Alexander Heindel is a research assistant and Ph.D. student in Church History at the University of Münster (Germany). His main subjects are church history, mysticism and ecumenical theology. In his dissertation he is working on the relationship of sin and mystic in the sermons of John Tauler of Strasbourg. Alexander studied Protestant Theology at Augustana-Hochschule Neuendettelsau, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Ecumenical Institute of Bossey (Switzerland) and University of Leipzig. He is involved in ecumenical meetings on regional, national and international level. In 2023 he was the stewards coordinator of the CEC General Assembly in Tallinn/Estonia. He is also a member of the Präsdialversammlung (Parliament) of the Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag.
Hadje Cresencio Sadje
Hadje Cresencio Sadje earned his MA in Cross-cultural Theology from the Protestant Theological University in the Netherlands and his MA in Ecumenical Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany, where he concentrated on the Sociology of Religion. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vienna in Austria. His research interests and publications projects focus on decoloniality, global politics, Asian religions, Global Pentecostalism, philosophical theologies, and non-Western theologies, Christian Zionism, popular culture studies, and the intersectionality of religion, music, film, and video games. His latest publications include: Theology at the Border: Community Peacemaker Teams and the Refugee Crisis in Europe (Pandora Press, 2022), and Grassroots Asian Theologies: Doing Pentecostal Theology in the Philippine Context (Ekpyrosis Press, 2022).
Paulien Wagener is a PhD student in Global History of Christianity and Orthodox Christian Studies at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Her research focuses on the contribution of Oriental Orthodox Christians in the early ecumenical movement and the founding of WCC. She holds a M.A. in Protestant Theology and Christian Oriental Studies from the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and a B.A. in Religious Education and Social Work from the International YMCA College, Kassel, Germany. Coming from a Pentacostal background she is curious to learn more about other churches.
Anna Viktoria Vogelmann
Anna Viktoria Vogelmann is a PhD student in Catholic Theology at the University of Tübingen (Germany). She works on systematic-theological, ecumenical and interreligious topics. In her dissertation project, she is particularly interested in parish ecumenism in practice, which she is looking at with ethnographic research in order to obtain new impulses and approaches for ecumenical discourse. Anna spent her Magister studies of Catholic theology at the University of Tübingen and at the Institut Catholique de Paris and now works as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute for Ecumenical and Interreligious Research in Tübingen. Her doctorate is supported by a scholarship from the Cusanuswerk (Episcopal Study Support in Germany).
Sijo George is a PhD student in Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Vienna, Austria. His main research area is Syriac liturgy with special reference to the St. James Liturgy. His scholarly interests include Indian church history and ecumenism. He attained an MA in Syriac Theology from the University of Salzburg and also MA in Ecumenical Studies from the University of Geneva (Bossey Ecumenical Institute). He was a student participant of the Asian Ecumenical Institute organized by the Christian Conference of Asia in 2020. His current doctoral project is a study of the liturgical renewal that developed from the 19th century Reformation movement in the Malankara Church. In August 2022, he participated in GETI along with the World Council of Churches General Assembly held in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he served as a Co-Facilitator for the Home Group of the Assembly. Additionally, he served as an intern at the Faith and Order Commission at the Ecumenical Centre of the WCC. In 2019, he was a delegate to the Pro Oriente Colloquium Syriacum in Vienna. He is interested in the study of Syriac manuscripts, especially from India, and he received additional Syriac language and manuscript training at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in July 2022.