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

Personal Paper Dr. Hagencord

Personal Paper

Dr. Rainer Hagencord I Foto: Tatjana Jentsch

Dr. Rainer Hagencord

Dr. Rainer Hagencord was born in Ahlen in 1961, studied Theology in Muenster (Westphalia) and Fribourg (Switzerland) from 1980 to 1985, was ordained a catholic priest in 1987, studied biology and philosophy in Muenster after four years of pastoral work and finished his studies with the focus on behavioral biology and theology with a Ph.D. certificate.

From 1996 to 2000 he worked as a university chaplain in Muenster and established an interdisciplinary dialogue between theology and biology. Here the idea for the doctoral project was born. Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser from the Institute of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller from the Department of philosophical questions in theology  supervised the work: "The Beast: A challenge for Christian Theological Anthropology and behavioral arguments for a change of perspective."

Meanwhile the book is titled "On this side of Eden. Behavioral and theological arguments for a new view of animals" ( third edition ). Dr. Jane Goodall, next to Diane Fossey probably the most important primatologist in the world, also UN Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, has written the foreword. Since autumn 2004 Jane Goodall and Rainer Hagencord have been in friendly contact, so she gladly took over the patronage of the Institute and participated at the opening of the institute in Muenster on 15.12.2009. Co-founder of the institute is Anton Rotzetter from Switzerland.


Member of the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) in Berlin
Member of the network "food ethics" of the Schweisfurth Foundation
Member and Chairman of the development fund of the Institute of Theological Zoology eV
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Ora et Labora - an ethos of Mitgeschöpflichkeit ( = everything and every being is God`s creature )



• Hagencord, Rainer (2011): The dignity of animals: A religious appreciation, Gütersloh

• Hagencord, Rainer (2010): Noah's forgotten companions: a shattered relationship, Ostfildern: Matthias-Grünewald-Verlag

• Hagencord, Rainer (2008): God and the Animals: A change in perspective, Regensburg: Pustet

• Hagencord, Rainer (2005): On this side of Eden. Behavioral and theological arguments for a new view of animals, Regensburg: Pustet


• "Father bless these gifts" - or who should do what when, in: F.-T.? Gottwald, I. Boergen (ed.), Food and morals. Contributions to the ethics of eating, Marburg, 2013, pp. 115 - 130

• "Then you let the forester but also bury them ...!" Of legitimate questions to an anthropocentric theology of creation and appropriate response experiments.
In: T. Dienberg, T. Eggensperger, U. Engel (Eds.), secular piety. Theological contributions to secularization and individualization, Münster, 2013, pp. 131-147

• Introduction: Kathleen Goebel, animals of the sky, wisdom stories from the Orient, Kevelaer 2013

• The animals: our fellow creatures - high time for a theological appraisal, in: Koehl, G., Lames, G. (Ed.), Adventure hope. Testimonies and witnesses, Berlin, 2012, Ss. 680-692

• We should be cosmographers in: Culinary, science, culture, practice, issue 4/2012, 30/31

• A plea for an anthropology facing the animal. In: DEER MOUNTAIN, Volume 65, Issue No. 07/08, 2012, pp. 462-468

• The theology and our fellow creatures. A plea for an anthropology facing the animal. In: Krall, J. Lamprecht, F. et al (Hg): Ethical Finance. Festschrift for Bishop Alois Schwarz` sixtieth birthday. Frankfurt 2012

• Our fellow creatures - a plea for theological anthropology, facing the animal. In: Jewish culture stage. 13-14. Year, No. 2 (11) / No. 1 (12), April 2012, pp. 16-18

• To issue a theological appreciation of the animals. In: DGK-DVG others (ed.): Second Tier 'Congress of Veterinary Chamber of Schleswig-Holstein. Giessen, 2012, pp. 327-333

• Creativity and fantasy. What we can learn from Nicholas of Cusa, animal lover and theologian. In: P & S Magazine for psychotherapy and counseling. # 01.2012, pp. 14-18

• Animals and faith. The project of a theological zoology. In: Franciscan Mission 4/2011, pp. 6-8

• human - animal: a shattered relationship? In: F. Brandstätter, W. Haferkamp, ​​M. Micheel: What a crowd - Animals of the Bible for Children, 2010 S. Kevelaer 170-172

• What do animals have to do with our faith? In: German veterinary journal, Journal of the Federal Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons, September 2010, S.1152 - 1157

• Over the animals into a living creation spirituality, in: living testimony, Issue 3 September 2010, p.186 - 195

• Our fellow plea for theological anthropology with his face to the animal in Herder CORRESPONDENCE 64 6/2010

• From Bileam's donkey and Joseph hangover. In: C. Lucking-Michel, Raueiser (ed.), Three Religions - a Holy Land. Commemorative volume on the occasion of the 70th Birthday of Prof. Dr. Josef Wohlmuth, Cologne 2008, p.161-169

• The animal - still this side of Eden. In: Bible today. Animals and humans. Biblical pulses 2 Quarter of 2006

• Christian education as a form of progressive education - A report from the former GDR. In: Journal of Integrative Gestalt pedagogy and pastoral care No 43 - December 2006

• Formative win - in the view of the animals. In: Hofer, A., Steiner, K. Feiner, F.: Handbook of Integrative believe Gestalt pedagogy and pastoral care, guidance and supervision, Part II, Pictorial and otherwise, Will Rock 2005

• I find you in all these things. Seven weeks for body and soul, Stuttgart 2005

• Spiritual aspects of Gestalt therapy. In: Hofer, A., Steiner, K., Handbook of Integrative Gestalt pedagogy and pastoral care, guidance and supervision, part I, our humanity, Will Rock 2004

• diaconate of women: a salutary revitalize our church. In: Kubera, U., Patt, S. (eds. on behalf of the network diaconate of women), Did not our heart? The first Diakonatskreis for women, Stuttgart 2004

• Darwin and God. The relationship between evolution and religion, ed. U. v. Lüke / J. Schnakenburg / G. Souvignier, Darmstadt 2004. In: Theological Review, No. 1, 2005

• Human rights for apes? What distinguishes animals and humans, ed. v. M. Herberhold / C. Söling, Paderborn 2003. In: Theological Review No. 5, 2005
• Psalms in animal images. Maria-Anna-Bäuml Roßnagl, 2012


• If animals frolic in theology. Approaches to theological Zoology, ed. Rainer v. Hagencord.-Regensburg: Pustet 2010  Theological Review, No. 3, 2011, Systematic Theolgoie

• Rainer Maria Rilke. I live my life in growing rings. Daily text, Ostfildern 2008

• Bernhard Rensch: biologist and philosopher, with contributions from Dückerstieg, G., Rusch Meier, I., Hoyer, U., Münster