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Assistant Prof. Dr. Gert Rüppell


Fields of Activity:
Ecumenism, missiological history, consultant for Ecumenical Learning and Formation, teaching

Research Interests:
Ecumenical Theology / Ethics, Ecumenical History, Missiology, Inter-religious Dialogue, Ecumenical and Inter-cultural Formation


Mooring for New Provisions - Sailing to New Venues Ecumenical Lay Training Centres and Academies facing the task of Lay Training, Leadership Formation and Ecumenical Learning, World Collaboration Committee, WCC Geneva, 1991.

Annäherungen - Spurensuche nach ökumenisch verantwortlichem Theologietreiben im Nordeuropäischen Kontext, Hauho 1994.

Einheit ist unteilbar. Die Menschheit und ihre Einheit als Thema in der ökumenischen Diskussion zwischen 1910 und 1983, Mit einem Geleitwort von Philip Potter, Ernst Lange Institut, Rothenburg 1992.

Ecumenical Learning: A Christian Approach to Intercultural Communication, in: CARE/ CANS, Ecumenical Learning, report on a day-to-day basis of a 21/2 week Course held in Ibadan, Nov. 19th - December 6th 1984, Ibandan 1985.

Empowering Lay Leadership: a manual on ecumenical learning for courses in lay leadership training (CLLTs)by Evelyn Appiah and Gert Rüppell Guidelines on organizing courses to empower all God's people for lay leadership roles in the church, WCC, Geneva 1998.

Facing Aids - Education in the Context of Vulnerability - A Study Guide for HIV/AIDS awareness building in congregations and seminars, Geneva 1998.

Healing as Empowerment, Discovering Grace in Community, Rüppell, G. / Jesudasan, U.; World Council of Churches, Geneva 2005.

Healing, Reconciliation, Power – Report of an Asio-African Encounter, CMI Bangalore 2005.

Pain-Remembrance-Healing: Churches action in reconciliation, Vellore/Geneva 2008.

Stones to the Living House - Reflections on our Missionary Obligation in Today's World, Hauho 1994.

Shared Learning in Plural World, Ecumenical Approaches to Inter-Religious Education, Lit, Münster/London 2003, Rüppell/Schreiner (Eds).

Lehrmaterial, Zeitschriftenbeiträge
Ökumene – Sozialethik
Kirche der Armen/Kirche in Solidarität mit den Armen als ökumenisches Projekt und das ökumenische Lernen in einer reichen Kirche der BRD. Beobachtungen und Reflexionen aus der finnischen Provinz, in: Orth,G. (Hg); Dem bewohnten Erdkreis Schalom. Beiträge zu einer Zwischenbilanz ökumenischen Lernens, Comenius Münster o.D., 179 - 192.

Liberation of Humanity? What Kind of Challenge is Globalism?, in: Robinson, G. (ed) Challenges and Responses. Church’s Ministry in the Third Millennium: Implications for Theological Education, Bangalore 2000, 31-86.

Ökumene – Mission
Zu einer Hoffnung berufen - Das Evangelium in der Vielfalt der Kulturen, Jahrbuch Mission 1996, Hamburg 1996, S. 208-215.

Zu einer Hoffnung berufen - Das Evangelium in der Vielfalt der Kulturen, Ökumenische Rundschau, April 1996, 45. Jg., Heft 2, Frankfurt 1996, 177-186.

Mission Challenges in the Context of Globalization, in: Lalsangkima Pachuau (ed) Ecumenical Missiology – Contemporary Trends, Issues and Themes, UTC Bangalore 2002 (149 – 173)

Ökumene - Bildung
Churches in Mission : Health, Education, Witness - A video report over 7 years work on empowering congregations, Geneva 1998 (25 min) (expanded version „Faith and a Flat – Perspectives on Mission“ Geneva 1998.

What on Earth is the Ecumenical Movement, Reader, Münster 2002, 40 S.

Manual for Lay Leadership Formation, WCC Geneva 2000.

Learning for Identity – Ecumenical learning, 14 Sequences: 5 to 8 1/2 minutes, WCC Geneva 2000.

Geschichte und Bedeutung der Ökumenischen Bewegung – Ein Reader, Münster 2003.

Reconfiguration and ecumenical awareness, The Ecumenical Review , I/2004 Genf.

