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Invitation to "end of semester devotion" and farewell to Dr. William Obaga

The principal of FIT, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer, warmly invites the FIT- community including students, lecturers and co-workers to celebrate a special "end of semester devotion" on coming Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at the usual evening prayer time of 18:45 in the FIT chapel.

Occasion of the celebration:
Dr. William Obaga, the lecturer and head of FIT Choir, is going to leave us at the end of the summer semester. Besides we would like to share a blessing with all FIT students who are going for internship or a semester of absende in the coming Winter Semester.

Directly after the devotion we invite you for a get-together with some food and drinks in the FIT mensa.

Welcome to everybody!

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.“