Devotion to the semester end
At the end of the summer semester it was time to look back on a successful summer semester.
Principal Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer thanked the students, co-workers and supporters of FIT for their various commitments and particularly emphasized the meeting of student representatives with representatives of ELM and FIT initiated and organized by the students for the first time. "This exchange" - Professor Richebächer said - "is also important because no one better than the students themselves can communicate what FIT means to them and what their interests and wishes are."
The great willingness to get involved in the FIT community was also shown by many contribtutions to the devotional services. As a "thank you" Prof. Dr. Erna Zonne-Gätjens presented a yellow rose to all those who became active here.
Professor Richebächer concluded the devotion with a blessing for all students who are now starting their semester break, especially those who either do not return to FIT at all or not yet at the beginning of the new semester, either because they finish their studies in autumn or do their long-term internship or take a semester off.
„Let god be with you and give you strength!“
"Time to say good bye" - On his farewell Dr. William Obaga emphasizes the importance of FIT for the churches
At the end of the summer semester, students, lecturers, co-workers and supporters of the FIT as well as representatives of the ELM bid farewell to lecturer and choir director Dr. William Obaga with a moving celebration.
In his "end-of.semester-devotion" Principal Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer thanked Dr. Obaga for his commitment for FIT both as lecturer for church music with focus on Africa and as director of FIT choir. "With the FIT choir you brought up a new tradition and inspired the choir members".
Also the members of FIT choir paid tribute to the work of Dr. Obaga. "He succeeded in bringing the choir to a new musical level - but not to forget the pure joy of singing", they said.
Dr. Obaga was pleased with all the appreciation and thanked for being part of the FIT community. "I go back to Kenya enriched", he said.
Dr. Obaga`s moving conclusion after 7 semesters at the University of Applied Sciences: "In times of globalization FIT is a unique and important place. Here, students learn to better understand people from other backgrounds. By this the FIT also has an important function for the churches, which are also confronted with the consequences of globalisation and have to find answers."
Farewell for Students of MA ICT (group 9)
On Juli 4th, 2019 the students of MA Intercultural Theology (group 9) met some of their lecturers from University of Göttingen (Dean Prof. Dr. Bernd Schröder, PD Dr. Fritz Heinrich) and University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsbrug (Principal Prof. Wilhelm Richebächer, Prof. Ulrike Schröder) for a last get-together in Göttingen, before they finish their studies soon and disappear into different directions.The group of guests was completed by the new inspector of the Theological Seminary (Theologisches Stift) Dr. Benjamin Apsel and the coordinator of the MA programme in Göttingen, Dr. Cornelia Schlarb.
For all, who are involved in the Master Programme, it is a great joy every year anew to see the positive development of the students in the course of their studies.
FIT wishes all Master students every success, happiness and God's blessing in their future academic and personal lives.
You can find Dr. Schlarb`s report of the happy get-together in the info box on the right.
Film screening "Fe en la Resistencia" (Faith in Resistance)
By invitation of the FIT students, lecturer, staff and interested guests joined a screening in the Auditorium of the film "Fe en la Resistencia - Faith in Resistance" on June 19th, 2019. The film was shown in Spanish with English subtitles.
After the screening there was the opportunity to talk to the film director Nicolás Iglesias Schneider and the screenwriter Stefanie Kreher, both from Montevideo (Uruguay).
For detailed information on the film please check the poster in the Info-Box.
First dies academicus 2019 at FIT
On the 21.05.2019 the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg invited its graduates of the previous three years to a first dies academicus, thus giving graduates, current students and interested guests the opportunity to get together to exchange thoughts on academic topics.
The topic chosen by the university governance for the discussions was:´Migrants, “Ossis” and Religion: Religious Changes in Germany since the beginning of the 21st century`. Two lectures and a workshop provided a platform for discussions on contemporary religious developments in Germany, i.e. the changes the two mainline churches are facing as a result of a dramatic and continual reduction of church membership numbers as opposed to the growth of religious diversity due to the immigration of people to Germany.
Prof Alexander K. Nagel from the University of Göttingen, who has analysed and studied the migration of refugees, lectured on a whole series of social issues. Empirical research for example has shown that within the Muslim groups there is great potential for mobilizing support for the migrants. Prof Dr Daniel Cyranka from the University of Halle lectured in detail on the situation of the Protestant churches in eastern Germany today and critically analysed the perceptions the different social groups have of one another.
During a panel discussion graduates of the University of Applied Sciences (Francis Abdelmassieh, MA und Evet Bebawy, BA) and the university’s predecessor, the Mission Seminary (Pastor Ulrich Storck, Diesdorf) reported, from a practical perspective, on religious pluralism in their fields of work. Their reports highlighted the development of ambivalent religious streams in Germany and the difficulties faced preventing east German church membership from dwindling any further while arabic speaking church congregations grow. FIT graduates‘ work experience has however shown that intercultural work greatly helps to improve communication between all groups and break down religious rigorism.
At the joint lunch students, graduates as well as lecturers and staff members had the opportunity to network and exchange information.
Prof Dr Wilhelm Richebächer, FIT Rector, thanked all the organizers of the first successful dies academicus and said: „The dies academicus showed that all participants are very interested in keeping in contact and exchanging ideas on socially relevant topics. The dies academicus should thus be a permanent fixture on the FIT curriculum.“