Ökumenisches Institut

About us

The Ecumenical Institute was founded in 1946 by Edmund Schlink with the aim of connecting academic theology with the emerging ecumenical movement. Schlink sought to make the ecumenical movement visible in theological discourse. In 1957, a residence hall was built onto the Ecumenical Institute that was modeled after English Colleges to promote the vital connection between ecumenical research and student life.

Since the Institute’s founding, there has been a connection between the ecumenical movement and the various institutions that have emerged from the work, such as seen in the World Council of Churches (WCC). The directors of the Institute as well as some of the research leaders of the residence hall take part in central bilateral and multilateral ecumenical dialogues, such as the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC or the Ecumenical Working Group of Protestant and Catholic Theologians (ÖAK). Such ecumenical work characterizes the profile of the Ecumenical Institute in teaching and research.

History of the Institute

Edmund Schlink founded the Ecumenical Institute in 1946 with the aim of linking the ecumenical movement, which emerged in 1910, and the academic theology. He wanted the ecumenical movement to be visible in theology as well. In 1957, a dormitory was attached to the Ecumenical Institute, modelled on English colleges, to promote a connection between ecumenical research and life.

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