52nd International Ecumenical Seminar 2018

52nd International Ecumenical Seminar 2018

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Fundamentalism as Ecumenical Challenge

July 2 – 9, 2018

In recent years we have seen the growth in both political and religious life of movements that can be called “fundamentalistic.” As they represent a great challenge for churches today as well as for ecumenism overall, the Summer Seminar will take the occasion to probe deeply the matter of fundamentalism.

The 2017 Ratzinger Prize Awarded to Theodor Dieter

The 2017 Ratzinger Prize Awarded to Theodor Dieter

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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

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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

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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)

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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.