Dr. Peter Schreiner

Peter Schreiner Position: Director
Department: Education in the Context of Schooling
Responsibilities: Stewardship for Education in Europe from a Protestant Perspective, Ecumenical Learning
Telephone: +49 (0) 2 51 / 9 81 01 - 25
E-mail: schreiner@comenius.de

Curriculum Vitae

Peter Schreiner, born in Bad Bergzabern, Germany in 1955, is the director of the Comenius-Institut in Muenster, Germany, Protestant Centre for Research and Development in Education. He is president of the Intereuropean Commission on Church and School (ICCS), a nongovernmental organisation with participatory status at the Council of Europe and associated member organisation of the Conference of European Churches. He is also moderator of the Coordinating Group for Religious Education in Europe (CoGREE), a network of six organisations active in the field of religion and education in Europe.

Main working areas include Comparative Religious Education in Europe, intercultural and interreligious learning, alternative approaches in education philosophy, ecumenical learning, stewardship of Protestant churches in education; current research project on "Religion in the Context of a Europeanization of Education" (2006-2010).

Membership in scientific societies and international bodies
1998- 2006
Commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation of the World Council of Churches

1993 
International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV)

1994
Intereuropean Commission on Church and School (ICCS)

1998
International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE)

1999
European Network for Religious Education through Contextual Approaches (ENRECA)

2000
Coordinating Group for Religion in Education in Europe (CoGREE)

2000- 2006
Steering Committee for Education; project group on "The new challenge of intercultural education, religious diversity and dialogue in Europe" of the Council of Europe

2011
Group of Experts on the Implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec (2008) 12 “Dimension of religions and non-religious convictions within intercultural education” Council of Europe / The European Wergeland Centre

2013
Society for Scientific Religious Education GwR

Invited international talks (selection)
1998
"Different Approaches to RE/RS in European Schools - the Scandinavian Approach in a European Context." Key note at the conference of the European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education (EFTRE).

2000
„Crossing Boundaries – Ecumenical Schools in Europe. Collegial Paper at ISREV XII, Jerusalem/Israel
 "Current Developments in Religious Education in Europe", CoGREE conference in Vienna / Austria

2001
"Religiöse Bildung in Europe. Ein Überblick." Key note at the International Consultation in Sarajevo /Bosnia-Herzegovina on "Culture of Religions" in the schools of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"Through the Eyes of a Child – Living and Learning together in Faith." European Conference on Christian Education, Santa Severa/Italy

2002
The challenge facing religious education in Europe. Forum: "The new intercultural challenge to education: religious diversity and dialogue in Europe", Strasbourg, Steering Committee for Education, Council of Europe, Strasbourg,.

2003
"Models of religious education in schools in Europe." The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion and Belief, international Seminar in Oslo 

2004
Culture and Religion in school education, key note at the 104th European Seminar of the Council of Europe in Donaueschingen/Germany

2005
„Religious Education in Europe", lecture at the university of Oslo

"Towards Holistic Education, a challenge for education philosophy", lecture at MF Theological University Oslo

2006
„The contribution of Religious Education to democratic Citizenship – theoretical and conceptual aspects to a comparative European perspective, collegial paper at ISREV in Driebergen / the Netherlands

“Holistic Education as a Challenge for Modern Education”. Key note at the International Conference of Orthodox Religious Education; Valamo Lay Academy/Finland

2007
“Visions for the Future”, European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education EFTRE, Budapest/Hungary

2008
"Europeanization of Education, the Place of Religion and the Role of Religious Education, paper for the 14th International Seminar on Religious Education and Values ISREV, Ankara, Turkey

"Religious Education in Europe - Situation and Developments", Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet 100 years, Oslo

2009
“Religion in the Context of a Europeanisation of Education”, European Network for Religious Education through Contextual Approaches (ENRECA), Stavanger/Norway

"Religious Education in Europe - Situation and Developments", Institute of Education, Unversity of London

“Intercultural Dialogue and Europeanisation of Education – research Initiatives supporting Education for Democratic Citizenship”, 7th International JTEFS/BBCC Conference Daugavpils/Lithuania

"Religious Education in Europe - Situation and Developments", Round table of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Skopje/Macedonia

 “Situation and Current Developments of Religious Education in Europe”, University of Antwerpe / Belgium

“Education for understanding religions and non-religious convictions: bases and pointers for living together as citizens”, Council of Europe, Exchange with religious communities, Strasbourg/France

