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The outreach segment also plays a prominent role for the professorship, as the topics of Eastern Christian Studies are of high political, social, cultural and (inter-)religious relevance. Political events in the home countries of our students (e.g. “Arab Spring”, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, war in Ukraine) are almost without exception permeated by or linked to religiously motivated discussions and tensions. It should also be kept in mind that about three million members of Oriental, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches are living in Germany today. It is important to raise awareness of these connections. Therefore, the professorship also pursues a “third mission”, namely to provide critically reflected information and to stimulate the outreach of scientific knowledge into society. This means that the academics working at the professorship enter into a reciprocal interaction with the public in order to demonstrate the relevance of their “small subject”, especially for society.


Patristic Centre Koinonia – Oriens e. V.

The “Patristic Centre Koinonia – Oriens e. V.” is a non-profit association whose aim is to research the early Christian heritage of the Church as well as the rich traditions of the various churches in the East and West. After the relocation of the association’s seat from its original founding site in Cologne to Eichstätt, the “Patristic Centre” now sees itself primarily as a support association for the focus on Eastern Christian Studies at the Eichstätt Faculty of Theology, especially for the work of the professorship for Theology of the Christian East, the “Research Centre for the Christian East” and the Chair of Early Church History and Patrology.