Conference of European Churches Conference in Finland

Conference of European Churches Conference in Finland

From 24 to 26 September 2019, the first meeting of the Ecumenical Officers and Secretaries of Theology took place in Kaunisniemen Leirikeskus, Finland, about an hour’s drive from Helsinki, within the framework of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). Over the two days there were opportunities to learn the latest news from member churches of the CEC and to shape its ongoing ecumenical program.

Diverse Visits at the Institute

Diverse Visits at the Institute

Visit of the Pastoral Convention of Neukölln

On September 12, 2019, the Institute for Ecumenical Research welcomed the Neukölln Deanery to its rooms in Strasbourg. The guests were introduced to the work of the Institute, focusing on the three facets of research, dialogue, and education. In addition, current ecumenical challenges were highlighted. The current study project of the Institute, which attempts to address constructively the question of unity in a Christianity that is becoming ever more pluralistic, was also a topic.

The Harding Meyer Prize in Ecumenism

The Harding Meyer Prize in Ecumenism

On December 1, 2018, Harding Meyer died. He was one of the most important personalities in the recent history of the worldwide ecumenical movement. As a guiding intellectual force and pioneer, he opened up and broke new ground. Many recent developments in worldwide interchurch relations go back to him.

54th International Ecumenical Seminar 2020

54th International Ecumenical Seminar 2020

Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue:
Similarities and Differences

Modern societies are pluralistic—not only in a religious sense, but in this sense as well. The three great monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in particular often occur within the same countries and live together. In addition, there are differences between groups within the respective religions. Classical ecumenism in the Christian domain is concerned with denominational divisions and seeks to overcome them. But Judaism, Islam, and even Buddhism know internal divisions and conflicts that separate believers from each other. In particular, the internal Islamic conflict between Sunnis and Shiites has been, like in Christianity’s separation between Protestants and Catholics, often bloody.

Charismatic and Lutheran Intersections in Sweden

Charismatic and Lutheran Intersections in Sweden

Prof. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, a Visiting Professor of the Strasbourg Institute based in Tokyo, spent a week during October 2019 as a guest of the Evangeliska Fosterlands-Stiftelsen (Swedish Evangelical Mission, SEM), a renewal group within the Church of Sweden. The SEM traces its roots back to the Pietist revivals under the guidance of Carl Olof Rosenius and today embodies the intersection between Lutheran theology, Pietist practice, and Charismatic spirituality.