Our History

The Study Center for Faith and Society is the result of an on-going interconfessional dialogue which proceeds from the conviction of the continual necessity of bridging the academic world and a lived spirituality.

Starting around 2010, a growing number of Protestant students began discussions about “Study Days for the Renewal of Theology and Society”. The renowned theologian N.T. Wright accepted our invitation to this event. Out of this event proceeded a more extensive project that was initiated from June 10-13, 2014 at the University of Freiburg. The conference was very well-received by those within and outside the university context. This led to the process of founding the Protestant study center which is affiliated with the Ecumenical Institute at the University of Fribourg.

The founding took on concrete form in June of 2013 as an interconfessional committee busied itself with drafting the basic document for a study center affiliated with the Institute for Ecumenical Studies. The committees’ main goals were to clarify needs, formulate purposes, and state further steps to be taken.

In early 2014, the rector of the University of Fribourg signed the legal statutes so that the Study Center for Faith and Society could be officially launched at the first “Study Days for the Renewal of Theology and Society”.   

Image : Speech by Prof. Dr. Barbara Hallensleben at the launch of the Study Center for Faith and Society