2010
“Religion in the Context of a Europeanisation of Education”, European Network for Religious Education through Contextual Approaches (ENRECA), Schönberg/Germany

“Religion in the Context of a Europeanisation of Education”, International Seminar on Religious Education and Values ISREV XVII, Ottawa/Canada

“The Spiritual Dimension in Holistic Education”, International Conference on Religious Education, University of Tartu/Estonia

2011
“Employability, Mobility and Flexibility. European demands challenging religion and education.” Key note at the ICCS/IV Conference Prague/Czech Republic

“Protestantische Perspektiven im Kontext einer Europäisierung von Bildung”. Community of Protestant Churches in Europe CPCE Consultation on “Education of the Future” Ev. Akademie Tutzing

2012
“A Protestant Perspective on Religious Diversity in Education in Europe”, International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, ISREV XVIII, Turku/Finland

2013
“Religion in the Context of a Europeanisation of Education”, European Network for Religious Education through Contextual Approaches (ENRECA), Gothenburg/Sweden

“Education for Democratic Citizenship – A Task for the Churches?” Plenary of the Church and Society Commission of CEC, Brussels

“Unfinished Business on EU Citizenship – Rights, Duties and Citizens’ Awareness” Dialogue Seminar organized by the Bureau of Europ0ean Policy Advisors (BEPA), European Commission jointly with the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) & The Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community (COMECE)

Selected publications in English

New developments in religious education, in: Panorama 12 (2000) No. 1, pp. 49-51.

Concepts on teaching and learning in religions. Teaching Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions. In: EEF-NET (2000) No. 6, pp. 10-11.

Germany. In: P. Schreiner (ed.): Religious Education in Europe. Münster: Comenius-Institut, 2000, pp. 49-54.

Observation - Drawing a map on recent methodological developments in teaching of Christianity in Europe. In: EEF-NET (2001) No. 7, pp. 9-13.

Towards a European Oriented Religious Education. In: H.-G. Heimbrock et al. (eds.): Towards religious competence. Münster: Lit-Verlag, 2001, pp. 253-267.

The challenge facing religious education in Europe. Forum: "The new intercultural challenge to education: religious diversity and dialogue in Europe", Strasbourg, Monday 30 September 2002, CD-ED Bureau, Steering Committee for Education, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2002.

Different approaches - common aims? Current developments in religious education in Europe. In: P. Schreiner u.a. on behalf of Coordinating Group for Religious Education in Europe (CoGREE), Committed to Europe's Future. Contributions from Education and Religious Education. A reader. Münster: Comenius-Institut, 2002, pp. 95-100.

Religious Education in the European context. In: L. Broadbent u.a. (Hg.), Issues in Religious Education. London, New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 86-98.

A Milestone for Religious Education in Europe: CoGREE consultation on "Learning about and Learning from Religion. The Role of Religious Education for Living Together in a Europe of Conflict". In: Panorama, 14 (2002) No.2, pp. 87-89.

Methodological developments in teaching Christianity in Europe. In: G. Rüppell u.a. (Hg.): Shared Learning in a Plural World, Ecumenical Approaches to Inter-Religious Education, Band 8 der Reihe Schriften aus dem Comenius-Institut. Münster: LIT, 2003, pp. 84-92.

Models of religious education in schools in Europe. In: L. Larsen u.a. (Hg.): Teaching for tolerance and freedom of religion or belief. Oslo, 2003, pp. 28-36.

Contributions to Holistic Education from different theories. In: P. Schreiner, E. Banev, S. Oxley (ed.): Holistic Education Resource Book. Learning and Teaching in an Ecumenical Context. Münster u.a.: Waxmann-Verlag 2005, pp. 35-47.

The European Network for Religious Education through Contextual Approaches (ENRECA): its policy and aims (mit Siebren Miedema, Geir Skeie, Robert Jackson). In: Informationes theologiae Europae 13(2005), Frankfurt a. M., pp. 227,232.

Holistic Education Resource Book. Learning and Teaching in an Ecumenical Context (mit Simon Oxley, Esther Banev). Münster: Waxmann-Verlag 2005.

Religious Education and Christian Theologies. Some European Perspectives (with Gaynor Pollard and Sturla Sagberg). Münster: Waxmann 2006.

Good Practice in Religious Education in Europe. Examples and Perspectives of Primary Schools (with Friedhelm Kraft and Andrew Wright). Münster, Berlin: LIT 2007.

