Thomas Schirrmacher

Positions

President of the International Council: International Society for Human Rights (ISHR)
Elcted fort he first time in 2014.Reelected for four years in 2016. The “Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrecht (IGFM)” is a international human rights organisation founded in 1972 in Frankfurt (am Main). It engages for all who fight non-violently for their or others human rights in there countries. The International Council represents 37 national branches from all five continents. ISHR has consultatuve status at the UN (ECOSOC) and at the European Council and the African Union.

Website: www.ishr.orgwww.igfm.de and www.igfm.de/news-presse/…

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President (“Rektor”) and Chair for Ethics and Chair for Comparative Religions: Martin Bucer European Theological Seminary and Research Institutes (“Martin Bucer Seminar”)
Theologigical Seminary with study centers in Bonn, Berlin, Bielefeld, Chemnitz, Hamburg, München, Pforzheim, Zürich (Switzerland), Linz, Innsbruck (Austria), Prague, Zlin (Czech Republic), Istanbul (Turkey), Sâo Paulo (Brazil), and research institutes/think tanks: Institut for Islamic Studies, Institut for Religious Freedom, Institute for Political Education, Institute for Counseling, Institute for World Views and Apologetics, Institute for Life- and Family Science.

Website: www.bucer.eu/international.html and www.bucer.de/…/leitung.html

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Since 2010: Professor of the Sociology of Religion: Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, State University of the West in Timisoara (Romania)
The West University of Timişoara (Romanian Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara) is a state university located in Timişoara, Romania, former Temesar. Established in 1962 in its present form, it is organized in 11 Faculties with alltogether 15.000 students. Timişoara has several other universities. The 1989 revolution started within the Reformed Church in Timişoara.

Website: www.valori.socio.uvt.roen.wikipedia.orgwww.uvt.ro/…/facultatea-de-sociologie-si-psihologie/ and www.valori.socio.uvt.ro/…/Inscrieri Masterat de teologie -asistenta sociala.pdf

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2006–2009 Professor of the Sociology of Religion and Cultural Anthropology: State University of Oradea (Romania)
Founded in 1780, long known as “University of Großwardein”, since 1990 “Technical University of Oradea”, 35.000 students in 18 faculties and 151 programmes.

Website: www.uoradea.ro and en.wikipedia.org

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Professor of Systematic Theology (with Ethics and Apologetics): Whitefield Theological Seminary
Presbyterian Seminary and College, named after the revival preacher of the ‘Second Awakening’ George Whitefield. President Prof. Dr Dr Kenneth Talbot’s motto: “If there is any hope for reformation in America and elsewhere, the Church of Jesus Christ must once again produce pastors who boldly proclaim the whole counsel of God with the anointing of His Spirit.”

Website: www.whitefield.edu

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Distinguished Professor of Global Ethics and International Development: William Carey University, India
An Indian State acknowledged university recently established by law of the State of Meghalaya in its capital Shillong and in Bangalore, which is specialised in the ecological development of poor regions. President ist Prof. Dr Ken Gnanakan.

Website: www.wcu.co.in, www.wcu.co.in/People.htm and en.wikipedia.org

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Director: International Institute for Religious Freedom of the World Evangelical Alliance
Registered in Guernsey Islands with offices in Bonn, Cape Town (South Africa) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). Co-Director is Dr Christof Sauer (Cape Town), in Colombi Godfrey Yogarajah is in charge. Honorary president of the academic council is Prof. Dr Dr Dr John Warwick Montgomery (Strassbourg).

Website: www.iirf.eu

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“Sachverständiger für Religionsfreiheit und Christenverfolgung” (Expert for Religious Freedom and Persecution of Christian) of the Protestant Platform of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union and as such Member of the Federal Working Group on Persecuted Christians of the Christian Democratic Union
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is the party of Mrs Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, the Christian Social Union (CSU) is the partner party in Bavaria. Together they have a Protestant Platform, for whom a act s an expert. In my role as expert I am also member of the Working Committee of the CDU on Persecuted Christians, part of the larger Federal Working Group on Foreign Affairs.

Website: www.eak-cducsu.de and www.cdu.de/…/religionsfreiheit-und-verfolgung-von-christen

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Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany (ZOCD)
ZOCD is a charitable platform of Christians of all churches and confessions from the Middle East living in Germany. It represents the civil society of oriental Christians.

Website: www.zocd.de/der-zentralrat/gremien/ and www.zocd.de

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Ambassador for Human Rights: World Evangelical Alliance
The WEA speaks for appr. 600 Mio. Evangelicals. As ambassador regular statements on human rights issues, especially to the press, represenation at sessions of UN or OSCE, EU, and dialogue and meetings with political leaders, Muslim leaders and Christian leaders, eg the Ecumenical Patriarch, the World Council of Churches or the Vatican.

