Rebecca Giselbrecht


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Tel. +41 44 / 634 47 82



Habilitation, 2017 - present

University of Bern, Department of Old Catholic Theology

Master of Divinity 2014 - 2016

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA

Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies, 2008 - 2014

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA

Master of Global Leadership, 2005 - 2008

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA

Master Certificate, Social Environment Oriented Youth Work, 2001 - 2005

FHS, Rorschach, Switzerland

Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies

Moody Institute, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Director of the Center for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality, 2014 - present

Theological Seminar, University of Zurich

Senior Research Associate and Teaching Staff in Practical Theology, 2014 - present

Theological Seminar, University of Zurich, Switzerland Research Associate, Mandated Teaching Staff Post-Doctoral Research with Prof. Dr. Ralph Kunz 

  • Human subject research in character formation and spiritual Practices 

  • Research in the philosophy of spirituality 

  • Research in evangelism and spirituality in European history 

  • Organization and funding of large international conferences 

  • Translation for publication, editing, and grant applications 

Mandated Teaching Staff every semester at the University of Zurich (2011-present): 

  • Foundations of Practical Theology 

  • Spiritual Formation and Practices 

  • Philosophy of Spirituality 

  • Spirituality and Community 

  • Kerygma in Postmodernity: Faith and Culture 

  • Spirituality in the Church of the Word 

  • The Psalms and Spiritual Formation 

  • Evangelism 

  • Liturgy 

  • Counseling 

  • Mentoring 

  • Women in the Reformation

Senior Research Associate and Teaching Staff, 2017 - present

Old Catholic Theological Seminar, University of Bern, Switzerland Senior Research Associate with Prof. Dr. Angela Berlis

  • Teaching doctoral methods 

  • Editing and translation 

  • Strategic planning – spirituality and liturgy 

  • Habilitation (Second Doctorate in Theology) –The Spirituality of a Sixteenth-century Woman

Affiliate Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and Spirituality, 2016 - present

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena California. Expertise in Distance learning and Hybrid Teaching

  • Self-Care and Spiritual Formation 

  • Theology of Suffering and Joy 

Research Assistant and Mandated Teaching Staff in Practical Theology , 2011-2014

Theological Seminar, University of Zurich, Switzerland 

Adjunct Instructor of Contemporary Culture, 2010 - 2011

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA ,

  • Teaching Contemporary Culture, Culture between Modernity and Post Modernity 

Research Assistant under Chair of Reformation and Modern Church History, 2008-2014

Institute for Swiss Reformation History
, Theological Seminar, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Dissertation: A Hermeneutic of Female Testimony in the Zurich Reformation
  • Teaching Women in Church History 

  • Research on Gender and Testimony in the Reformation 

  • Translation for publication in Practical Theology, Early and Modern Church History, Gender Studies, and numerous grant applications 

Assistant in the Department of Intercultural Studies, 2007 - 2011

Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA

  • Teaching Mentoring, Contemporary Culture, and Ecclesiology

Associate Pastor, 2004 - 2008

Swiss Evangelical Reformed Church, Degersheim, Switzerland



Neujahrsblatt der Gesellschaft zu Frau Münster: Anna Bullinger Reinhart, Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster, 2018.


Evangelische Spiritualität und Bildung, in: Band 2: Handbuch Evangelische Spiritualität, ed. Peter Zimmerling, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017, 291- 315.

Cliché or Piety: Heinrich Bullinger and Women in Alsace, in: From Zwingli to Amyraut. Exploring the Growth of European Reformed Traditions, eds. Jon Balserak and Jim West, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017, 43-56.

Women from Then to Now: A Commitment to Mutuality and Literacy, in The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity. Global Perspectives, ed. Dale T. Irvin, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017, 65-95.

Die First Lady der Zürcher Reformation. Doppelpunkt - Das evangelische Wochenmagazin, vol. 2017, no. 7, 2017, pp. 10-11.

Die Reformation ist weiblich. Doppelpunkt - Das evangelische Wochenmagazin, vol. 2017, no. 1, 2017, pp. 10-11.


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

Church Reformation: Roles and Meaning for Women. Mission Sparks: AcademicJournal of Asia and Region 2, (December 2016): 43-57.

Evangelism and Spirituality: Our Words and Life with God, in: Sharing Good News: Handbook on Evangelism in Europe, eds. Gerrit Noort, Kyriaki Avtzi and Stefan Paas, World Council of Churches, 2016.

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 (2016).

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

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

Review of 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.


