News from the Institute for Ecumenical Research

News from the Institute for Ecumenical Research

“The angel of the Lord touched Elijah and said, ‘Get up and eat! For you have a long way to go.” (I Kings 19:7)
(Monthly verse for July 2020 from the Ecumenical Bible Reading)

We hope that you are well and have been able to stay healthy through the time of the corona epidemic so far!

Since the strict exit restrictions in Strasbourg have been relaxed and it has become possible again to cross the German-French border without any problems, we have again opened the Institute. Slowly our daily work routine resumes.

The time in the home office was well used for our various research projects. Nevertheless, the corona epidemic has also confronted us with new questions. They concern in particular the digital age and the many new forms of church internet presence that have been observed in recent weeks and months. How can these be classified theologically? What do they mean ecumenically?

We have once again come to appreciate the technical achievements which, even in these times, have allowed us to keep channels of communication open and stay in touch over long distances. We therefore want to make better use of these possibilities for our seminars and plan to offer online courses in the near future.

However, these cannot be a substitute for personal contact. We therefore regret that the planned 54th International Summer Seminar could not take place this year, but we look forward all the more to the International Summer Seminar next year. The date has already been set: It will take place from 6 to 12 July 2021, and the theme will be: “Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue – Similarities and Differences”. You will find further information on our homepage in fall.

With all good wishes – stay safe!

On behalf of the whole team,

Yours,

Jennifer Wasmuth

The Harding Meyer Prize in Ecumenism 2020 Awarded to Three Winners

The Harding Meyer Prize in Ecumenism 2020 Awarded to Three Winners

Harding Meyer, a leading figure in the ecumenical movement of the past fifty years, passed away in December 2018. He had a decisive influence on the international Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, and many methodological approaches of contemporary ecumenism can be traced back to him, such as reconciled diversity, differentiating consensus, and so on.

The Summer Seminar 2020 will not take place

The Summer Seminar 2020 will not take place

The international Summer Seminar on “Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue: Similarities and Differences” unfortunately will not take place this year due to the current coronavirus pandemic. We would like to thank all those interested for their lively response, as well as our speakers for their commitment and willingness to help shape the seminar and make it a valuable experience for all.

Sacramental Communion in the Time of Pandemic

Sacramental Communion in the Time of Pandemic

What most unites us as churches at present is abstinence from gathering for worship: services are forbidden in many places. The celebration of Holy Communion is suspended. The Corona pandemic forces us to behave in a way that fundamentally contradicts us as churches. We are no longer allowed to invite people to worship but must close the doors to the people. We are no longer allowed to gather together but must keep our distance from each other.

News from the Institute for Ecumenical Research

News from the Institute for Ecumenical Research

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Tim 1,7)

The corona epidemic has hit us at the Institute for Ecumenical Research also, unexpectedly and with drastic consequences: Since rigid measures have been imposed in Strasbourg to contain the pandemic, we have had to temporarily close the Institute.