Rebecca Giselbrecht


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Tel. +41 44 / 634 47 82


Biographical Information

2015 - present: Director of the Center for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality (CASCS).

2016 - present: Affiliate Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and Spirituality, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA.

2014 - present: Senior Research and Teaching Assistant in Practical Theology, Mandated Teaching Staff, Post Doctoral Student of Prof. Dr. Ralph Kunz, Theological Seminar, UZH.

2014 - 2016: Master of Divinity (MDiv) Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA.

2011 - 2014: Assistant in Practical Theology to the Chair of Practical Theology, Theological Seminar, UZH.

2010 - 2011: Adjunct Instructor of Contemporary Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA.

2008 - 2014: Assistant to Chair of Modern Church History at the Institute for Swiss Reformation History, UZH.

2008 - 2014: Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA.

2007 - 2011: Assistant in the Department of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA.

2005 - 2008: Master of Global Leadership and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA.

2005 - 2006: Master Certificate, Social Space Oriented Youth Work, FHS, Rorschach, CH.

2004 - 2008: Associate pastor (Sozialdiakonische Mitarbeiterin) in the Swiss Evangelical Reformed Church, CH.

2001 - 2005: Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, Moody Institute, USA.

Areas of Interest

  • Spirituality and Practices of Piety in Protestant Traditions
  • Spirituality Formation in the Third and Fourth Age
  • Relational Ethics and Hermeneutics
  • Early Modern Women

Current Research Projects

  • Ecumenical Project Comparing the Theology and Spiritual Practices of Ignatius, Luther, and Calvin
  • Self-Identity and Othering: Historical Recollections and Oral History of Prayer and Character Virtue Development in Protestantism
  • Spiritual Formation, Character, and Virtue Development in the Third and Forth Age
  • Edition of the Prayer Book, Confession of Faith, and Correspondence of Anna Alexandria zu Rappoltstein



Rebecca A. Giselbrecht and Sabine Scheuter (eds.). Hör nicht auf zu singen, Zeuginnen der Schweizer Reformation, Zurich: Theologischer Verlag, 2016.

Rebecca A. Giselbrecht and Ralph Kunz (eds.). Sacrality and Materiality: Locating Intersections. Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015.

Essays and Chapters

“Divine Action, Others, and Interfaith Dialogue.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 16, 2A (2016): 74–93.

“Die First Lady der Zürcher Reformation.” doppelpunkt - Das evangelische Wochenmagazin 2017, no. 7 (2017): 10–11.

“Die Reformation Ist Weiblich.” doppelpunkt - Das evangelische Wochenmagazin 2017, no. 1 (2017): 10–11.

"Evangelism and Spirituality: Our Words and Life with God", in: Sharing Good News: Handbook on Evangelism in Europe, ed. Gerrit Noort, Kyriaki Avtzi and Stefan Paas, World Council of Churches, 2017, 304-312.

“Church Reformation: Roles and Meaning for Women,” in: Mission Sparks: Academic Journal of Asia Region. 500 Years Church Reformation: And Its Influence to Churches and Societies Today (2016): 43–57.

"“Wybsbilder” in Zürich", in: Orte der Reformation: Zürich, ed. Peter Opitz and Käthi Koenig-Siegrist, Zürich: TVZ, 2016.

“Zeuginnen entlang der Ströme der Zürcher Reformation”, in: Hör nicht auf zu singen, Zeuginnen der Schweizer Reformation, eds. Rebecca A. Giselbrecht and Sabine Scheuter, Zurich: Theologischer Verlag, 2016, 81-103.

"A Historical Decoupage Arguing for the Particularity of Theology and Christian Spirituality in Higher Education“ in: CEĻŠ, Latvijas Universitātes Teoloģijas fakultātesteoloģisks, reliģijpētniecisks un kultūrvēsturisksizdevums 65 (2015): 177 - 196.

"The Intersection of Sacramentality and Materiality: Testimony", in: Sacrality and Materiality Locating Intersections, eds. Rebecca A. Giselbrecht and Ralph Kunz, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015, 183-191.

"Religious Intent and the Art of Courteous Pleasantry: A Few Letters from Englishwomen to Heinrich Bullinger", in: Women During the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity, ed. Julie A. Chappell and Kaley A. Kramer, New York: Palgrave, 2014.