Sacrality and Materiality: Locating Intersections, ed. Rebecca A. Giselbrecht and Ralph Kunz, Göttingen; Vandenhoek & Ruprecht, 2015.

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).

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


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).

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).


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).


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

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


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.

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.


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

Conference Papers and Public Lectures

The Prayer Book and Spiritual Writings of Anna Alexandria von Furstenberg zu Rappoltstein, paper, American Association of Religion, Christian Spirituality Group, Boston, November 19, 2017.

A Priesthood of All Believers, roundtable, American Association of Religion, World Christianity Group, The Protestant Reformation in World Christianity, November 19, 2017.

Hör nicht auf zu singen – das feminine Gesicht der Reformation, lecture, Das Feuerwerk des Glaubens – 500 Jahre Reformation, Akademie Berlingen, Berlingen, November 15, 2017.

Spiritualität der Frauen der schweizerischen Reformation, lecture, Business and Professional Women, Basel, November 11, 2017. Freude und Leiden der Frauen der schweizerischen Reformation, lecture, Reformed Church, Rüti, October 31, 2017.

Die Reformation und ihre Auswirkungen auf das Leben von Frauen damals, plenary, Wo kommen wir her, wo gehen wir hin, was steht an?» Baden, October 28, 2017.

Frauen und Spiritualität, workshop, Wo kommen wir her, wo gehen wir hin, was steht an?» Baden, October 28, 2017.

Toward Joy: Guilt in the Early Reformers, paper, Yale Consultation on Joy, Guilt, and Innocence, University of Fribourg, October 19-20, 2017.

500 Years Church Reformation – The Role and Impact on Women, plenary, Europäischen Arbeitsgruppe für ökumenische Beziehungen mit Indonesien (EUKUMINDO), Bretten Germany, 14-16 September 2017.

Freimaurer: eine Ersatzreligion? podium discussion, Bern Historical Museum, August 17, 2017.

Pray Without Ceasing: Perspectives in Spirituality Studies, moderation and devotions, Center for the Academic Studies of Christian Spirituality, University of Zurich, Kappel, June 26-29, 2017.

Renew the Thinking in Your Mind by the Spirit – Toward Embodied Theology for a Dynamic Church, plenary, A Renewed Theology for/within a Renewed Church, University of Fribourg, June 21, 2017.

Frauenehrung: Anna Bullinger-Adlischwyler, plenary, Frau Münster, Zurich, Gessellschaft zu Fraumünster – Sechseläuten, April 24, 2017.

Ein Gutes ergibt stets das andere – Zeuginnen am Abend vor und während der Schweizer Reformation, plenary, Journée Nationale de Commération et de Célébration – 500 Ans De La Réforme – 600 Ans Nicolas de Flue, Zug, April 1, 2017.

The Swiss Reformation, Its Men and Its Women, Leave Christians a Free Choice, lecture, Swiss Church, London, March 11, 2017.

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

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

Rollen und Allianzen, plenary, Zwingli-Salon, Weinkeller Bodega Espanola, November 24, 2016.

Spiritual Formation setzt Geist voraus, plenary, 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, Kloster Kappel, September 18, 2016.

Spiritual Formation in Post-Secular Culture, Spirituality and Theology: Visions, Postsecularism and Religion, plenary, 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, plenary, University of Zurich, August 21, 2014.

On Sacramentality and Testimony, Sacrality and Materiality: Locating Intersections, European Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, paper, 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, paper, Montreal, September 27, 2013.

Catechism, Confessions and Women in the Palatine, paper, Sixteenth Century Society Conference, paper, 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, paper, 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, workshop, Milwaukee, June 23, 2012.

Female Archetypes in Bullinger’s Commentary on the New Testament, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, paper, 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, paper, Zurich, May 5, 2011.

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

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

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

Research Projects

Loving God, Self, and Others – The Great Commandment: Thou shall love God, practice self-care and spiritual formation, and participate in the missio Dei, Current

Habilitation on and Edition of the Prayer Book, Confession of Faith, and Correspondence of Anna Alexandria zu Rappoltstein – Early Ecumenical Questions, Current

A Gender Inclusive Narrative of the Swiss Reformation , Current


George und Della Hummel Scholarship

Charles E. Fuller Scholarship

Fuller Women’s Legacy Award

Affiliations / Memberships

American Association of Religion, since 2014

American Historical Association, since 2015

Renaissance Society of America
, since 2013

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, since 2008

Society for Ricœur Studies, since 2013

Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality; Editorial Board of Spiritus: The Journal; member of the International Relations Committee, since 2013

Society of European Women in Theological Research, since 2011

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, since 2018