Practicing Ecumenical Learning, CD Münster 2004; 20052.

Artikel Ökumenisches Lernen, Handbuch für den Religionsunterricht an Berufsbildenden Schulen, Münster 2005.

Mach Mit – Eine CD mit Lern- und Studienmaterial zur Ökumenischen Bewegung, Münster 2006.

Leberwurst und Marmelade. Überlegungen zu Veränderungs- und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten ökumenischen Lernens, in Dagmar Heller, Christina Kayales, Barbara Rudolph, Gert Rüppell, Heinrich Schäfer (Hgg.), „Mach Dich auf und werde licht!“ Ökumenische Visionen in Zeiten des Umbruchs, Lembeck Frankfurt 2008, 172-179.

Ökumene - Religion
The challenge of Pluralism, in: Gert Rüppell, Peter Schreiner (eds), Shared Learning in a Plural World – Ecumenical Approaches to Inter-Religious Education,Lit - Münster, 2003; 11-22.

Insides from Field Work, in: Gert Rüppell, Peter Schreiner (eds), Shared Learning in a Plural World – Ecumenical Approaches to Inter-Religious Education,Lit - Münster, 2003; 143 - 147.

Enhancing Dialogue – A Study Guide in: Hans Ucko (ed) Changing the Present, Dreaming the Future – Acritical Moment in Interreligious Dialogue, WCC Geneva 2006, S. 99 – 153.


1970 Studies in theology and sociology at the Universities of Helsinki and Hamburg

1975 First theological exam; interim exams in sociology, University of Hamburg

1992 Doctoral degree in theology from the Ruhr University, training as a tutor in the distance learning program of the universities in Finland

1994 Training as tutor in the Finnish university system

1995 Postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation)as lecturer for ecumenical studies at the University of Helsinki


1974 Religion teacher at the Gymnasium Lohbrügge, Hamburg

1975-1988 Director of Studies at the Missionsakademie, University of Hamburg

1986-1988 Lecturer at the Institute for Religious Studies, Missiology, and Ecumenical Studies at the University of Hamburg

1988-1994 Director of Studies at the International School for Continuing Education Viittakivi in religious studies, exegesis, third world theology, economic issues

Since 1992 Lecturer for ecumenical theology at the Systematic Theological Seminar of the University of Helsinki, Finland

1995-1998 Executive secretary for missionary studies and training issues at the ÖRK, Geneva

1999-2002 Program secretary for education and ecumenical training at ÖRK, Geneva

2002-2006 Director of ecumenical training and advising at the Comenius Institute, Münster

Since 2006 Lecturer for ecumenism at the University of Bielefeld


The World Council of Churches and its Member Churches in Political and Social Conflict Zones.Analyses of Perception – Location of Self and Operational Initiatives in Churches in the International Field

Many of the member churches in the World Council of Churches are directly affected by political, ethnic and military conflicts. The ecumenical movement as a federation of churches can not least be understood as their reaction to the conflict experiences of the first and second world wars. Such collective experience is called for in the most various conflictive contexts and will be further transformed. The project combines historical research into conflict-related strategies of the ecumenical movement with case studies on their engagement in actual conflicts such as in Northern Ireland, Ruwanda, Serbia/Bosnia and South Africa. The goal is to describe religious peace strategies and to reflect theologically on reconciliation processes as collective processes of psychological healing.

The investigative field ranges from the role of the ecumenical movement and its churches during European Fascism through the “cold war” and nationalistic military rule up to the genocide and racial persecutions of today (e.g. Sudan) and will be examined on the basis of case studies.

The project is concerned not only with the processing of facts but also how, following such conflicts, the processes of reconciliation (behaviours to overcome conflict) can be set into motion.

Materials have begun to be collected from a consultation of the World Council of Churches in October 2007 in Dublin, in which the research director participated and the results of which he has published (Pain-Remembrance-Healing, Chennai 2008). Furthermore, materials from the preparation process of “Living Letters” of the World Council of Churches for the ecumenical peace convocation (Jamaica) in 2011 will be used.

In cooperation with:
World Council of Churches

Rüppell, Gert: Pain-Remembrance-Healing: Churches action in reconciliation, Vellore/Geneva 2008.

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