Saints without Borders

“Saints without Borders: Ecumenical Reflections on the Great Cloud of Witnesses” was the theme for the 47th annual Summer Seminar. Over 60 participants from 25 countries and many different churches came together to hear a wide-ranging group of speakers address the question of saints, martyrs, and witnesses. Despite the historic disagreements on the subject of …

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Lutheran-Orthodox Preparatory Meeting in Sibiu, Romania

Gathering together for their 32nd consecutive year, members of the International Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission met in Sibiu, Romania, from 24 to 29 May for a preparatory meeting on the doctrine of ministry. This is the second time the Commission has met in Romania; in 2004, the Orthodox hosted the meeting in Durau. This time, however, the …

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CPCE Doctrinal Conversations on „Church Communion“ at the Institute

During its 2012 General Assembly in Florence, the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) commissioned new doctrinal discussions to take place. One of these was to deal with the question of “church communion,” which is the model of unity lived out between these churches. It requires constant deepening and reworking, not least of all …

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2013 Gudina Tumsa Theological Forum

Most Lutherans will not have heard of Gudina Tumsa, even though he has been called “the Ethiopian Bonhoeffer” by those who knew him. Rev. Gudina was an extraordinary evangelist, preacher, and church leader in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus during its transition from a mission to an independent church. He articulated a wholistic vision …

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Studying Luther in Wittenberg 2012

During the first two weeks of November, Profs. Dieter and Wilson taught the 6th International Seminar “Studying Luther in Wittenberg,” which is offered every March and November; the Institute staff always lead the theological seminars of the November section. This year’s Seminar had a particular focus: “Studying Luther in Wittenberg, Teaching Luther Worldwide.” All 17 participants …

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40th Anniversary of the Ecumenical Institute in Tantur, Jerusalem

The Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem celebrated its 40th anniversary on October 26, 2012. This Institute was founded in 1972 by Pope Paul VI and the Lutheran theologian Oscar Cullmann. Strasbourg’s professor André Birmelé was invited to give a lecture about and in honor of Cullmann as a former student of his. You can read …

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Prof. Dr. Theodor Dieter at Castelgandolfo

Theodor Dieter, the Director of the Institute, was specially invited to present the key points of Lutheran theology to a private audience of Pope Benedict XVI and his former students at the Castelgandolfo outside of Rome on September 1, 2012.

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