Website: www.worldea.org/…/thomas-schirrmacher and www.worldea.org/…/leadership

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Chairman: Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance
“The TC consists of an international group of theologians spread regionally and denominationally. Currently the personnel are Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Chair; Dr James Nkansah (Africa), Vice-chair; Dr Jae Sung Kim (Korea); Dr Claus Schwambach (Brazil); Rev David Roldan (Argentina); Dr Carver Yu (Hong Kong); other names will shortly be joining the commission. As of Jan 2006, a system of extended membership was introduced allowing representatives of national Theological Commissions, seminaries and individual theologians and interested people to be members of the TC. In addition Task Forces, Study Groups and other forms of activity are set up as required to work on specific long term or ad hoc projects.” New executive director is Rosalee Velloso Ewell from Brazil.

Website: www.worldevangelicals.org/tc/, www.worldea.org/…/thomas-schirrmacher and www.worldevangelicals.org/…schirrmacher

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Chair: Theological Commission of the European Evangelical Alliance
The EEA exists to foster unity and evangelical identity and provide a voice and platform to evangelical Christians. It brings together both the national Evangelical Alliances of Europe and a large number of pan-European mission agencies. It has existed as a regional group since the 1950’s, but traces its roots to the 1846 conference at which the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) was established. It is the European section of the WEA.

Website: www.europeanea.orgwww.europeanea.org/…/schirrmacher-debating-catholic-leaders-with-a-bible-in-your-hand-is-much-easier-nowadays/ and www.europeanea.org/…/opening-celebration-mission-net/

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Moderator of Intrafaith and Interfaith Relations: World Evangelical Alliance
The WEA speaks for appr. 600 Mio. Evangelicals. As moderator it is my task to coordinate all people that relate to a specific confession or denomination and a specific religion. This is presently being enlarged.

Website: www.worldevangelical.org

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Member of the International Committee of the Global Christian Forum
“The Global Christian Forum (GCF) is a unique gathering of global Christian churches and organisations bringing together all the major streams of world Christianity. The GCF is an open space where all Christians can meet to nurture unity by fostering mutual respect and understanding as well as by addressing together common challenges. Represented in the GCF are many Christian World Communions and world Christian organisations, including the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Pentecostal World Fellowship, the World Evangelical Alliance and the World Council of Churches.”

Website: www.globalchristianforum.org and www.globalchristianforum.org/docs/2015…pdf

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Consultant of the Faith and Order Commission, the Theological Commission of the World Council of Churches
“As a think tank constituted by official representatives of churches belonging to the main historical streams of Christianity, including the Roman Catholic Church, the commission is a unique multilateral, global forum of ecumenical theology.”

Website: www.oikoumene.org/…/faith-and-order and www.oikoumene.org/…/faith-and-order/minutes-of-the-meeting-at-the-monastery-of-caraiman

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Member: Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance
The RLC of the WEA consists of 13 experts from all continents and monitors the religious liberty situation in more than 100 nations, defends persecuted believers, informs the global media and church, and gives all possible assistance to those who are suffering. The Commission also makes fact finding trips and meets with governments and ambassadors speaking up for the suffering brothers and sisters. At the United Nations the Commission reports about the situation and arranges pecial hearings with Christians from countries under pressure. Director: Godfrey Yogarajah, Sri Lanka, President: John Langlois, Guernsey Islands. The fight for religious freedom was a major reason for founding the WEA in 1846.

Website: www.worldevangelicals.org/commissions/rlc/ and www.worldevangelicals.org/resources/

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Secretary (“Geschäftsführer”): Religious Liberty Commission of the German and Austrian Evangelical Alliance
(“Arbeitskreis für Religionsfreiheit der Deutschen und Österreichischen Evangelischen Allianz”) Seven members voted in by the general board of the alliances, President is Dr Paul C. Murdoch, Tübingen.

Website: www.ead.de and www.bucer.de

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Visiting Fellow of Systematic Theology (Ethics) 1983-2013: Giessen School of Theology (Freie Theologische Hochschule)
State accredited theological bachelor and master programmes. In 1983 I started teaching missiology and world religions, later I switched to ‘Foundational Theology’ (Theology of Revelation), for some time dean of ST department, since 2008 teaching ethics, 2011-2013 sociology of religion.

