Looking back

Here you can find a look back into the faculty life of recent years. Click through it and discover the multifaceted offers of  the Faculty of Theology of CAU!

Winter Semester 2017/18

There was a remarkable argument going on in Kiel about the Reformation in the 16th century. Therefore the city was part of the way of historic stations of the Reformation that covered the whole of Europe. To commemorate this, a film about the Reformation there was made. The Faculty of Theology at Kiel was involved in the making of this film to a major degree.





Summer Semester 2017

Lecture series in the large lecture theatre during the summer semester:

Semper reformanda: On the significance of the Reformation for present-day church and theology

Press release

13 March 2017

On March 13, 2017, the Institute of Church History together with the Bishop´s Chancellery in Schleswig and the Work Facility on the Reformation of the Northern Church in the church district of Schleswig conducted a “journey to identity” following the history of of the Reformation in Schleswig. Together with numerous multipliers from church and society they visited central places of the Reformation from Hadersleben via Flensburg, Rendsburg and Kiel to Schleswig. Thus the focus was on the Reformation as a regional event. Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller and Rev. Karin Emersleben were in charge of the organisation. The photo was taken in the large hall of Rendsburg City Hall, in which the articles of the Reformation for Schleswig and Holstein were adopted.

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28-30 March 2017

A very special conference was held in Thessaloniki from March 28 to 30, 2017, in which the Faculty of Theology of CAU was involved in a major capacity.

About 40 lectures about the topic of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held at the Orthodox Faculty of Theology of Aristotle University. PD Dr. Philipp David, Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller, Prof. Dr. André Munzinger, PD Dr. Maike Schult and Prof. Dr. Christiane Zimmermann took part on behalf of the Faculty at Kiel. Dr. Daniel Mourkojannis and Bishop Gothard Magaard from the Protestant Lutheran Church in North Germany made their contribution to the congress. From Germany, Superior Church Council (Oberkirchenrat) PD Dr. Martin Illert, Hannover, and Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin, Tübingen, had come to give lectures. You can find the programme here

On 28 April 2017

an academic commemoration für Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Herbert Donner (1930-2016) took placet. Here you can find the speech given by Prof Dr. Stefan Timm, Department of Protestant Theology, Hamburg.
List of publications by Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Herbert Donner.

30 April 2017

Prof. Dr. Markus Saur, Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology, accepted the appointment to the professorship for exegesis and theology of the Old Testament of Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn. He left CAU as of April 30.

12 and 13 May 2017

Holy Places in the Holy Land. A colloquium on Palestine Science:

The Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaelogy held a colloquium in Palestine Science to celebrate the 65th birthday of Prof Dr. Ulrich Hübner. The programme can be found here.

17 Mai 2017

On May 17 the 21st Theological University Day was held.

We were able to get Feridun Zaimoglu to hold a guest lecture entitled “Luther and the Turks”. Please refer to the poster for details:

Here is the press release:

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07 – 09 June 2017

Final report on the TRINATIONAL SOCIETY of the institutes of practical theology from Kiel (D), Groningen (NL) and Zurich (CH).

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21 June 2017

Guest of the Kieler Woche

This year we welcomed Prof. Dr. Ian Nell, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Practical Theology and Missiology. He spoke about

We know to whom we belong? The drama of ministerial practice in a postcolonial African context.

press release:

29 June 2017

Graduation ceremony

This year 41 students graduated from the Faculty of Theology of Kiel University. See here for details

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press release

1 July 2017

2nd Young Scientists conference in Old Testament Studies

On 1 and 2 July the assistants of the Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology organised the 2nd seminar of history and exegesis at Kiel (HeSeKiel). This is a platform for young scientists in Old Testament Studies and adjacent disciplines. Six young scientists presented their doctoral thesis projects in various stages. To underline the character of the event as a seminar for and by young scientists, invitations went out not only to those who just completed their doctoral thesis and those who were in the middle of it, but also to students, who were able to gain a direct insight into the practice of scientific work and research.

The programme can be found  here

7 July 2017

Farewell lecture by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hübner

The Faculty of Theology bid farewell to

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hübner                                  

who held his farewell lecture on Friday, 7 July, at 2.15 pm. After a brief welcome by the Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller, the welcome address was delivered by Prof. Dr. H. Michael Niemann (Rostock). The farewell lecture by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hübner was entitled

“Among the Bedouins: 20 years of archaelogical cooperation with the Bedul of Petra/South Jordan”




Winter Semester 2016/17


Lecture Series in the large lecture theatre during the winter semester

Near- death experiences: A mission and challenge for theology and the church?

