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The AÖF-ERF was founded by Prof. Theo Sundermeier and Prof. Konrad Raiser as an interdisciplinary affiliation of young scholars in the field of ecumenism and mission studies. It has no status as a registered association and is totally dependent on sponsors. Because the annual meetings are prepared in voluntary work the costs can be kept low.


The annual meetings so far have been able to take place THANKS to donations from different (regional) churches and institutions.


Over the years the following institutions have supported the ERF:


Sponsors since 2004


The Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau


North Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church

Evangelische Kirche Berlin – Brandenburg - schlesische Oberlausitz

Evangelisch-Lutherische Landeskirche Hannovers

Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen


The Lutheran Church in Saxony

Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen - Waldeck


Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz (Protestantische Landeskirche)


Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland

Erzbistum Hamburg

Evangelischer Bund

Bistum Mainz



special support came from


Diakonisches Werk in Deutschland

Konfessionskundliches Institut Bensheim

Academy of Mission at the University of Hamburg


The Academy of Mission is the home of the ERF since 1999.


If you are interested in supporting ERF, please contact our treasurer.