Vebjorn L. Horsfjord

Visiting Researcher

Vebjørn L Horsfjord (b. 1970) is a research fellow and PhD candidate at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway, and a visiting researcher at ACMCU from January until April 2014. He is writing a phd dissertation on the Common Word dialogue process exploring Christian responses to the Muslim dialogue initiative from 2007 through speech act analysis and detailed text analysis. His main question is: How do the various participants in the dialogue process (and their texts) interact, and which strategies further open dialogue and new understanding? Vebjørn studied (Christian) theology and English language and literature in Norway, the UK and India.

Prior to taking up doctoral research Vebjørn worked in the field of interreligious and ecumenical relations for many years. He was the General Secretary of the European Council of Religious Leaders (part of the global Religions for Peace network) from 2006 - 2010. He has also been Deputy General Secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations. He is an ordained minister in the (Lutheran) Church of Norway and has also ministered to the Anglican community in Norway.

In addition to articles related to the Common Word process Vebjørn has published on religion and politics in Europe, The Russian Orthodox Church and human rights, Indian Christian theology, and the cartoons controversy of 2006. His research interests also include secularism, dialogue philosophy, peacebuilding and conflict management.