workshop phase 1: 25 workshops in which helpful methods and tools are presented and tried out
12.45Lunch break
14.15Nevertheless alive: Identifying marks for church and social vitality – Keynote by Prof. Dr Matthias Sellmann and Dr Miriam Zimmer,
15.15This is how nevertheless the Church works – workshop phase 2: 25 workshops in which helpful methods and tools are presented and tried out.
18.30Celebrating the new – festive gala with the awarding of the zap:innovation prize

You will find the specific workshops in the workshop overview.

Sunday, 17 September 2023

9.00Introduction to the day with Msgr. Georg Austen
9.15With balance and depth – spiritual impulse by Esther Göbel
9.45What sustains? – Impulses for a robust spirituality of departure by Bishop Dr Heiner Wilmer
10.30What has shaped me? – Personal signs of hope for one’s own path // Exchange among participants
11.45Carried and sent – Eucharistic celebration with Preacher-Slam
A service to move on with Bishop Dr Heiner Wilmer and three preacher-slammers