WeltMachtKirche Lecture Series


In the Winter Semester of 2014/15, the RWTH Institute of Systematic Theology and the Diocese of Aachen will host a lecture series titled “WeltMachtKirche – The Church as a Superpower?”


The lectures in the series are scheduled to take place Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30pm, in the Aula of the Main Building of RWTH Aachen University. The lectures are open to the public, registration is not required.

The lecture series discusses questions such as: Is the church still – or again – a superpower? Or does it just imagine itself to be one? Is it the world that constitutes the church? What are the power relations between the church and the world? Does the world face ecclesiastical power or does the church face secular powers?

Please note that the lectures will be held in German.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Powerlessness - Options for a Learning Church / Ohnmacht - Option für eine lernende Kirche

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Ebertz, Religious Sociologist, Freiburg

Monday, October 27, 2014

Does Modern Society Need Religion? / Braucht die moderne Gesellschaft Religion?

  • Archbishop Dr. Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich, Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference and Advisor to Pope Francis

Monday, November 10, 2014

Worn Out By Power / Auszehrung durch Macht

  • Christa Nickels, Politician and Former Parliamentary State Secretary

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Church that Came From The East / Die Kirche, die aus dem Osten kam

  • Prof. Dr. Josef Pilvousek, Church Historian

Monday, December 8, 2014

Resident Aliens?

  • Prof. Dr. Jozef Niewiadomski, Dogmatist

Monday, January 1, 2015

From Eurocentric Arrogance to an Intercultural, Brotherly and Sisterly Church  / Von der Euro-Arroganz zu einer Kirche der Interkulturalität und Geschwisterlichkeit

  • Prof. Dr. Martha Zechmeister, a woman religious from El Salvador

Monday, January 26, 2015: Panel Discussion

The lecture series will be concluded with a panel discussion on Monday, January 26, 2015, 6pm.

Panelists: Dr. Johannes Bündgens, Suffragan Bishop of Aachen; Dr. Christiane Florin, Editor in Chief of "Christ & Welt"/Die Zeit; RWTH students. Moderator: Prof. Ulricht Lüke, Chair of Systematic Theology at RWTH Aachen

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