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Dr. Gunda Werner-Burggraf is a faculty member of the
Department of Dogmatic Theology at Ruhr-University
Bochum, Germany, a position she has held since
A native of Bonn, Germany, Dr. Werner-Burggraf
completed secondary studies at the Catholic Gymnasium
in Bonn in 1991. From 1992-1998, she studied theology
and philosophy in Münster, culminating in a master’s
degree. She then worked as an assistant nurse in a
home for the elderly, doing pastoral care with
hospice, and counseling for the AIDS Foundation in
Münster. The following years were spent contributing
to the formation of priests and lay people in the
Archdiocese in Berlin as well as to the preparation
for and follow up to World Youth Day in Cologne.
After completion of a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology
(summa cum laude), in Münster in 2005, Dr.
Werner-Burggraf worked in human rights and the
development of European networks for the Franciscan
Brothers headquartered in Bonn. From January 2008
until December 2009, she was a staff member and one of
the chief executive officers for the Second Ecumenical
Church Assembly held in 2010. Later that same year,
she was a visiting scholar at the Pontifical College
Josephinum, conducting research in ecclesiology.
In addition to her academic degrees, Dr.
Werner-Burggraf holds a diploma in theme-centered
interaction and has several qualifications in human
resources, conflict management and management skills.
Her extensive list of published writings includes two
books and dozens of articles in German theological
The Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus
includes Trinity Lutheran Seminary, the Pontifical
College Josephinum, and the Methodist Theological
School in Ohio. Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary is an
associate member. For more information about the
Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus or the
Annual Lecture on World Religions and Interreligious
Dialogue, contact Dr. Paul Numrich at 740-362-3443 or