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Theologisches Seminar | Theologische und Religionswissenschaftliche Fakultät Zentrum für praktisch-theologische Spiritualitätsforschung

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Prof. Dr. Erich Bryner

Prof. Dr. Erich Bryner

Title: Hesychasmus und orthodoxe Spiritualität

Biography: Erich Bryner is Professor of Eastern Church History at the Theological Faculty of the University of Zurich since 2003. His habilitation is titled: Der geistliche Stand in Russland. Sozialgeschichtliche Untersuchungen zu Episkopat und Gemeindegeistlichkeit der russischen orthodoxen Kirche im 18. Jahrhundert (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1982), (The Spiritual Condition of Russia: A Socio-historical Study of the Episcopate and the Clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Eighteenth Century). One of his most recent publication is Das Jesusgebet in der orthodoxen Spiritualität, “Hermeneutische Blätter” (2014), (The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Spirituality).

Prof. Dr. Steven Chase


Title: Creation Unceasing: An Ecology of Constant Prayer

Biography: Steven Chase is currently Professor of Spirituality at the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality, Oblate School of Theology. He serves as Editor of Spiritus, the Journal for the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. His publications include Nature as Spiritual Practice (Eerdmans, 2011), and Job: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Belief) (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013).

Prof. Dr. Lisa Dahill


Title: Rewilding our Prayer: Christian Spirituality and the Larger Life of the World

Biography: Lisa E. Dahill is Associate Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University and past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS).  A translator and scholar of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, she is author of Reading from the Underside of Selfhood: Bonhoeffer and Spiritual Formation, (Wipf & Stock, 2009) and of many articles and essays on Lutheran spirituality and, more recently, on eco-spirituality. In 2016 she co-edited Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril (Wipf & Stock), a collection of Lutheran essays on ecology and the larger life of the world in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Prof. Dr. John Flett


Title: Prayer and the Missionary Movement Beyond the Self

Biography: John Flett is Associate Professor of Intercultural Theology and Missiology at Pilgrim Theological College, part of the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia. Born in New Zealand, he wrote his PhD at Princeton Theological Seminary, The Witness of God: The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth, and the Nature of Christian Community, (Eerdmans, 2010) and his habilitation at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethal, Apostolicity: The Question in World Religion Perspective, (IVP Academic, 2016). His current area of research examines mission spirituality in relation to questions of hermeneutics, conversion, and context.

Prof. Dr. Rossano Zas Friz

Rossano Zas Friz

Title: Uninterrupted Prayer Means Uninterrupted Discernment

Biography: Rossano Zas Friz is a member of the Society of Jesus since 1982 and Professor of Spirituality at the Gregorian University in Rome. He is an expert in Ignatian spirituality. His recent publications include: J. M. García – R. Zas Friz De Col (edd.), Concilio Vaticano II e Teologia Spirituali. Temi, problemi e prospettive (2016); Transforming Spirituality. Celebrating the 25th Anniversay of Studies in Spirituality. Texts selected and introduction by Rossano Zas Friz De Col, (Peeters, 2016).

Prof. Dr. Todd Johnson


Title: A Body of Work: Exploring Embodiment and Efficacious Spiritual Practices.

Biography: Todd Johnson is William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. He is currently co-leader of the new PhD program in Worship and Preaching with Ogilvie Chair Michael Pasquarello. He also serves as the Theological Director of the Brehm Center. Johnson is the coauthor of Living Worship: A Multimedia Resource for Students and Leaders, (Brazos Press, 2010), coeditor of Common Worship in Theological Education, (Wipf & Stock, 2010), and coauthor of Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue (Baker Academic, 2009).

Prof. Dr. Andreas Mühling


Title: `Betet ohne Unterlass´- Anspruch und Wirklichkeit in reformierten Gemeinden der Frühen Neuzeit

Biography: Mühling is Professor for General History and Early Modern History at the University of Trier and Director of the Ecumenical Institute of Interreligious Dialogue at the University of Trier. He also serves as Pastor for the University. His publications include: Karl Ludwig Schmidt: “Und Wissenschaft ist Leben, (De Gruyter, 1997), (Karl Ludwig Schmidt: “And Science is Life), and his habilitation is titled, Heinrich Bullingers europäische Kirchenpolitik, (Peter Lang, 2000) (Heinrich Bullinger’s European Church Politics). Andreas is the Director of the Edition Reformierter Bekenntnisschriften (Editions of Reformed Confessions series).

