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Truth in Transformation -- CEUC 2019

CEUC 2019 Neuendettelsau


CEUC 2019 in Germany

Welcome to the Conference of European University Chaplains.

In 2019 CEUC will take place in Neuendettelsau, Nürnberg and Eichstätt.

Join us in the historic places in Northern Bavaria, in and around the Metropolitan Area of Nürnberg. Enjoy Franconian hospitality, food and drinks. Meet old and new friends from all over Europe and discuss the present and future of university chaplaincy.

Save the date June 3 – 7, 2019 and register for CEUC 2019!

Truth in Transformation

True or not true – nowadays this is more controversial than ever. Not only politicians claim their own truths, dismiss or ignore the lessons of the past: The objectivity of media and of science as a whole is being questioned. In post-modern times universally acknowledged values are negated – and at the same time called for. Liberal Christianity in Europe has given up its exclusive claim on interpreting the world, in the post-secular society various religions and world-views compete for legitimacy and influence.

Chaplains at Universities work in the midst of this critical transition, experience support and rejection, traditional Christian faith and individual patchwork religiosity. They are open for all ways of life and at the same time need their own spiritual grounding in order to fulfill their pastoral task.

In Great Britain and the Netherlands, chaplaincy has become an interreligious and highly professional service within the university structures. In Germany, student congregations that used to be vibrant laboratories for reform in church and society struggle for acknowledgement and new identities. In Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, the churches are also searching for an appropriate form of church ministry to students and other members of the universities.

„Truth in Transformation“– this is the motto of the Conference of European University Chaplains. The prominent German theologian, Prof. Jürgen Moltmann will ask basic questions about religious and Christian truth in modern times, Prof. Heike Walz will respond from an intercultural and feminist perspective. A visit to the documentation center at the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg will allow reflection about the lessons we might learn from the past, and excursions to the student congregations in Nuremberg and Eichstätt will propose different visions for student congregations and chaplaincy work in Germany. 


David Hutchison

David S. Hutchison

Ever since I began attending CEUC conferences in 2014, I am always amazed how they just keep getting better! So it goes without saying, especially after a superb time in Dublin last June, that I am SERIOUSLY looking forward to CEUC 2019 in Neuendettelsau! The theme of Truth in Transformation is so valid as we aim to visit the Documentation Centre in Nuremberg and hear from no less a man than Jürgen Moltmann! Come and see at first hand a nation telling its own historical truths and how these have transformed them in the present.

David S. Hutchison, Aberdeen (Chair)

Beata Gombkötö

Beáta Gombkötö


CEUC 2019 is going to be full with beauty and transformation, full with history close and far, full with amazing architecture and inclusive churces, and hopefully full with university chaplains all around Europe, and around the World! Warmly recommended not to miss the 2019 CEUC conference in Germany. The board has just seen the local preparations, and would be happy to see as many chaplains as possible here.

Beáta Gombkötő, Budapest (Vice Chair)




Jürgen Moltmann

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Moltmann

Jürgen Moltmann is one of the most prominent theologians of our time. „Theology of Hope“ and „The Crucified God“, among others, are standard reading in every theology course. At the age of 94, Moltmann is still a thinker who envisions the future that God envisions for us. Formed theologically by the experiences of war and imprisonment, he has been a major voice in rethinking the Christian Faith, in vibrant dialogue with Feminists, Liberation theologians, scholars and practitioners from the Global South. Moltmann lives in Tübingen.


Heike Walz

Prof. Dr. Heike Walz


Heike Walz represents a new generation of female and internationally active theologians. She has studied and taught in France, Switzerland, Argentina and Germany. As professor for intercultural theology, her interests are religion and politics in Latin America (Argentina), post-colonial intercultural theology and study of religion, global ethics (Human Rights, Migration), dance in different religions and cultures, liberation theologies and Pentecostalism in Africa, Asia and Latin Amerika, interreligious dialogue, sex and gender. She is the Rector of Augustana Theological Seminary.




Conference Location: Neuendettelsau

Neuendettelsau is a village 35 km from Nuremberg. Having been shaped by the visions and ideas of Wilhelm Löhe (1806-1872), a Lutheran Pastor, it is now home to the Diakonie Neuendettelsau, one of the largest social welfare institutions in Bavaria; Mission OneWorld, the center for mission and development of the Bavarian Lutheran Church; and Augustana Theological Seminary. Neuendettelsau is an ideal conference town. 

Augustana Theological Seminary was founded in 1947, combining Lutheran theology and ideas of the Confessing Church. 

Neuendettelsau with its conference centers and Augustana Theological Seminary will be our home base for CEUC2019. Accommodation (single rooms with private bathrooms) and meals are offered here, as well as lectures, workshops and worship.

Excursions: Nürnberg & Eichstätt

Nürnberg (Nuremberg) is a city of 500.000 people, with the metropolitan area of 1.5 million surrounding the old city walls. Having been one of the leading cities in medieval Germany and one of the first Free Cities to introduce the reformation in 1525, Nuremberg today is a multi-cultural and multi-religious place. Having been one of Adolf Hitler’s favorite places and the stage for the Nazi Party Rallies, it was destroyed heavily in World War II, but rebuilt both in architecture and political awareness. The city today hosts an ambitious documentation center for the Nazi Crimes and the Street of Human Rights in remembrance of the Nuremberg War Crime Trials that brought forth international law.

During the CEUC2019 conference, we will visit the Documentation Center at the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, spend time at the Old Medieval Town and visit both St. Sebald Church from 1250 and the modern youth church LUX that cooperates with the Protestant Student Congregation.

Eichstätt is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Eichstätt, founded in the 8th century. The baroque town today hosts the Catholic University and a vibrant Catholic Student Congregation.

