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The Church and Charter 77 – Protest as a Debt and Mission

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 31, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The non-political politics of Christians during normalisation and today.

What were the living conditions of society and the church under the one-party rule that gave rise to the Charter 77 social movement, which found among Christians many sympathisers and signatories, several spokespersons and a great many selfless servants? Meeting with dissident and (in 1980–1981) Charter 77 spokesman Miloš Rejchrt.

The evening will also feature the presentation of the book Cesta církve – VIII. díl (The Path of the Church – Part VIII), which delivers documents on Christians’ contribution to the Charter movement and the changes that finally led to the transformation of society and the non-violent Velvet Revolution in 1989.

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
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