Religious Education in the European Context. In: E Kuyk et al. (Eds) Religious Education in Europe. Situation and current trends in schools. Oslo 2007. Article: Religious Education in Germany, pp. 81-87

Religious Education from a European Perspective. In: P. Kieran et al. (Eds) Exploring Religious Education. Dublin 2008, pp.109-123.

Religion in School and Religious Education in Europe. In: American Institute for Contemporary German Studies: German-American issues 09: Religion and Public Policy: A German-American Comparison. Washington DC: The John Hopkins University, pp. 55-60.

Social Cohesion and Religious Education in the Context of a Europeanisation of Education. In: Journal of Religious Education (Australia). 57 (2009) No. 3, pp. 56-64.

Situation and Current Developments of Religious in Europe. In: L. Franken & P. Loobuyck (Eds.) Religious Education in a Plural, Secularised Society. Münster 2011, pp. 17-34.

A Protestant Perspective on Religious Diversity in Educaion in Europe. In: Historia Religionum. An International Journal. Pisa, Roma Fabrizio Serra Editore MMXII (2012) 4, pp. 39-48.

The Situation of Religious Education in Germany (2013). Open Access auf: http://www.eftre.net/

Religious Education in the European Context.
In: Hungarian Educational Research Journal - HERJ, Vol. 3 (2013) 4, p. 11
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The Perspectives of the European institutions concerning the place of religion in education
IN: Pedagogiek 33 (2013) 3, pp. 90-102, URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-100785

Different models for religion and education in Europe
IN: Ferrari, Silvio [Hrsg.] u.a.: Religion in the Public Space Volume III. Farnham [u.a.]: Ashgate, 2013. pp. 163-174

Education from a protestant perspective: a collection of documents from the Evangelical Church in Germany. Editor: Evangelical Church in Germany, with a preface by Matthias Otte and Dr. Peter Schreiner. Guetersloh: Guetersloher Verlagshaus, 2013.

Religion in education: innovation in international research, edited by Joyce Miller , Kevin O'Grady and Ursula McKenna, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013, 220 pp., Pound 80 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-415-65949-9
IN: British Journal of Religious Education 36 (2014) Nr. 1, pp. 106-108

Religious Education in Europe.
IN: M. Rothgangel; T. Schlag; F. Schweitzer (eds.): Basics of Religious Education, Göttingen: v&r unipress, 2014. pp. 161-177.

Swedish Religious Education in the context of a European Perspective.
IN: Perspektiv pa religionskunskap i svenska skola. Malmö: Föreningen lärare i religionskunskap, 2014. (Arsbok ; 2013-45)

Germany and Christian Education
IN: Kurian, George Thomas; Lampert, Mark A. (eds.): Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Lanham [usw.]: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Vol. II , pp. 540-541.

"Schweitzer, Friedrich" [title of the encyclopedic entry]
IN: Kurian, George Thomas; Lampert, Mark A. (eds.): Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Lanham [usw.): Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Vol. III, pp. 1120-1121.

Religious education in the European context
IN: Berglund, Jenny; Lundé, Thomas; Strandbrink, Peter [eds.]: Crossings and crosses
Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. pp. 139-153

Sources of Humanity - Bible and Qur'an interpreted by Christians and Muslims - for book shelf of a tool for interreligious learning?
IN: Lähnemann, Johannes (ed.): The role of interreligious education in overcoming fear and building trust. Nürnberg: Selbstverl., 2015. S. 19-21

Germany and Christian Education
IN: Kurian, George Thomas; Lampert, Mark A. (eds.): Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Lanham [usw.]: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Vol. II , S. 540-541.

"Schweitzer, Friedrich" [Title of the entry in the encyclopedia]
IN: Kurian, George Thomas; Lampert, Mark A. (eds.): Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Lanham [usw.): Rowman & Littlefield, Vol. III, 2015. S. 1120-1121.

European Institutions, Human Rights and Interreligious Education.
IN: Pirner, Manfred L.; Lähnemann, Johannes; Bielefeldt, Heiner [Hrsg.]: Human Rights and Religion in Educational Contexts. Cham: Spinger, 2016. S. 273-283 (Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Rights : Volume 1)

European Perspective : How Educational Reforms Influence the Place and Image of RE.
In: Castelli, Mike; Chater, Mark: We Need to Talk about Religious Education : Manifestos for the Future of RE. London: Jessica Kingsley Publisher, 2017. Pages 37-52.

Religious Education in Europe - what can be learned for "intercultural religoius didactics" in Sweden?
In: Franck, Olof; Thalén, Peder (Red.): Interkulturell religionsdidaktik - utmaningar och möjligheter. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2018. Seite 45 bis 63

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