Here at the former residence of the Bishop of Eichstätt, we will have our Conference Dinner and afterwards relax and dance at the Catholic Student Congregation.


Truth in Transformation is the motto of our conference: How do we deal with a changing setting of decreasing Christian influence, a competition of truths and religious ideas? We have been working on these issues, each and every one of us in his or her own context.

The best way to learn from each other is the workshops at CEUC. Consider offering a workshop in which you may share your best practice, talk about the challenges of your work, or invite colleagues to look for new ways of doing the old ministry.

Please feel encouraged and send your suggestions for a workshop to workshops@ceuc2019.de .


CEUC is also a spiritual experience. Although the 2019 conference is located in a quite traditional Christian landscape (both Lutheran and Roman Catholic), CEUC2019 intends not only to reflect on the more inter-religious and post-secular environment in Europe's Universities, but also share and celebrate our manifold religious convictions and world-views. The opening service will lift up the religious and denominational traditions present, and morning devotion on Tuesday and Thursday will be offered by Christian and non-Christian chaplains. On Wednesday, a Midday Prayer for Reconciliation will be offered in front of the Cross of Nails from Coventry in the old Church of St. Sebald. Last but not least, the final service on Friday will combine the sharing of bread and wine at Holy Communion with the experience of the global community.


as of 8/2/19



15.00 Registration begins; Meet&Greet; Guided Tours in the Town of Neuendettelsau

18.00 Opening Service

19.30 Reception



7.30 Morning Devotion

8.00 Breakfast

9.15 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Moltmann

10.30 Response: Prof. Dr. Heike Walz

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Workshops

18.00 Dinner

19.00 European Market



7.30 Breakfast

8.30 Transfer to Nuremberg

9.30 Visit of the Documentation Center at the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds

11.30 Transfer to the Old Town of Nuremberg

12.00 Midday Prayer at the Cross of Nails, St. Sebald

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Free Time in the Old Town of Nuremberg

17.00 ESG Nürnberg/Jugendkirche LUX (Protestant Student Congregation and Nuremberg Youth Church)

19.00 Dinner

22.00 Transfer to Neuendettelsau



7.30 Morning Devotion

8.00 Breakfast

9.15 Panel Discussion: The Future of University Chaplaincy

12.00 Lunch

13.00 General Assembly

15.00 Transfer to Eichstätt

16.30 Guided Tour

19.00 Conference Dinner

21.00 Dance and Drinks at the „Theke“ (KHG Eichstätt/Catholic Student Congregation)

23.00 Transfer to Neuendettelsau



8.00 Breakfast

9.15 Visions and Miracles

10.30 Closing Service

11.30 End of the Conference


Wages and salaries vary from country to country, from setting to setting within Europe. In order to correct this imbalance, CEUC offers stipends for those who have difficulties paying or having their registration fee paid. Please don't hesitate to contact stipends@ceuc2019.de to get information.



By Car:

Neuendettelsau is located at the Autobahn A6, one of the main motorways in Europe, connecting Paris and Prague (Exit 54).


By Train:

Neuendettelsau has a train station within the network of Deutsche Bahn (DB). From Nuremberg Main Station (Nürnberg Hbf) take the S-Bahn 4 (final destination Ansbach/Dombühl) to Wicklesgreuth and then the Local Train (final destination Windsbach) to Neuendettelsau. Wicklesgreuth is also on the regional train line from Stuttgart via Ansbach to Nuremberg.

Book your train tickets in advance via www.bahn.com or www.vgn.de .


By Plane:

We recommend flying into Albrecht Dürer Airport in Nuremberg (NUE) which is a small, but effective airport serving the region of Northern Bavaria. Nuremberg Airport is connected to Nuremberg City Center by an Subway Train (12 minutes to Nuremberg Main Station). From there you take the train to Neuendettelsau.

Please send us your flight details so we can assist you with the transfer to/from Neuendettelsau. If enough people arrive or leave at similar times, we intend to arrange bus transfers.

If you fly into Frankfurt Airport (FRA) or Munich Airport (MUC), be aware that the train ride to Nuremberg will take you 2,5 hours.


By Taxi:

A taxi ride from Nuremberg Airport to Neuendettelsau costs ca. € 75.

Host Committee & Partners

Janning Hoenen

Janning Hoenen

Janning Hoenen is chaplain at Augustana Theological Seminary in Neuendettelsau.







Kristin Langos

Kristin Langos

Kristin Langos is chaplain at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.







Martina Rogler

Martina Rogler

Martina Rogler is chaplain at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.







Thomas Zeitler

Thomas Zeitler

Thomas Zeitler is chaplain in Nuremberg (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nuremberg Tech and others).





CEUC2019 Partners: 

Augustana Theological Seminary

Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Bayern

Bistum Eichstätt

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

ESG Nürnberg

KHG Eichstätt


Konferenz für Katholische Hochschulpastoral

Tagungsstätte Mission EineWelt

Haus Lutherrose

Diakonie Neuendettelsau

St. Sebald Nürnberg


For more information please contact us at ceuc@ceuc2019.de !

Book now

Book here using the online registration.


Please transfer the registration fee to:


     IBAN DE02 7655 0000 0760 7004 50


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The registration fee is:

     €495 until February 28th (Early Bird Rate)

     €550 until April 26th (regular)

     €590 after April 26th (room subject to availability)


The registration fee covers room and board during the conference (Dinner June 3rd to Packed Lunch June 7th except for Dinner June 5th in Nürnberg which will be at your own expense), the visit to the Documentation Center, the transfers to Nürnberg (June 5th) and Eichstätt (June 6th) and the CEUC membership fee.


Please note that your registration is complete only after the transfer of the registration fee.


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