Prof. Dieter Receives an Honorary Doctorate from the Catholic University in Leuven (Belgium)

Prof. Dieter Receives an Honorary Doctorate from the Catholic University in Leuven (Belgium)

May 5, 2017 | No Comments

On February 15, Prof. Theodor Dieter of the Institute received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, an exceptionally large university with 55,000 students. Along with the University of Cologne, Leuven was the first university to condemn the teachings of Martin Luther in 1519. But Leuven today very consciously chose to bestow this honorary doctorate on a Luther researcher and ecumenical theologian.

“Luther and the Sacraments” at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome

“Luther and the Sacraments” at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome

May 5, 2017 | No Comments

A conference on the subject of “Luther and the Sacraments: A Catholic Re-Reading in Ecumenical Perspective” took place from February 26 to March 1 at the Gregoriana, a Jesuit university in Rome. The conference was prepared and led in cooperation with the Johann Adam Möhler Institute in Paderborn, Germany, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU).

Study on “Lutheran Identity”

Study on “Lutheran Identity”

Apr 28, 2017 | No Comments

In 2017, the 500th jubilee of the Lutheran Reformation, many churches will ask themselves what exactly it means to be “Lutheran.” What is a Lutheran church or Lutheran theology? What is the “Lutheran DNA”?

Prof. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson’s departure from the Institute

Prof. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson’s departure from the Institute

Mar 24, 2016 | No Comments

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.

50th International Ecumenical Seminar 2016

50th International Ecumenical Seminar 2016

Oct 28, 2015 | No Comments

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.