Second Meeting of the Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue

Second Meeting of the Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue

Posted by: on 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.

Seminar 2017: The Identity of the Reformation Churches

Seminar 2017: The Identity of the Reformation Churches

Posted by: on Sep 1, 2017 | No Comments

This jubilee year of the Reformation invites reflection on the contemporary identity of the Reformation churches. The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg took up this challenge by devoting its 51st annual seminar to this very theme. The Institute had already published a series of theses on Lutheran identity (available online) and used it as preparation for the seminar itself.

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)

Posted by: on 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

Posted by: on 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).

An Honorary Doctorate from Erfurt for Prof. Dieter

An Honorary Doctorate from Erfurt for Prof. Dieter

Posted by: on 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.”