On April 3, 2005, the Institute for Ecumenical Research celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a festive worship service in the church St. Pierre-le-Jeune and a reception at rue Gustave Klotz.

Worship Service:

Sermon: Monseigneur Joseph Doré, Archbishop of Strasbourg: Sermon DoréHomélie Doré (English, French)

Greetings: Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko, General Secretary of LWF: Greetings Noko (English)

Lecture: Church President (ret.) Prof. Dr. Marc Lienhard: Vortrag Lienhard (German)

The Institute received many Greetings:

Walter Cardinal Kasper, President Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity: Grußwort Kasper (German)

Karl Cardinal Lehmann, Biship of  Mainz, President of the German Bishops’ Conference: Grußwort Lehmann (German)

Bishop Prof. Dr. Stephen Sykes, St. John’s College, Durham, UK: Greetings Sykes (English)

Pastor Jean Arnold de Clérmont, President of the Fédération Protestante de France: Message de Jean-Arnold de Clermont (French)

Church President  Prof. Dr. Jean-François Collange, Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsbourg Confession in Alsace/Lorraine: Messsage de Jean-François Collange (French/German/English)

Bishop Dr. Martin Hein, Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck: Grußwort Hein (German)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Jochen Hilberath, Institut für Ökumenische Forschung der Universität Tübingen: Grußwort Hilberath (German)

Prof. Dr. Ruth Kath, Luther College, Minnesota, USA: Greetings Kath (English)

Prof. Dr. Michael Plathow, Konfessionskundliches Institut Bensheim: Grußwort Plathow (German)

Prof. Dr. Geoffrey Wainwright, Duke University, USA: Greetings Wainwright (English)