Rev. Selma Chen from Taiwan: A new Member of our Board of Trustees

Rev. Selma Chen from Taiwan: A new Member of our Board of Trustees

Posted by: on Mar 7, 2018 | No Comments

I am a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Taiwan, R.O.C. The church was founded in 1956 through the works of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (= FELM). It started from rural areas in Southern Taiwan. There are 19 congregations with 1900 members. After my theological, training I served in an urban congregation and was ordained in 2004. Five years ago, I moved back to my hometown, the first mission area for FELM, and restarted a congregation. In LCT-ROC I have been working on trainings for pastors and lay leaders and the church development including mission work and church planting.

Harding Meyer celebrated his 90th birthday

Harding Meyer celebrated his 90th birthday

Posted by: on Feb 12, 2018 | No Comments

On January 19th, our emeritus colleague Harding Meyer celebrated his ninetieth birthday! Several times holding the two-year directorate, he was active full-time at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg from 1971 to 1993.

Lectures in Malta

Lectures in Malta

Posted by: on Dec 19, 2017 | No Comments

On December 5, Theodor Dieter offered the 21st St. Augustinian Lecture 2017 at the University of Malta upon the invitation by the Augustinian friar Prof. Salvino Caruana. There have been Augustinian friars at Malta since 1420. In 2018, we commemorate 500 years of the disputation that Martin Luther held in Heidelberg in 1518; thus the appropriate topic for the lecture was: “Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation (1518). The Programmatic Theses of an Augustinian Friar 500 Years Ago.”

1517 – 2017: The Institute’s Implication in the Celebration in Southern Europe

1517 – 2017: The Institute’s Implication in the Celebration in Southern Europe

Posted by: on Dec 19, 2017 | No Comments

The Luther Year of 2017 is finally drawing to a close. There were uncountable memorial events in countries across the world. For the Institute, the celebration in southern Europe was especially important. In these countries the Lutheran presence, if it’s there at all, is tiny at best.

Studying Luther in Wittenberg  2017

Studying Luther in Wittenberg 2017

Posted by: on Nov 30, 2017 | No Comments

This November, for the ninth year in a row, Prof. Theodor Dieter and Prof. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson of the Institute taught the annual two-week seminar “Studying Luther in Wittenberg” in cooperation with the LWF Center and much support from the German Lutheran churches. Of course, this year was a special one, marking the 500th anniversary of the Ninety-Five Theses and the beginning of the Reformation.