The Ecumenical Institute of Strasbourg will host an online course

ByMike V. Cooper

Jul 28, 2022

Applications are accepted until August 31 for a week-long study course offering in-depth ecumenical formation and sharing

(LWI) – What are the most important ecumenical agreements between Lutherans and other Christian communions over the past half century? How do churches in different continents put these agreements into practice in their local contexts? How can local leaders and communities learn from the ecumenical experiences of those in other parts of the globe?

All these questions will be discussed during an online study course offered by the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg from October 10 to 14, 2022. The course, which will be held in English, is intended for pastors with parish or parish experience. for students with an advanced level. knowledge of Lutheran theology.

The objective of this week-long course is to equip participants with knowledge of key ecumenical agreements between the Lutheran World Federation and its dialogue partners, primarily in the Catholic, Mennonite, Orthodox and Pentecostal churches. Students will also be invited to discuss relationships with other Christians in their respective countries with the aim of developing avenues for further rapprochement locally and nationally.

This course is an incredible opportunity to deepen the journey towards ecclesial communion.

Teacher. Dr Dirk Lange, LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Acting Director of the Strasbourg Institute

A third aim of the course, which is open to a maximum of 20 participants, is to enable students from a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds to engage in “intense cross-cultural dialogue on ecumenical theology and practice”. . The organizers hope that these in-depth conversations will serve to strengthen and develop the relationship between churches within the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Acting Director of the Strasbourg Institute, Professor Dirk Lange, said: “The LWF has embarked on the ecumenical path towards church fellowship. To move forward on this journey, it is essential to encourage local ecumenical initiatives and to strengthen the links between these initiatives and global dialogues. This course is an incredible opportunity to go deeper into this dynamic.

Participants must have approval from their church leadership and apply using the form below by August 31, 2022. Students will receive five lectures in video and written format that they are expected to study in advance and their Attendance is required for all five days of online classes. tuition. The cost of the program is €100 and participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course.

Application form

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The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg has worked since 1965 to provide theological analysis and advice in the service of the Lutheran churches of the world as they seek to resolve differences with other Christians and to make visible the unity of the unique Church of Christ.