German Theologian to Present “Theology After Auschwitz”

The Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus welcomes the general public to its 9th annual lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue. German theologian Dr. Gunda Werner-Burggraf will present “Theology After Auschwitz: Abrahamic Perspectives” on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jessing Center at the Josephinum.

The lecture is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not required. For directions or information, please contact the Academic Dean’s Office at the Josephinum at 614-885-5585 or


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 February 2012.


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 journals.


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