Samstag, 22.09.2018

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein interreligiöses Projekt: Naturschutz als Band der Religionen

Sa 22.09.2018 // 16 – 19 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuziner Klostergarten Münster

Freitag, 29.06.2018

Ethik des Lebendigen - Vom Umgang mit Nutztieren

Fr 29.06.2018 // 18 Uhr // bis So 01.07.2018 // ca 14 Uhr // Tagung // Kloster Stift zum Heiligengrabe // Heiligengrabe

Samstag, 10.03.2018

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein interdisziplinäres Projekt: Die Synergie aus Ökologie und Spiritualität

Sa 10.03.2018 // 16 - 19:30 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuziner Klostergarten Münster

Mittwoch, 06.12.2017

Die Würde der Tiere - Vortrag und Symposium

Mi 06.12.2017 // 9 - 17 Uhr // Vortrag im Rahmen des Symposiums „Kulturlandschaft im Wandel – biodivers oder artenarm?" // LVR-Freilichtmuseum Lindlar

Freitag, 15.09.2017

Was die Natur uns predigt - BeSINNungstage InNatura

Fr 15.09.2017 // 16:00 Uhr bis So 17.09.2017 // 14:00 Uhr // Schnupperwochenende im Haus Mariengrund // Münster

Samstag, 09.09.2017

Impulse - Wahrnehmungen - Verköstigungen. Ein ökumenisches Projekt: Für eine ökologische Reformation.

09.09.2017 // 16 - 18 Uhr // Workshop // Kapuzinerklostergarten Münster

Approach & Aims

Approach & Aims

Multidisciplinary, Ecumenical, Inter-religious

When scientific insight increases,
the relationship between animals and men will become closer and closer.
When they are as close as in the old myths,
there will hardly be any animals left.

(Elias Canetti, nobel laureate in literature, 1981)

The project of theological theology can only be successful

if it takes the insights of natural sciences concerning the fellow creatures of man seriously and  dissociates from the fundamentalist simplification when speaking of man, animal, God, and the world;

if the stories of the Bible are reviewed against the backdrop of the Jewish-Christian anthropology and if they are integrated into the relevant disciplines of theology which is academically established and ecumenical;

if the institute can attract the attention of the parishes to the fact that the issue is socio-politically and spiritually important and if the institute can closely link those people who endeavour to achieve a change in awareness and consumer behaviour. 

The theological approach – Concerning the capital misapprehension as to animals

“The error as to creatures leads to wrong insights into God and diverts the spirit of man from God”, that is what St. Thomas Aquinas, a Doctor of the Church, wants to make all people dealing with theology take to heart. If the Doctor of the Church is right, dealing thoroughly with the fellow creatures of man is not luxury at all, but concerns the crucial issues of theology and spirituality. There is every indication that modern theology has laboured under the capital misapprehension as to the animals, our fellow creatures:

In everyday life:

According to the cultural critic Robert Sheldrakes there are only two categories of animals. There are those we pamper by giving them pet food, and there are those we chop into pet food.

By holding this view Robert Sheldrakes attracts attention to the misapprehension as to  animals, a misapprehension which is widespread in the allegedly Christian Europe.

In the Church and in preaching:

The animals which are omnipresent in the Bible are nearly completely neglected in theology, thus animals seem to be irrelevant. This might lead to wrong apprehension of God, and it distorts the conception of Creation and spirituality. The theological appreciation of the dignity of animals wants to eliminate this misapprehension and to lead to a change of perspective.