Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Lutheran Foundation for Interconfessional Research

Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Lutheran Foundation for Interconfessional Research

Shortly before Easter, on 11-13 April 2019, the Board of the Institute for Ecumenical Research met and discussed at length a number of issues pertaining to the Institute’s work and personnel.

Conference on “Where Are you Heading, Ukraine?”

Conference on “Where Are you Heading, Ukraine?”

Conference and Discussion on “Orthodoxy in Ukraine: A Far-Reaching Conflict?”

In early April at a conference hosted by the Protestant Academy in Loccum, Prof. Dr. Jennifer Wasmuth of the Institute presented a short lecture in which she sketched out the historical situation of the church in Ukraine today. Orthodox priest Bohdan Ogulchanskyi of the Open Orthodox University Sophia/Kiev, who originally belonged to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) and then switched to the newly founded Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), presented the current ecclesiastical situation and emphasized the right of Ukraine to its own Orthodox church independent of Moscow.

Hommage à André Birmelé

Hommage à André Birmelé

On the occasion of the seventieth birthday of André Birmelé, the Revue d’Histoire et de Philosophie Religieuses—the journal of the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Strasbourg, of which Birmelé was Dean from 2001 to 2006 and where he taught until 2014—has dedicated in issue in his honor.

The Finnish Bishops’ Conference at the Strasbourg Institute

The Finnish Bishops’ Conference at the Strasbourg Institute

The Strasbourg Institute welcomed the Bishops’ Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland on March 25–28 under the leadership of Archbishop Dr. Tapio Luoma. The Finnish guests, counting among them Board Member Bishop Dr. Matti Repo, were greeted on the evening of the 25th with a reception at the Institute, at which among other things the new ecumenical statement “Communion in Growth” of Finnish Lutherans together with representatives of the Catholic Church in Finland was presented.

Meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (UELCG) at the Strasbourg Institute

Meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (UELCG) at the Strasbourg Institute

The Institute for Ecumenical Research had the joy and honor of hosting the session of the bishops of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany from March 15 to 18, 2019, on the theme “The Episcopal Office, Lutheran Identity, and Leadership in the Church.” Following a reception on the first evening, the issues at hand were addressed the following day at the Séminaire Protestant in Strasbourg.