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Study Course / Webinar "Studying Ecumenism in Strasbourg!" 2022

The Institute regularly offers advanced training in ecumenical theology for Lutheran pastors. The next study course will be held online from October 10-14, 2022 ...

"Katholikentag" in Stuttgart

At the 102nd Katholikentag, the central reunion for lay catholics, from 25-28 May 2022 in Stuttgart, Germany, the Institute was also present in many ways...

Harding Meyer Prize in Ecumenism 2022 awarded to Revd Dr Paul Avis

Harding Meyer had a decisive influence on the international Lutheran-Catholic dialogue. Many methodological approaches of contemporary ecumenism can be traced back to him ("reconciled diversity," "differentiating consensus," etc.). In order to continue to promote his ecumenical approaches, ...

55th International Ecumenical Seminar 2022 cancelled

To our great regret, the Summer Seminar planned for July 4-8, 2022 cannot take place due to the change in the staffing situation at the Institute. We hope to be able to offer a face-to-face event again in 2023.

Communiqué by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Bishop Dr. Frank O. July

The Institute for Ecumenical Research is currently undergoing major personnel changes. The previous director, Prof. Dr Jennifer Wasmuth, received a call to the University of Göttingen last year, which she accepted ...

Consultation in Strasbourg: ""Ecumenical Challenges of Luther Research"

Some things need a bit more time ... the symposium planned for 2021 on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Prof. Theodor Dieter, the long-time research professor and director of the Institute, had to be postponed due to the pandemic ...

War in Ukraine - Call for Peace

Russia's insidious attack on Ukraine has caused horror for us at the Institute in Strasbourg, as it has for so many people around the world. We are shocked by the brutality of a war ...

55th International Ecumenical Seminar 2022

The megatrend of digitalization is influencing all areas of society. Workflows, social encounters, everyday life and many more are all over the world increasingly being converted to digital processes.

Seminar "Studying Luther in Wittenberg" 2021

From November 8 to 20, 2021, the LWF Center Wittenberg conducted an online seminar "Studying Luther in Wittenberg". Participants were 17 Lutheran pastors from Jordan, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Colombia, USA, Latvia.

Lectures by Prof. em. Dr. Theodor Dieter at the Annual Conference of the Lutheran Pastors in Slovakia

(Poprad, High Tatra, October 25 to 27, 2021). In June 2013, the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg invited seven Slovak doctoral students belonging to the Old Catholic, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran churches to an intensive ecumenical seminar in Strasbourg under the direction of Dr. Ľubomír Batka.
About Us

Working on behalf of the "Lutheran Foundation for Interconfessional Research" since 1965.”

On behalf of the world’s Lutheran churches, the Institute for Ecumenical Research brings together under one roof a multinational team of theologians, providing theological analysis and advice, serving the churches as they strive to resolve their differences with other Christian churches and thus make visible the unity of the Church under one Lord, Jesus Christ.


International Ecumenical Seminar

The International Ecumenical Seminar takes place every summer in Strasbourg.

Study Course

At regular intervals, the Institute offers the "Ecumenical Study Course". The target group is Lutheran theologians, pastors or advanced students with a good knowledge of Lutheran theology

Call for Submission 2022

The Harding Meyer Prize in Ecumenism

The prize, donated by the Meyer family and worth a total of 3,000 euros, is awarded every two years for work dedicated to ecumenical dialogue between Christian denominations,


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