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Webniar "The Proto-Ecumenical Dialogue of Abba Mika’el, Martin Luther, and Philip Melanchthon" with Stanislau Paulau now available online
IEG-colleague Stanislau Paulau talked about his award-winning dissertation "Das andere Christentum. Zur transkonfessionellen Verflechtungsgeschichte von äthiopischer Orthodoxie und europäischem Protestantismus" in the Webinar "The Proto-Ecumenical Dialogue of Abba Mika’el, Martin Luther, and Philip Melanchthon", co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs (Georgetown University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies). Video coverage of the event held via Zoom on November 18, 2020 is now available online on the Institute’s website.

This discussion of Protestant-Ethiopian Orthodox relations highlighted neglected contacts in the 1530s between Martin Luther, Philip Melanchton, and Abba Mika'el. David D. Daniels III, a leading scholar of the global context of the early Reformation period, moderated a panel between Paulau and three other panelists versed in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and Orthodox-Lutheran dialogue to discuss the implications of Paulau’s paper and research.

The discussants were Rev. Dr. Dagmar Heller, acting director of the Institute for Ecumenical Studies and Research; Solomon Gebreyes Beyene, research fellow at the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies; and Tim Wengert, emeritus professor of church history at the United Lutheran Seminary (Philadelphia).

Stanislau Paulau is member of the academic staff, Department "Abendländische Religionsgeschichte" at the IEG since March 2019. He has been awarded the Dissertation Prize of the Dr.-Walther-Liebehenz-Foundation 2020 for his dissertation, forthcoming from Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.