2016 in Gothenburg / Göteborg, Sweden

The next ECIC will take in Gothenburg, Sweden from 31 May - 3 June 2016. Mark your calendars!

Between Angels and Trolls - a web of emotions

Marketing clips, viral videos, cat-content, Youtube and Instagram celebrities, racist comments - the web is full of emotions. Strong emotions strengthen an experience and connect us to others as well as our on-line and the off-line realities. It's important to find ways to express quiet and more hidden emotions so that complexity of human life can be present in every social sphere of communication. Without emotions there is no real digital experience.

Does the web provide new possibilities for change, democracy, transparency and relationship?  Is the web also creating a culture of voyeurism and angry reactionaries? How can we create emotional content? How can we challenge the dark side of anonymity, and as Christians stand up against it? What consequences will this have and how can the Church benefit from communicating emotionally? How can we face these challenges creatively?

Questions such as these will be discussed during ECIC 21. Come, be part of the conversation!


2015 in Helsinki

The next European Christian Internet Conference will take place 9-12 June 2015 at the conference hotel sofia in Helsinki. Website of the venue: www.sofia.fi

Registration is now open and will close an 1 May!

The topic of ECIC 20 will be:

Let us play - Gamification, Storytelling and Faith       
Gamification as a tool for storytelling and contributing to the community as part of our history and the game industry.

It will be an opportunity to learn, bounce ideas, meet potential cooperation partners, and spend time with peers from across Europe that will give you inspiration and motivation for the whole year!

Register by 20 March to benefit from the early registration fee of 430 €! But first, be sure  to read the conference information.

Why should you attend the next ECIC?
With ECIC 2015 taking place in and near Helsinki, Finland, (home of Angry Birds!)  We will take the opportunity to delve into the culture of gamification, discover something of the challenges, how we might learn from them and bring something of these lessons into our own Christian community.


God loves me — regardless of my Klout.

-- Text of Tueday's morning chapel --


 I am working at home, daughter sees I ‘m on Facebook and says

 ”Dad, I ‘m better than you.”
"I have more friends - and your friends are not real friends, only colleagues from work"

How do we determine a person’s value? By the number of “friends” (or: contacts on Facebook)? Instead of Facebook friends, you can also insert other things: the house you built, the job you got, the money that you earn, or your friends in real life.

A second scene: My daughter uploaded a new profile picture in a social network.

After uploading she prompted her friends for comments. Within minutes, she received feedback. Fortunately, it was a lot of positive comments.

 I know that teenagers need feedback by their peer group. The internet is sometimes brutal an sometimes brutally honest. What would have happened if my daughter had not gotten any feedback at all? Would she view herself a “victim”? Would she have lost her value?

But it is not only young people who are affected by social networks

 A colleague joined Facebook. After I confirmed his fiend request, Facebook displayed a message on my screen: “N.N. has 3 friends only - help him find more friends.”

Such a looser, I thought and then I started to realize what I just had done in my mind.

Jesus, an open person

Pastor Martin Hoegger, ecumenical officer of the Reformed Church in the Canton of Vaud, preached the following sermon during the opening service of the 19th European Christian Internet Conference, at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, 2 June 2014.

I. Jesus, the open communicator par excellence

The theme of this conference is "Open Internet, Open Church, Open Source."

I would like to meditate on that little word "open".

First and foremost about Jesus as a completely “open” person.

Jesus was open to God and open to human beings: he lived that throughout his life. We read it in the Gospels.

Certainly, there is a mystery in the person of Jesus: his relationship with the one he calls his Father. Gradually he reveals the mystery of this relationship to those he meets.

When we walk with him, he gradually also reveals us the depth of this relationship.

Let us now ask a question: when was Jesus open, at the maximum?

I think it is on the cross. I propose you to read the narrative of the crucifixion according Luke in that way. (Luke 23,32-47)

At that paradoxical moment, Jesus is open to God and to human beings: he continues to communicate with heaven and earth.

Yet it seems that heavens and earth are completely closed for Jesus.

Heaven is closed: God seems to hide and the sky turned dark.

The earth is closed: all his disciples abandoned him, the leaders insulted him, the soldiers mocked him.

Yet in that terrible moment of closing, Jesus does not retire unto himself, he remains open, he continues to communicate.

Free Software: the idea, the values and where it's going

Some thoughts:


Who of you listeners owns a mobile phone? Everyone of us are carring a small computer all the time, but question is who control this device?


Why software matters?

Because there is so many computers in every home

If you don’t believe, count the amount of computers in your home…

 There is software almost “everywhere”, t.ex. fridge, there can be software inside the nowadays fridge

All these computers run by softwares.

Who control softwares controls computers.


Free software gives you four freedoms.

- freedom of use

- freedom to use or study and to understand the code

- freedom to share software

- freedom to improve


The history of free software started 1983 with practical problem; how this printer works and could it work better?


Knowledge of coding give possibility to make you own applications based on other works. 


Free softwares t.ex.:

Open internet, open church? New community structures in the global church

Opening Keynote: Open internet, open church? New community structures in the global church - Roger Schmidt, Digital Encounters (Hexagone)

Roger Schmidt took us for a tour de force of the history of the internet.

1.        In the beginning the Internet is used as an Information Superhighway. Information in large scale is retrievable through the Internet.

2.        The next step defines the Internet as the social web. No longer is the Internet a network of information, but of everybody. Everybody are able to connect and share. Everybody can participate.

3.        The present age. Internet of Everything. Everything is connected. We are all having our mobiles connected etc. Connections are no big deal anymore.

The advantages are many, but is the Internet only progress. Roger Schmidt mentioned four areas, where we think we are free, but the freedom can be questioned. (From the book Digital Freedom Traps by Werner Thiede.

Only two weeks left until ECIC starts in Bossey near Geneva

There is expectation in the air. Only two weeks left until the 19th European Christian Internet Conference starts.

Webpastors, webworkers and webdevelopers will meet from 2-5 June at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, near Geneva. We are looking forward to inspiring networking, new ideas and interesting discussions. 

Registration is now closed. If you were planning to join the conference, but haven't registered yet, please write to info@ecic.org to check whether you can still participate.

The topic of the conference will be "Open Internet, Open Church, Open Source".

Please check out our programme and our speakers

If you have already registered and have questions, please be patient. You will shortly receive an e-mail about some practicalities. 



Registration is now open!

Registration at a WCC event in Evanston, United States, in 1949

You can now register for ECIC19. The conference will take place  2-5 June 2014 at the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches at Bossey, Switzerland.

Take advantage of a special early registration price of €490 by booking before 15 March. 

Make sure you've read the conference information, then head straight to the registration form!

And don't forget to tell your contacts in churches and Christian organisations throughout Europe about this event!