Since the start of the third Millenium, tensions have risen around the world, manipulating religion as sources of conflict. The impact was also felt in Indonesia and the Netherlands which we notice from the polarization that has been growing in both countries ever since.
As a response to these alarming developments and driven by a shared history of the two countries, on initiative of the Duta Wacana Christian University and Kerk in Actie (Protestant Church in the Netherlands), an International Program was organized with the aim to improve and broaden internationalization of theological education in Indonesia and the Netherlands, October 2010 at Kaliurang. In December of that same year, the efforts were continued in a more extended setting. The Program further developed towards setting up a network of Indonesian and Dutch, Muslim and Christian, institutions and individuals, scholars, religious leaders and practitioners. In strengthening this network, methods of joint research, dialogue and exchange were developed and enhanced in the field of Muslim – Christian Relations in Indonesia and the Netherlands. Hence the name of Netherlands Indonesia Consortium on Muslim Christian Relations (NICMCR).
Who we are
The Netherlands-Indonesia Consortium for Muslim-Christian Relations is a non-governmental network of universities and civil society organizations in the Netherlands and Indonesia, consisting of Muslim and Christian scholars, religious leaders and practitioners.
The Participants in the Consortium share the view that they need each other in order to address the challenges that communities in the Netherlands and in Indonesia face in contributing to the development of a just, peaceful, sustainable and diverse society.
Society, both in the Netherlands and in Indonesia, has been significantly shaped by Christianity and Islam, albeit in very different ways.
Both countries share a common history, but they cannot do justice to historical experiences without taking into account their mutual perspectives.
Both Islam and Christianity are alive in communities at all levels of society. Muslims and Christians share a monotheistic worldview, but they need to learn from their respective perceptions of the other religion.
Scholars, religious leaders and practitioners need to develop a common discourse on shared concerns.
The Consortium intends to contribute to the enhancement of mutual understanding and common action among communities in Indonesia and in the Netherlands, and therefore to use and expand the resources that the Participants share in terms of knowledge, experience, networks and funding.
The Participants in the Consortium aim to generate practice-oriented knowledge using dialogical methods.
How we work
The Consortium initiates projects in which a number of its Participants cooperate. The Board decides on the project planning, appoints a project group, determines which organization(s) function(s) as the project leader(s) and accept(s) legal responsibility for the project. Within a particular project, co-operation with Partners that, as such, are not part of the Consortium, is possible.
At least once a year the Consortium takes responsibility for a public event or expert meeting.
The Consortium can adopt initiatives taken by one or more of its Participants at their request.
The Consortium is willing to participate in initiatives taken by other parties, including governmental institutions, as far as it falls within its Vision and Mission, and provided that it does not impair the Consortium’s independent position.
The Board of the Consortium consists of representatives of the Participants.
The Board can invite other organizations to join as Partner. It can also invite resource persons to become part of the Board as advisors, in their personal capacity.
The Board elects a Steering Committee that operates within the mandate as given by the Board.
Names and websites of Participants will appear here after signing the Declaration of Commitment
Protestant Church in the Netherlands / Kerk in Actie, www.kerkinactie.nl
Protestant Theological University Amsterdam-Groningen, www.pthu.nl
Stichting Islam Kennis Centrum, islamkenniscentrum.nl
Nijmegen Institute for Mission Studies Radboud University, www.ru.nl/nim/
Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Palangka Raya, www.iain-palangkaraya.ac.id/new/
Percik Institute Salatiga, www.percik.or.id
Center for Religious and Cross-cultural studies, Graduate School, Universitas Gadjah Mada, crcs.ugm.ac.id
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Religion and Theology, www.godgeleerdheid.vu.nl/en/
Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, www.ukdw.ac.id
Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, www.uin-suka.ac.id
Universitas Kristen Indonesia Maluku, ukim.ac.id
Nahdlatul Ulama Belanda, nubelanda.nl
The Eastern Indonesia Women’s Network for Religious, Culture and Women Studies
Prof. dr. Frans Wijsen
Professor of Practical Religious Studies and Mission Studies;
Chair of Empirical & Practical Religious Studies;
Vice Dean Faculty of Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies at the Radboud University, Nijmegen
Dr. Phil. Sahiron Syamsuddin MA
Vice Rector II of Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta;
Chairperson of the Indonesian Association of Qur’anic Studies (AIAT).
Robert Setio Ph.D.
Vice Rector and First Testament Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology, Duta Wacana Christian University; Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Yogyakarta
Drs. Corrie van der Ven
Program Officer for Kerk in Actie of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands
Zainal Abidin Bagir, Ph.D.
Head of M.A. Program in Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Graduate school, Universitas Gadjah Mada;
Member of the Board of Trustees of Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Yogyakarta