Opinions on “near-death experiences” differ greatly. Do they really happen to people who are in mortal danger or have even been declared clinically dead? It is indisputable that there are innumerable such experiences across all cultures. However, it is disputable how they can be explained. On the one hand, attempts have often been made to explain them as hallucinations, dreams or emergency functions of a dying brain. On the other hand, it has often been stated that such explanations are not scientifically sufficient. Rather, it is argued, are they borderline cases of scientific theory opening up a new approach to a basic question of human existence: What is “consciousness”? What relation exists between the things we call body, spirit and soul? What relation is there between the spirit and the material world? For quite some time this issue has sparked massive controversies (for instance in the fields of psychology, medicine, neurophysiology, sociology, physics, ethnology, religious science etc.). It is all the more astonishing that theology and the church have not paid much attention to near-death experiences. In view of this, the lecture series will investigate how near-death experiences can be a mission and a challenge for theology and the church.

Contact: http://www.theol.uni-kiel.de/de/professuren/nt-popkes/team/popkes

Press release

24 September 2016

The Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology held the first Young Scientists´ conference on the Old Testament and adjacent disciplines in Kiel. All students, including those who are getting their PhDs and those who just got them were cordially invited! A retrospective to the first HeSeKiel in 2016 can be found here.

The programme can be found here.

 October 2016

A special edition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The Bible revised according to Martin Luther´s translation, 2017. With additional pages on Luther´s work as Reformer and translator of the Bible. ISBN: 978-3-438-03305-5, Deutscher Bibelverlag. Information: ww.ekd.de/lutherbibel.

Professor Markus Saur of the Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology of CAU was entrusted with the revision of Ecclesiastes.

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9 November 2016

This year our Faculty was involved in the “Poznan (Posen) Days” of CAU for the first time. One of the upshots was that we had a guest lecture on 9 November, held by our colleague Adam Kalbarczyk. He teaches Practical Theology in Poznan and spoke about animation theatre as a medium for the word of God.

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Summer Semester 2016

Denominational religious education in religious diversity: An empirical study on Protestant religious education in Schlewsig-Holstein. More information can be found here:

On Monday, February 15, 2016, at the University Church the results of the research project carried out by Ronja Hallemann and supervised by Prof. Dr. Uta Pohl-Patalong, the subject of which was the way to the ordination of women in what became today´s Northern Church. The programme can be found  here:

The faculty was bereft of Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. Herbert Donner, who passed away at the age of 86 years on April 28, 2016. His obituary can be found here:

At the beginning of the summer semester 2016, Rev. Dr. Hauke Christiansen from the Department of Mission, Ecumenism, Diaconia (M) in the Northern Church took over a lecturership in the Studies of Religion, Mission and Ecumenism, thus becoming the successor of Dr. h.c. Rudolf Hinz.

On May 23, 2016, the Faculties of Theology and Philosophy of CAU organised a celebratory lecture to celebrate the 80th birthday of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hartmut Lehmann. Details can be found  here:

May 25, 2016, saw the 20th anniversary of Dies Theologicus. Here you can find the press release.

From 16 to 21 May 2016 in the context of the promotion of internationalisation, a seminar was held at the Faculty concerning “Russian Orthodox Ethics”. Currently, as is well known, the relations between Russia and the Western world are strained. This is caused not only by economic, military and cultural interests but also different cultural and even religious traditions. These are reflected in Russian Orthodox Ethics among other things. Church historian Andreas Müller and ethicist André Munzinger tried in their seminar to point out differences and tensions between Western and Russian ethical approaches and to analyse them ethically and historically. Together with their colleague Vladimir Khulap they looked for possibilities to come to an understanding in ethics. An intensive cooperation between St Petersburg Theological Academy and the Faculty of Theology at Kiel was agreed upon.

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Private lecturer Dr. Christiane Zimmermann accepted a professorship for theologoy and literary history of the New Testament and has been appointed university professor and granted tenure as of October 1, 2016.

On 10 and 11 June the 2nd colloquium of church history at Kiel was held to celebrate the 65th birthday of Johannes Schilling. The colloquium was entitled “Discoveries of the Gospel”, and speakers from all over Germany were expected. Prof. Dr. Dietrich Korsch delivered his celebratory speech on Friday, June 10, 6.30 pm, in the University Church.

 On June 22, 2016, Prof. Dr. Thomas Römer, Collège de France, France, gave a lecture at the Kieler Woche, entitled:
Historiography and Disaster Relief. On the debate about the so-called Deuteronomistic History.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller resigned from his office as university preacher as of June 30, 2016. No successor was named.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller was inaugurated as Dean on July 1, 2016

On July 11, 2016, Prof. Dr. Dr. Johannes Schilling gave his farewell lecture. For details see here.