"Reforming a Model: Zwingli, Bullinger, and the Virgin Mary in Sixteenth-century Zurich", in: Following Zwingli: Applying the Past in Reformation Zurich, ed. Luca Baschera, Bruce Gordon and Christian Moser, Farnham: Ashgate, 2014 (St Andrews Studies in Reformation History), 137-174.

"Beza over polygamie" in Théodore de Bèze: Zijn Leven, Zijn Werk. Kampen: Uitgeverij Kok, 2012, 223-225.

"Myths and Reality about Heinrich Bullinger's Wife Anna" in Zwingliana 38 (2011): 53-66.

"Zwingli und Bullinger: Väter des reformierten 'Wybsbilds'" in Kirche, Theologie und Politik im reformierten Protestantismus: Vorträge der 8. Emder Tagung zur Geschichte des reformierten Protestantismus. Neukirchen: Neukirchener Verlag 2011, 28-40.

"Social Space for Degersheim: How a Church Can Integrate Social Space Oriented Youth Work." FHS St.Gallen, Fachbereich Soziale Arbeit, 2006.


Review of Ethnographic Theology: An Inquiry into the Production of Theological Knowledge. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson. Ecclesial Practices 3-2 (2016): 251-253.

Briefe von Januar bis Mai 1546. Heinrich Bullinger. Ed. Reinhard Bodenmann, Alexandra Kess, and Judith Steiniger. Heinrich Bulliger Werke: Zweite Abteilung Briefwechsel 16. Zürich: Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2014. In Renaissance Quarterly 69(1):336-338 · March 2016. DOI: 10.1086/686410 Renaissance Quarterly.

Review of I-8 Ordinis primi tomus octavus: Iulius Exclusus, De civilitate morum puerilium, Conflictus Thaliae et Barbariei. Edited by Ed.Silvana Seidel Menchi, Franz Bierlaire, and René Hoven. The Sixteenth Century Journal XLVI (2015): 706-707.

Review of Erasmus of Rotterdam: Advocate of a New Christianity. Christine Christ-von Wedel. Zwingliana 42 (2015): 279-282.

Review of Reaktionen auf das Augsburger Interim: Der Interimistische Streit (1548-1549). (Controversia et Confessio Volume 1). Edited by Irene Dingel. The Sixteenth Century Journal, XLV/2 (2014): 520-522 (with Judith Steiniger).

Review of Calvin and His Influence, 1509-2009. Edited by Irena Backus and Philip Benedict. Zwingliana 40 (2013): 238-243.

Review of The Stranger's Voice: Julia Kristeva's Relevance for a Pastoral Theology for Women Struggling with Depression. The Journal of Pastoral Theology 22-2 (2013): 102-106 (with Isabelle Noth).

Review of Early French Reform: The Theology and Spirituality of Guillaume Farel. Jason Zuidema and Theodore Van Raalte. Zwingliana 39 (2012): 179-180.

Review of Heinrich Bullinger: Pastoraltheologische Schriften. Edited by Detlef Roth. Zwingliana 38 (2011): 229-231.

Review of Life Writing in Reformation Europe: Lives of Reformers by Friends, Disciples and Foes. Irene Backus. Zwingliana 37 (2010): 200-202.

Review of Women and the Reformation. Kirsi Stjerna. Zwingliana 36 (2009): 175-176.

Conference Papers

"The Swiss Reformation, Its Men and Its Women", at the event “Leave Christians a Free Choice,” Swiss Church, London, March 11, 2017.

"Frauen der Reformationszeit", Veranstaltung zur Reformationsjubiläum der Reformierte Landeskirche, Glarus Ratshaus, February 10, 2017.

"Leadership in the Church Now: Identity and Vision, Culture and Grace", Public Lecture, Knox College, University of Toronto, February 8, 2017.

"Rollen und Allianzen", Plenary Speaker, Zwingli-Salon, Weinkeller Bodega Espanola, November 24, 2016.

"Spiritual Formation setzt Geist voraus", Plenary Speaker, "Herbsttagung Spiritualität und Bildungsarbeit", plusbildung ökumenische Bildungslandschaft Schweiz, Quarten, November 22, 2016.

"Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Agendi: A Contemporary Biblical Paradigm for Christian Spirituality and Character Virtue, Formation, Spirituality, Culture and Well-being", Conference, Plenary Speaker, Excelsia College, Sydney Australia, October 4, 2016.