Website: www.fthgiessen.de/ueber-uns, www.fthgiessen.de and www.fthgiessen.de/Kollegium

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Coopted member of the German Section: International Society of Human Rights (ISHR)
The “Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrecht (IGFM)” is a international human rights organisation founded in 1972 in Frankfurt (am Main). It engages for all who fight non-violently for their or others human rights in there countries. The International Council represents 37 national branches from all five continents. ISHR has consultative status at the UN (ECOSOC) and at the European Council and the African Union. The ISHR is registered with the United Nations and the European Council.

Website: www.igfm.dewww.igfm.de/…/prof-dr-schirrmacher-im-interview-zu-pegida/ and www.ishr.org

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Chair of Evangelischen Arbeitskreises für Mission, Kultur und Religion e. V. (Association of German Speaking Evangelical Missiologists studying Mission, Cultureand Religion)
Professional assocation of protestant mission scientists, lecturers in mission and missionaries doing research. A branch of the German Evangelical Alliance in association of the Austrian and Swiss Evangelical Alliance. Edits 5 book series of the “edition afem” and the German bulletin „Evangelische Missiologie“ (“Evangelical Missiology”).

Website: www.missiologie-afem.de

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Special Consultant: Giving Hands (“Gebende Hände”)
“Gebende Hände  – Gesellschaft zur Hilfe für notleidende Menschen in aller Welt” is an international active charity helping in more than 40 countries on 4 continents. We emphasise helpt to help yourself.

Website: www.giving-hands.de and www.gebendehaende.de

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Member of the board of trustees: August-Hermann-Francke-Schule Giessen
State accredited Christian school on all levels co-founded by my father Bernd Schirrmacher, who was its president for more than two decades.

Website: www.ahfs-gi.de

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Member of the Academic Council: Institute for Ethics and Values
The “Institut für Ethik und Werte” of the FTH in Giessen researches and evaluates all major ethical challenges of the present society.

Website: www.ethikinstitut.de and www.ethikinstitut.de/…id=175

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Owner: Culture and Science Publ. (Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft)
Publishes two books per month, 300 titles in stock alltogether, in the area of linguistics, foreign languages, culture, ethics, world religions, theology and the science and history of mission.

Website: de.wikipedia.org

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Appointed member: German Society for Mission Studies
(“Deutsche Gesellschaft für Missionswissenschaft”)

German Society for Mission Studies, a scientific member organisation, academic journal: Zeitschrift: Interkulturelle Theologie – Zeitschrift für Missionswissenschaft.

Website: www.dgmw.org

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Member: Carter of the Sociology of Religion within the German Society for Sociology
(“Sektion Religionssoziologie in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie”) Academic assocation of teaching and researching sociologist within Germany’s only Society for Sociologists.

Website: www.soziologie.de/…/mitgliederverzeichnis.html, www.soziologie.de and www.soziologie.de/…/religionssoziologie/reihe-der-sektion.html

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Editor: Evangelical Review of Theology
Since volume 33 (2010). Published by Paternoster Press for the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Commission, this scholarly journal reflects the internationality of the evangelical movement.

Website: www.worldevangelicals.org

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Editor: Evangelische Missiologie (Protestant/Evangelical Missiology)
Professional journal of the Association of German Speaking Evangelical Missiologists („Evangelischen Arbeitskreies Mission, Kultur und Religion e. V.,“), a professional association of protestant mission scientists, lecturers in mission and missionaries doing research (see above).

Website: www.missiologie-afem.de/em.html

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Co-Editor: Yearbook on the Persecution and Discrimination of Christians [former:Martyrs – Yearbook for the Persecution of Christians Today] (“Jahrbuch fürVerfolgung und Diskriminierung von Christen”) (since 2001)
Yearly Idea-Documentation edited by Max Klingberg, Ron Kubsch and myself on behalf of the International Society for Human Rights, the German, Austrian and Swiss Evangelical Alliance, and Giving Hands.

Website: amazon.de and www.bucer.de (PDF)

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Editor: Yearbook of Martin Bucer Seminary (“Jahrbuch des Martin Bucer Seminars”)
Academic contributions by faculty of Martin Bucer European Theological Seminary and Research Institutes and by professors of other universities with a special topic each year. Topics were eg “Caring for the Dying” (“Tabuthema Tod!?”), “Truth and Love: In Memory of Francis Schaeffer” (“Wahrheit und Liebe”), HIV and AIDS as Challange for Christians“ (“HIV und AIDS als christliche Herausforderung”), New Insights into Old Texts: Discussing Exgesis of the Old Testament” (“Neue Einsichten in alte Texte”).

Website: www.bucer.de/…/schaetze-der-gnade-reformatorische-theologie-im-21-jahrhundert.html, www.bucer.de/…/schaetze-der-gnade.html and de.wikipedia.org

Thomas Schirrmacher