Traineeship at the Institute

Traineeship at the Institute

My name is Sebastian Madejski and I have studied Protestant theology in Warsaw, Poland, and in Bonn, Germany. From January to March 2018, I did a traineeship with Prof. Dr. Dieter at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. It was a very intensive time for me: each day I studied the document “The Apostolicity of the Church,” which is the result of many years of Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue. I focused on the understanding of ministry in these two theological traditions. I followed the argumentations of both sides to understand the conclusions presented in the text.

Consultation in Klingenthal 2018

Consultation in Klingenthal 2018

Every 18 months, the Institute brings together ecumenical experts from different countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, USA) and different churches (Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed, Roman Catholic) in the château Klingenthalin order to discuss both results of the ecumenical dialogues and challenges. The last consultation took place from March 20 to 23, 2018. The topic was: “The ecumenical harvest of the commemoration of the Reformation and future ecumenical challenges.”

On the Way to Fellowship

On the Way to Fellowship

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

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.

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

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.