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FIT congrats five graduates to the Bachelor!

"Five strong women" (as Rector Professor Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer put it in his speech) were awarded the Bachelor degree at FIT on 19.09.2020 after three years of study, many exams, internships and a Bachelor thesis. We congratulate all of them! We are proud of the graduates and know that they have reached this goal with God's help and strong personal persistance. For the future, the entire FIT team wishes them all the best, much joy in the following new chapter and God's blessing.

Greetings from the Rector on the occasion of the end of the lecture period

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Dear Colleagues and Students of FIT Hermannsburg,

At the end of the FIT Exam week this remarkable Summer Semester comes to a conclusion. This offers ample opportunity for gratitude: 

I thank all students who have steadily and faithfully followed lectures and seminars, surprisingly offered online only this time – up to these days of examination and even in the coming weeks during which many of you still are continuing with the completion of essay work respectively their final research work. All co-workers wish you a good strength for that! – And of course,

I also extend warm words of gratitude to the professors and all other staff of FIT for their hard work in order to keep the University going even through the period of national and international lockdown. Your achievements are great an visible. 

Be warmly greeted and blessed – until we see again in a few weeks time –

Yours Wilhelm Richebächer
(Rector)

Implementation of a semester fee as of winter semester 2020/21

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FIT students have adopted new financial and contribution regulations, according to which semester fees are to be paid in the following amounts as of winter semester 2020/21. :
- AStA contribution: 10,00 EUR
- Fee for the semester ticket: Currently 140.00 EUR

The fee for the semester ticket is based on the result of a ballot  conducted in the winter semester 2019/20 among students enrolled at FIT.

The fees are due upon enrollment / re-registration.

Please note the following:

  • Full payment of tuition fees and semester fees is a prerequisite for enrolment.
  • The fees are 
    - as of 31.07. (winter semester)
    - or on 31.01. (summer semester)
    due.

Outdoor devotion

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CURRENT NOTE: DURING THE SEMESTER BREAK (01.08.-01.11.2020) OUTDOOR DEVOTIONS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE!


Dear FIT community,

finally, the time has come to gather again on the FIT campus for common prayer - but taking precautions: 

Every Monday and Wednesday during lecture period we meet between the library and House 1 from 6.45 pm to 7 pm for meditation and prayer under the open sky. The devotions take place while standing up with a minimum distance of 1.50 m.

Students, lecturer and staff of FIT and ELM as much as interested guests are invited to participate in the open-air devotions. If you wish, you can also organize a devotional service yourself. Please see the list next to the chapel door.

On all other days there is still the invitation to say a prayer together at 6 pm - everyone and everyone at home. Under the following link you will find a proposal created by Dr. Moritz Fischer: FIT-Prayer-at-home-in-times-of-Corona-.pdf

It is doing good to be UNITED IN PRAYER!

Cancelation of dies academicus 2020

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Dear Alumni, Alumnae and friends of FIT,

The spread of the COVID-19 virus and the hereby caused consequences have been and still are deep and challenging - also for our work at FIT.

Although some measures and bans are now being eased step by step, it is still valid that physical contact with other people who are not members of one's own household must be reduced to an absolutely necessary minimum. Also events with larger numbers of people remain prohibited.

Under these circumstances, it is unfortunately not possible to prepare and carry out the dies academicus, planned for the beginning of June at FIT. It is with great regret that we have to cancel the dies academicus 2020.
However, we do not want to hang our heads, but are already looking forward to the dies academicus 2021!

Until then: Stay healthy and confident!
With best regards
Management of FIT

Internship Presentation ITMGC 1 and ITGD 1 students

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Commitment to church communities, refugees, children, education and voluntary work -
the internships of FIT students are manifold!

At the end of the winter semester 2019/2020, eight FIT students returned to the campus in Hermannsburg after their 3-months full-time or 6-months part-time  internship in Germany and abroad to reflect and report on their experiences and findings. They worked for church communities, refugees, children, education and volunteer work. It was exciting to hear what they experienced, learned and implemented.

The internship offers the students the opportunity not only to apply the knowledge they gained during their studies at FIT, but also to prove themselves in possible professional fields. Several FIT students have now been employed by their former internship company after completing their studies. Administration and lecturer of FIT are very pleased about this.

A detailed report (in German) can be found here: Bericht Präsentation Praktikum 2020

FIT celebrated WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK

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From Febr 3 to 7, 2020 the FIT celebrated the World Interfaith Harmony Week. This initiative is based on the proposal of the United Nations to annually observe this event. The week is an occasion to reflect upon the common values which are shared between different religions and all persons of faith. Religious communities must recognize their special role in contributing to mutual understanding and a sustainable peace in society.

The prelude to the World Week of Interreligious Harmony at the FIT was a Christian devotion with various multi-religious elements led by Rector Professor Wilhelm Richebächer on 03.02.2020. 

Afterwards, the guests of the devotion gladly accepted the invitation to the subsequent Vernissage of the artist and FIT student David Romero Mazzini from Peru (see photo), who - under his artist name Anubihs Khan - exhibited some of his works with interreligious references in the FIT Mensa as part of the World Week of Interreligious Harmony.

On the following days, the theme "interreligious harmony" was taken up in several devotions. Also the students created a theme-related devotion with multi-religious prayer.

All in all it was a varied and inspiring event, which - according to Rector Professor W. Richebächer - marked a highlight of the winter semester for the entire FIT community.

