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Juli 2018

9. Juli 2018 - Donnerstag
12. Juli 2018
Summer Course 2018

The World Council of Churches (WCC)

  • Datum09. Juli 2018, 17:30 -
    12. Juli 2018, 16:00 Uhr
  • Ort
      Kardinal König Haus, Vienna
  • Referierende
    • Rev. Olav Fykse TVEIT, General Secretary of the WCC, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Rev. Esther HANDSCHIN, Methodist, Member of the Austrian Council of Churches, Vienna, Austria
    • Fr. Dr. William HENN OFM Cap., professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
    • Dr. habil. Katharina KUNTER, historian, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    • Dr. Theophilose KURIAKOSE, Metropolitan of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kerala, India
    • Prof. Dr. Annemarie MAYER, professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Leuven, Belgium
  • SektionWien
  • StatusNicht öffentlich

The PRO ORIENTE Summer Course addresses postgraduate students (those with at least a Bachelor’s degree) and postdoc scholars. It is expected that participants actively participate in the discussions and are willing to present their own research project. This year we will focus on "The World Council of Churches (WCC) - Commemorating 70 Years of Ecumenism". Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the WCC will be present.
The Summer Course will take place in English in the Kardinal König Haus in Vienna.
Details: Summer Course_Ausschreibung_2018 [pdf, 35.5 kb]

After the Second World War, the World Council of Churches (WCC) was founded in 1948 as part of a grand peace project after the wartime atrocities. Leading persons from the ecumenical moment such as Willem Visser’t Hooft and John R. Mott intended a fellowship of churches which confesses the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures.
Today the churches in the WCC pursue the vision of ecumenism as they seek visible unity in one faith and one Eucharistic fellowship. The WCC promotes common witness in work for mission and evangelism, and engages in Christian service by meeting human need, breaking down barriers between people, seeking justice and peace, and upholding the integrity of creation.
In the beginning most of the member churches were from Europe, including the Ecumenical Patriarchate and some Eastern churches. During the 1960s, the influx of the Orthodox Churches from then communist Eastern Europe and the churches from southern Africa brought new perspectives.
It is a challenge that the Catholic Church is not a member of the WCC. However, it is a full member of the Faith & Order Commission and has representatives participating in many working groups and national ecumenical institutions.

Details: Summer Course_Ausschreibung_2018 [pdf, 35.5 kb]



  • University of Vienna
  • Centre of Eastern Christian studies, University of Salzburg
  • Master of Arts in Syriac Theology study program, University of Salzburg
  • Institute of Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Orthodoxy and Patristics, University of Graz
  • Johann-Adam-Möhler Institute of Ecumenism in Paderborn
  • Institute of Liturgy, Christian Art and Hymnology, University of Graz
  • Institute of Eastern Churches, University of Würzburg
  • Centrul de Cercetare Ecumenică Sibiu (CCES)
  • Kardinal König Haus, Vienna
  • Educational Institution of Orthodox Theology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
  • Centre for Religious Studies, University of Münster