After seven and a half years as Assistant Research Professor at the Institute, Prof. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson is returning with her family to the United States. During her time in Strasbourg, Wilson served as Consultant to the International Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission and sponsored several ventures in cooperation with Orthodox theologians, including a conference on Elisabeth Behr-Sigel and the creation of the Lutheran-Orthodox Theological Fellowship. She also joined the proto-dialogue with Pentecostal theologians undertaken by the Institute, participated in the planning for the formal dialogue between the LWF and Classical Pentecostals, and wrote a study entitled A Guide to Pentecostal Movements for Lutherans.
50 Years of International Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue: Assessment and Outlook
Strasbourg, July 4-11, 2016
50 years ago, in the summer of 1966, the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity decided to begin an official theological dialogue. Shortly before the end of the Second Vatican council, a bilateral working group had been established, which after two meetings at the newly founded Strasbourg Institute for Ecumenical Research (April 1966) recommended such dialogue at the world level. As a result, the first international bilateral dialogue group was summoned and began its work as of 1967.
Ecumenism in the Arts
July 1 – 8, 2015
The ecumenical movement seeks the visible unity of divided Christians. The visibility and tangibility of the unity and communion of Christians and the churches have many different dimensions and aspects. This multiplicity needs to be taken up anew and given fresh attention. In this regard, the arts have a particular role to play. The Christian faith has been expressed since its earliest beginnings in works of art. These works cross the boundaries between the churches. Therefore it is valuable to ask whether and how art can be helpful in seeing and experiencing the unity of Christians.
48th International Ecumenical Seminar, Strasbourg,
July 2-9, 2014
Members of the historic Christian churches are often baffled by the new face of Christianity springing up all around them. Entirely independent congregations meeting in warehouses suddenly have ten times the weekly attendance of the long-established parishes that meet in beautiful old churches. The secularization of Europe and North America seems to mean the withering of Christianity, while at the same time immigration from other parts of the world leads to a vibrant renewal in the very same places. Confessional and structural boundaries are still major topics of discussion between Catholics, Orthodox, and Reformation-era Protestants, but otherwise unconnected Evangelicals and Pentecostals seem to have no trouble sharing altars and pulpits. This year’s Summer Seminar set out to make sense of the baffling landscape of twenty-first century Christianity.