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Institut für Evangelische Theologie und Religionspädagogik

Master "Ecumenism and Religions"

One would probably notice it faster when being abroad or in a foreign cultural environment that religions and religious reality perspectives are playing an explicit or at least implicit role in a social and cultural context.

Between past and present, they often characterize and shape the ways of people´s thinking, patterns of reactions and systems of values, without being aware of them. Knowledge about inner-Christian ecumenical pluralism and non-Christian diversity of religions is becoming more and more important in a world, where different experience realms are suddenly found close together.

At the University of Oldenburg Ecumenical Studies and Religions (M.A.) impart special skills in perception and dialogue. Through cooperation with regional and international participating universities, graduates are enabled to develop a unique sensibility for the complexity and liveliness of Christian and non-Christian religious perspectives.
The course of study combines the field of Protestant Theology (Oldenburg) with Catholic Theology (Vechta); Ecumenical Studies (Oldenburg); Religious Studies (Bremen) as well as the study of Judaism (Potsdam) and also integrates gender–oriented theological research. (Oldenburg).

The study objectives are focused on the acquisition or development of scientific analysis, decision-making and action skills in research and practice of ecumenism and religious studies. These skills include a broad, scientifically sound and critical understanding of ecumenism and religious studies at the cutting edge of knowledge and the ability to research and practical action on the basis of scientific methods and in consideration of social and ethical concerns.

In an additional profiling through Theological Women's Studies, Oldenburg "Jewish Studies" and in the emphasis of "Evangelical Theology"; "Catholic Theology"; "Religious Studies" or "Ecumenical Theology" detailed and in-depth knowledge and experience, as well as specific methodological skills are acquired. Extra-functional, cross-disciplinary and social skills are offered in all modules, but particularly encouraged by project work through presentations (e.g. in the context of reports in the modules) and the scientific discourse with fellow students and teachers as well as part of the professionalization area.

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