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinrich Ostmeyer


Title: Das permanente Gebet bei Paulus und im Matthäusevangelium

Biography: Karl-Heinrich Ostmeyer is Professor of Protestant Theology and its didactic with emphasis in New Testament studies at the Technische Universität of Dortmund since 2010. His habilitation was published with the title: Kommunikation mit Gott und Christus. Sprache und Theologie des Gebete im Neuen Testament, (Mohr-Siebeck, 2006), (Communication with God and Christ: The Language and Theology of Prayer in the New Testament). His most recent book co-authored with Prof. Dr. Joseph Verheyden will be published by Peeters Verlag: Studienbuch Gebet. Gebete aus den Apocrypha, den Pseudepigraphen, aus Qumran, Philo und Josephus (Studies on Prayer: Prayer in the Apocryphon, the Pseudephgrapha, from Qumran, Philo and Josephus) with the originals, translations and commentary on the texts.

Prof. Dr. Andrew Prevot


Title: Thinking Prayer: A New Name for Theology

Biography: Andrew Prevot is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology in the Theology Department at Boston College. He is the author of Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality Amid the Crises of Modernity (Notre Dame, 2015), which received the College Theology Society's Annual Best Book Award in 2016. He is the co-editor, with Vincent Lloyd, of a forthcoming volume of essays entitled Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics (Orbis, 2017), which offers Christian ethical and spiritual responses to modern racism.

Prof. em. Sandra Schneiders


Title: TBA

Biography: Sandra Schneiders is Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies and Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union, Berkley. Her appointment began in 1976. The title of her dissertation is: The Johannine Resurrection Narrative: An Exegetical and Theological Study of John 20 as a Synthesis of Johannine Spirituality, UMI (1982). Prof. Schneiders has published extensively including the volume titled Jesus Risen in Our Midst: Essays on the Resurrection of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel, (Liturgical Press, 2013).

Prof. Dr. Kees Waaijman


Title: Uninterrupted prayer – a spiritual challenge

Biography: Professor Kees Waaijman studies spirituality in contemporary culture, but always in relation to the major spiritual traditions. Examples include spirituality and education in the framework of the Catholic School Council; spirituality and health care within the Respire research group; and spirituality and business in collaboration with Zin in Werk (Enjoying Work). In addition, he is an authority on Jewish and Christian mysticism. Kees Waaijman is the director of the Titus Brandsma Institute, a Nijmegen based institution that carries out academic research into spirituality. His publications include Spirituality: Forms, Foundations, Methods (Peters, 2003), and co-author of Footprints of Love: John of the Cross as Guide in the Wilderness (Peeters, 2000).

Johanna Breidenbach PhD ABD


Title: Der Mensch im Übergang. Erinnerungen an die Bedeutung der Buße für das Gebet

In transition. Remarks on the renewing force of the Holy Spirit in repentance, prayer and their correlation

Biography: JJohanna Breidenbach was born in 1983 in Mainz, Germany. She studied theology in Bonn, Jerusalem, Mainz, and Marburg. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Church of Hessen and Nassau. Her doctoral work brought her to Zurich as an assistant for the chair of Systematic Theology of the University of Zurich. She is currently writing her PhD-Thesis on the transformational dynamics of prayer.

Silvianne Aspray-Bürki PhD ABD


Title: “How can I call on you to come if I am already in you?” - Augustine, Anselm and the Paradox of Prayer


Silvianne Aspray-Bürki is doctoral candidate in Philosophical Theology at the Divinity Faculty in Cambridge. Before moving to Cambridge in 2013, she was a research assistant both to the Praeses of the Swiss Protestant Churches and to Prof. Peter Opitz (University of Zurich). Her research focuses on the metaphysics of the 16th century Reformation by means of a case study of Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562). In particular, she traces the metamorphoses of a participatory ontology in Vermigli's work, and delineates where its participatory, mediatory and realist elements stand in tension with more univocalist and non-mediatory aspects in his thought.