Find out the programme of World Interfaith harmony Week here: Plakat World Interfaith Harmony Week

A  detailed report in German about the World Interfaith Harmony Week at FIT is published on the German homepage.

Invitation to an Ecumenical Evening with Pfarrer Martin Bräuer

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The Rector of FIT, Professor Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer, cordially invites to the Ecumenical Evening with a lecture by Pastor Martin Bräuer D.D. from Bensheim and a contribution by a Master student from Brazil.

WHEN: 22.01.2020, 19.30

WHERE: FIT Auditorium

TOPIC: Observations on the Amazon Synod

Pastor Martin Bräuer is a Catholica expert and deputy director of the Institute for Confessional Studies in Bensheim. He deals intensively with questions of ecumenism. In October 2019 he visited the Amazon Synod of the Roman Catholic Church.

In his lecture (in German; English translation available!) he will talk about the preparation, the course and the consequences so far of the Amazon Synod, also with regard to the Pope's theological concept of "synodality".

Fabiano Soares, a student of the Master's program from Brazil,will give an introductory report in English on his previous work in the Church in the Amazon region.

10th Anniversary Symposium MA Intercultural Theology

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In December 2019, the MA programme "Intercultural Theology" (ICT), jointly organized by the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg, celebrated its tenth anniversary with a symposium on the topic 

"Dialogues and Dynamics -
Interculturality in Theology and Religious Studies".

Information on the event, which has already taken place, can be found at the following link:

Further information on the Symposium

Public Inaugural Lecture of Dr. Moritz Fischer

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Since 01.04.2019 Dr. Moritz Fischer is a lecture at the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (FIT) and holds the professorship for "World Christianities and Mission History". On 09.11.2019 he gave his inaugural lecture at FIT. 

After an introductory service led by Pastor Michael Thiel, Director of the Ev.-luth. Missionswerk in Lower Saxony, and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer, Rector of the FIT, and musically framed by the students Eri Yoon (piano) and Viktar Niachayeu (guitar), Dr. Fischer gave a lecture to colleagues and students of the FIT as well as about 35 guests from Hermannsburg and all over Germany on the topic "Mission: Distanced from the evil power".

A photo report and a summary of the lecture can be found on the following links:

Warm welcome to the new students at FIT

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On 21 October 2019 Rector Professor Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer and the team of the FIT welcomed a total of 30 new BA and MA students from 15 countries to the start of the courses in the winter semester 2019/2020. They come from Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, Germany, Georgia, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Belarus and the USA to study in the South Heath. 

During the orientation week from 15.10. to 20.10.2019, the "newcomers" got to know the campus and the FIT team as well as the towns of Hermannsburg and Hannover. 

On an "evening of encounter", the new students returned the favor for the warm welcome by presenting themselves and their home country with its cultural peculiarities in various presentations. The entertaining programme ranged from an Indian poem, picture presentations and songs from Korea, India, Belarus, Ethiopia, Egypt and Ghana to a Chinese tea ceremony, a Nepalese dance and the serving of culinary delicacies from Ethiopia and Germany. The audience was enthusiastic about the creativity of the participants and the sometimes very touching contributions!

The students now face exciting, but also challenging years of academic education, for which Rector Richebächer gave them the following: "We are very pleased that you have decided to study intercultural theology and want to enter a profession that practically helps people to overcome hatred, exclusion and disrespect. On the basis of our faith and in the richness of the various spiritual traditions that you all bring with you, it is possible here in Germany, as in many other places, to prevent violence and wars between worldviews and religions, but also wars between insatiable people against creation".

What is FIT? FIT is an intercultural family with a strong vision

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On 21.09.2019, FIT solemnly graduated this year's graduates of the Bachelor programmes "Mission Science and International Diakonia" as well as "Intercultural Theology, Migration and Congregational Leadership". In addition, a student of the Master's programme "Intercultural Theology" was congratulated.

After a communion service conducted by the FIT lecturers Prof. Dr. Drea Fröchtling and Dr. Moritz Fischer, the speech of the Rector Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer on the topic of "Strengthening Vision" and greetings from Mr. Detlef Kohrs (Managing Director of the Ev.-luth. Missionswerk) and Mr. Rainer Vogeler (Südheide congregation), the graduates finally received the Bachelor certificates in front of around 100 relatives, friends and guests. For this award, the graduates had worked hard, partly 6 semesters (full-time studies), partly 8 semesters (part-time studies).

Sanjog Patro took the floor for the graduates from a total of 6 nations and asked himself and those present: "What is FIT?" His conclusion: FIT is an intercultural family with unique, weak and at the same time very special members from many countries of the world.

Please find the detailed report of the graduation ceremony under the following link:

"Time to say good bye" - On his farewell Dr. William Obaga emphasizes the importance of FIT for the churches

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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.

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.“

Implementation of a semester fee

According to the financial and contribution regulations of the student body of the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg (FIT), semester fees are to be paid as of the winter semester 2020/21 in the following amounts:

- AStA contribution: 10,00 EUR
- Fee for semester ticket: Currently 140.00 EUR

The fees are due at the time of enrolment or re-registration (31.07. for winter semester and 31.01. for summer semester).

The semester ticket fee is based on the result of a ballot conducted in the winter semester 2019/20 among students enrolled at FIT.

Please note the following:
The complete payment of tuition fees and semester fees is a prerequisite for enrolment.