On the Way to Fellowship

On the Way to Fellowship

May 23, 2018 | No Comments

Auf dem Weg zur Gemeinschaft. 50 Jahre internationaler evangelisch-lutherisch/römisch-katholischer Dialog ["On the Way to Fellowship: 50 Years of International Evangelical Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue], eds. André Birmelé und Wolfgang Thönissen (Paderborn and Leipzig: Bonifatius and EVA, 2018), 423 pp.

In April 2018 (finally!) this volume appeared which contains the contributions to the 2016 Summer Seminar hosted by the Institute. The book is dedicated to Theodor Dieter, who celebrated his 65th birthday during the seminar. Its theme was the same as the first Lutheran-Catholic international dialogue decided upon at the Institute in April 1966, which had its first meeting in 1967.

Colloquium in Venice

Colloquium in Venice

May 22, 2018 | No Comments

The St. Bernardino Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Venice, which is the ecumenical institute of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Italy, has been closely associated with the Strasbourg Institute for many years now. Every two years it hosts a theological conference between the Venetian and the Strasbourg teams. This encounter is important, as the Italian scholars have hardly any opportunity to meet with Lutheran theologians, excepting in the city of Rome.

This year’s conference took place from April 5 to 7. Our Italian friends expressed the wish to work on the Strasbourg Institute’s major study on “Lutheran Identity.” To the lectures and questions of the Italian scholars the Strasbourg team responded with lectures by J. Wasmuth, M. Arnold, T. Dieter, and A. Birmelé. A major theme of the conversation was the understanding of the office of ministry and especially the issue of whether the office of ministry belongs to the “essence” of the church, according to Lutheran theology. It became once again clear how important it is for the Strasbourg Institute to undertake foundational ecumenical work precisely in those countries where the desire and effort toward unity are present but have not yet reached the point that has been achieved in places like Germany or the United States.

The next colloquium is scheduled for 2020 and will probably deal with the theme of models of unity.

The 2017 Ratzinger Prize Awarded to Theodor Dieter

The 2017 Ratzinger Prize Awarded to Theodor Dieter

Oct 9, 2017 | No Comments

At the Vatican on November 18, 2017, Prof. Theodor Dieter received the Ratzinger Prize from Pope Francis in recognition of his contributions toward the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. The previous day the three award recipients (the Catholic theologian Prof. Karl-Heinz Menke from Bonn and Eastern Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt from Estonia) had the opportunity to meet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for half an hour.

Second Meeting of the Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue

Second Meeting of the Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue

Oct 3, 2017 | No Comments

Following on its first meeting in the Philippines last year, in September 2017 the teams of the international Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue met in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, a location chosen for the historic significance of the year. As with the annual Studying Luther in Wittenberg seminar, the meeting took place at the Colleg Wittenberg, a short distance from the City Church. The dialogue members enjoyed daily worship in the Corpus Christi Chapel and participation in a tree planting at the Luthergarten, as well as the warm hospitality of the Colleg and beautifully renovated sites all over the city.

An Honorary Doctorate from Erfurt for Prof. Dieter

An Honorary Doctorate from Erfurt for Prof. Dieter

May 4, 2017 | No Comments

The Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Erfurt bestowed on Dr. Theodor Dieter of the Institute an honorary doctorate on January 24, 2017, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This honorary doctorate in Catholic Theology (Dr. theol. h.c.) was given “in recognition of his contributions to research into Martin Luther’s theology in its historical context and its meaning for the present, his scholarly dedication to ecumenical theology, including the methodology and hermeneutic of the dialogues between the churches, and his outstanding achievements especially in the area of Catholic-Lutheran dialogue.”