On September 24 and 25, 2016, the Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology held the first Young Scientists´ conference on the Old Testament and adjacent disciplines in Kiel. All students, including those who are getting their PhDs and those who just got them were cordially invited! You can find the programme here.



Winter Semester 2015/2016

On Monday, October 5, 2015, the Prayer for Peace was held in the University Church. Prayer for peace

Report from the Conference of Faculties of Protestand Theology, October 8 to 10, 2015:

From 8-10 October 2015 the Conference of Faculties of Protestant Theology was held in Kiel at the invitation of CAU. All faculties of Protestant Theology and Institutes of Protestant Theology are members of the Conference of Faculties of Protestant Theology, represented by their deans and another member of the respective institute. The Conference of Faculties discusses issues concerning the organisation and coordination of research and teaching of the faculties of Protestant Theology of the Federal Republic of Germany and acts as a representative of its members vis-à-vis the outside world.

The Conference of Faculties of Protestant Theology was opened on Thursday evening with a reception by the Faculty of Theology of CAU at the Kieler Kunsthalle. In his welcoming address, Landtag Deputy Chairman Bernd Heinemann stressed the necessity of cooperation of the Faculty of Theology with the political decision makers, with a view to the development of religious eduction for instance. Mayor Peter Todeskino welcomed the participants of the Conference in the state capital, referred to current challenges by the large number of refugees in the city and gave an overview over debates currently held in the state capital. The chancellor of CAU, Frank Eisoldt, in his opening address reminded the audience that the Faculty of Theology was one of the founding faculties of CAU and has been playing a major role within the university since 1665, currently, for example, in the Gustav Radbruch Network for Environmental Philosophy and Ethics as well as in several joint projects with the Faculty of Philosophy. The Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Kiel, Prof. Dr. Markus Saur, in his welcoming speech pointed out that it is in the common interest of theology, society and Protestant churches to offer a theologically sound education and training of future pastors and teachers of religious education within the university and thus before the public eye, to prevent any isolation, either self-inflicted or caused from the outside, of the scientific discourse concerning questions of religion.

The Faculties Conference, which convened on Friday and Saturday at the Schleswig Holstein Hall of the Landeshaus, addressed questions within the context of education, for instance the evaluation of the ongoing study courses at faculties of theology, discussed new courses at faculties of theology and adopted a recommendation for a resolution on precarious work situations of academic employees to the effect that work contracts should cover a term of at least three years. Moreover, important decisions concerning the staff had to be taken, such as the election of the new chair of the Conference of Faculties of Protestant Theology.

On Friday evening the Protestant Lutheran Church in Northern Germany hosted a reception in the Nikolaikirche in Kiel. In his speech Bishop Gerhard Ulrich emphasised the necessity of theological work for the Protestant churches and pointed out that theologians with a scientific education are much sought-after interlocutors in a number of societal situations. The faculties of theology, according to Ulrich, make a major contribution to church and society in their research and teaching. The chair of the Conference of Faculties of Protestant Theology, Prof. Dr. Michael Moxter (University of Hamburg) underlined in his contribution not only the necessity of joint consultations and decisions of all faculties and institutes of theology in the interest of maintaining a high scientific standard, but also referred to the significance of religious education in schools, fow which study courses at a high scientific level are indispensable.

On Saturday Prof. Dr. Michael Moxter was relieved of his duties as chair of the Faculties Conference after being given much thanks for his work. His successor is Prof. Dr. Wolfram Kinzig (University of Bonn), who has hitherto been deputy chair. Prof. Dr. Bernd Schröder (University of Göttingen) was elected new deputy chair of the Conference of Faculties of Protestant Theology.

Lecture Series

At the end of the anniversary year 2015 the Faculty of Theology of CAU offered a lecture series entitled

"Theology in the North. Perspectives and self-reflection of the Faculty of Theology of CAU in its 350th year"

Representatives of the Faculty demonstated in five speeches the current foci of research and the prospects for the individual subjects of theology resulting from them, but also for Protestant theology as a whole.

The lecture series was held between 8 December 2015 and 26 January 2016.


Summer Semester 2015

The summer semester 2015 saw the completion of the approval procedure for the new Master study course (MA) Religion and Ethics,which will be offered starting in the winter semester 2015/2016.

On 12 May 2015 Prof. Dr. André Munzinger held his public inaugural lecture entitled:

The end of poverty? The new approach in development politics fom the vantage point of theological ethics.


Dies Theologicus on 20 May 2015:

The Faculty of Theology, one of the founding faculties of CAU, on its University Day “Dies Theologicus” looked back on 350 years of faculty history. This gave rise to the question how a faculty can deal with its own history in an appropriate manner. Thus the phase between 1933 and 1945, which was a difficult one for the faculty, was focused on: Under the national socialist dictatorship many members of the faculties lost their licence to teach or their professorship.