"Anna Reinhart: Zürcher Wirtstochter und spätere Gattin von Ulrich Zwingli, “was für ein wäsen vor und zu disen syten gewesen"…Lebensbilder am Vorabend der Reformation", Plenary Speaker, Kloster Kappel, September 18, 2016.

"Spiritual Formation in Post-Secular Culture, Spirituality and Theology: Visions, Postsecularism and Religion", plenary speaker, University of Latvia, May 30, 2016.

""Four of the Preacher's Sermons Made Me Cry": Exchanges between Women from Alsace and the Zurich Reformers", Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Vancouver, October 24, 2015.

"Sensus Spiritalis - Embodiment and the Aging Face, Paradox and Promise in the Pilgrimage of Aging", 6th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality, California Lutheran Homes, Center For Spirituality and Aging, Los Angeles, October 5, 2015.    

"Centering the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality: A Historically Justified Appeal for European Networks and Interdisciplinary Ecumenical Research", The Interplay between Theology and Other Disciplines in Research and in Theological Education, International Conference, University of Latvia, April 15, 2015.

"Reformiert, spirituell und weiblich unterwegs im sechzehnten Jahrhundert, "Hör nicht auf zu singen": Zeugninnen der Schweizer Reformation", University of Zurich, August 21, 2014.

"On Sacramentality and Testimony, Sacrality and Materiality: Locating Intersections", European Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, University of Zurich, January 8, 2014.

"Universitas Turicensis (1833-1945): The University of Zurich in Relation to the Reformed State Church of Zurich, Christian Faith and the University", Montreal, September 27, 2013.

"Catechism, Confessions and Women in the Palatine", Sixteenth Century Society Conference, San Juan, October 26, 2013.

"Oh, happy me, to be possessed by such a friend and so wise a counselor': Words of Wives, Queens, and Other Women Addressed to Heinrich Bullinger," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Cincinnati Ohio, October 27, 2012.

"Transfer and Translation: Recovering/representing/rephrasing Early Modern Texts on and by Women," Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces, Milwaukee, June 23, 2012.

"Female Archetypes in Bullinger’s Commentary on the New Testament," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Fort Worth, October 28, 2011.

"Zwingli und Bullinger: Väter des reformierten 'Wybsbilds,'" der 8. Emder Tagung zur Geschichte des reformierten Protestantismus, Emden, March 21, 2011.

"Demythologizing Women in the Zurich Reformation: Margaret Hottinger and Anna Reinhart Compared," RefoRC Conference Zurich, May 5, 2011.

"The Kitchen Table: Myths and Reality about Heinrich Bullinger's Wife Anna," Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Montreal, October 15, 2010.

"Locating the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur," Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminar, Pasadena, June 9, 2010.

"Die Mission der Frau bei der Ausbreitung der Reformation," Schweizerischer Protestantischer Volksbund, Bassersdorf, April 15, 2010.

Classes Taught

Grundkurs Praktische Theologie: Bezeugte Evangelium, UZH.

Jesuanische Spiritualität, Anstösse für die zeitgenössische Praktische Theologie, Blockseminar, UZH.

Seelsorge Seminar: Wo will man aber die Weisheit finden? UZH.

Die Psalmen in der Kirche des Wortes, UZH.

Evangelisch evangelisieren, UZH.

Frauen der Kirche der Neuzeit, UZH.

Frömmigkeitsformen jetzt und dann: Spiritualität, Echtheit und Methoden, UZH.

Grundkurs Praktische Theologie: "und werdet meine Zeugen sein...," UZH.

Grundkurs Praktische Theologie: Gelebte Religion – Gelebter Glaube, UZH.

Grundkurs Praktische Theologie: Bezeugtes Evangelium, UZH.

Liturgische Übung "Gold im Mund", UZH.

Philosophie der Spiritualität, UZH.

Spiritualität: Mentoring - "Zwergen auf den Schultern von Riesen", UZH.

Spiritualität: Kerygma in der Postmoderne, UZH.

Spiritualität: Ich-Werdung am Du, UZH.

Spiritualität in der Kirche des Wortes, UZH.


Self Care and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries an NGO Cross-Cultural Workers, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

Contemporary Culture, Culture between Modernity and Post Modernity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.


George und Della Hummel Scholarship

Charles E. Fuller Scholarship

Fuller Women’s Legacy Award 2010


Editorial Board of "Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality", Johns Hopkins University Press

Society for Ricouer Studies

Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Renaissance Society of America

The Society of European Women in Theological Research