Professor Markus Saur, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, made it clear that “the Faculty wants to look at this part of its history more than it has done hitherto, and considers the Dies Theologicus of the anniversary year a good point in time to look back and reflect”. This was in line with the speech of the Bishop of the Protestant Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, Gerhard Ulrich (Schwerin), whose celebratory speech addressed commemoration. Welcome addresses were given by Secretary of State Fischer and Deputy Chair Prof. Dr. Karin Schwarz. This year´s Dies Theologicus was musically accompanied by University organ player Dr. Christiane Godt (virginal), Dr. Peter Godt (baroque flute) and Katharina Hoffmann (violin).

Staatssekretär Rolf FischerVizepräsidentin Prof. Dr. Karin SchwarzLandesbischof Gerhard Ulrich

On 20 May 2015 the Faculty of Theology and the Schleiermacher Research Facility participated in the first Campus Festival of CAU, "summa cum laude", with their own booth.

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On 24 June 2015 we welcomed Prof. Dr. Anna Vind of Kopenhagen University, as a guest at the Kieler Woche. She gave a lecture entitled:

Hoc est, tua iusticia non est visibilis, non est sensibilis. Faith and Christian life in the writings of Luther, with a short introduction into the Lutheran tradition in Denmark.

The habilitation lecture by Dr. Philipp David and the subsequent colloquium were held on Friday, July 3, 2015, 10.15 am.

Details can be found  here. Dr. David received his teaching qualification for the field of Systematic Theology.

The Dean of the Faculty of Theology hosted the farewell lecture of Prof. Dr. Dieter Sänger on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The lecture was entitled:

Christological transformation of cultic atonement. On the meaning of the Lord's supper in the writins of Paul.

Graduation ceremony at the Faculty:

On July 10, 2015, the Faculty of Theology held a celebration for its graduates. Vice Dean Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller congratulated Dr. Karam Khella and Ms Manzke, who represented her late husband, Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Manzke, on their golden anniversary of the conferral of the doctorate. Thereafter Sven Lesemann and Christian Kopp received their doctorates. Both briefly presented their doctoral theses. They were given their doctor´s certificates by the Vice Dean after they swore the doctor´s voluntary oath. After the graduates received their certificates, Dr. Klaus Blaschke, Chair of the Society for the Promotion of the Faculty of Theology (S.T.O.A.) awarded the Hans Asmussen Award for two outstanding graduation theses. The recipients were Saskia Eisenhardt (MEd.) and Ronja Hallemann (1st theological exam/DKA). Ms Eisenhardt was given the opportunity to outline her graduation thesis. Another graduation thesis was awarded the Gender Award of CAU. Christine Matuschek was also given the opportunity to briefly outline her work and received her certificate from the Vice Dean. PD Dr. Maike Schult offered thanks for her habilitation procedure. She had received the venia legendi in Practical Theology. Supreme Church Council Matthias Lenz gave a welcome address to the students and graduates. The students´ representative body also addressed the graduates and congratulated them on their successful graduation.

The programme was completed by the muscial performances of the band Rosenau & Rosenau. Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosenau and his son Simon Rosenau played blues and rock tunes on the bass guitar (Prof. Dr. Rosenau) as well as percussion and marimbaphone (both Simon Rosenau).

A coffee break with a Best Cake competition and a barbecue at the end of the ceremony, organised by the students´ representative body, ended the event. Here are some impressions:

Frau Manzke Dr. Karam KhellaSaskia EisenhardtChristin MatuschekDr. Christian KoppPD Dr. Maike SchultDr. Sven LesemannRosenau & RosenauAbsolventen


Prof. Dieter Sänger spoke to the Kieler Nachrichten newspaper, published 6 July 2015:

Prof. Sänger KN Interview

Summer Semester 2014

Prof. Dr. Markus Saur is appointed Dean.

The Kieler Woche lecture 

by Prof. Dr. Gesine Robinson, Claremont Graduate University, was attended by a large audience.

In June 2014 the excursion of the Institute of New Testament Studies and Judaism on: "Biblical Text Studies was organised.

In May 2014 the New Testament research colloquium Tartu-Kiel was held.

In the summer of 2014 Prof. Dr. Ralph Kunz, University of Zürich, Professor of Practical Theology with a focus on homiletics, liturgy and poimenics, and Prof. Dr. Jens Holger Schjørring, church historian at Aarhus University, were guest lecturers at the Faculty of Theology.

University Day of the Faculty of Theology, Dies Theologicus on 21 May 2014: A small faculty with a great mission, Press release.

Summer Semester 2013


Summer Semester 2012