Distinguished Professor from Germany Visits GSRRE
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Grumme, University of Education, Ludwigsburg, Germany, was a featured presenter at an Open Classroom on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, in the course, Parish Education: Ministry and Leadership. Dr. Grumme, who is Professor of Religious Education and Catechetics, presented a paper on “Religious Education and Politics” to a group of 25 students and guest faculty which included professors from five graduate schools (Fordham, New York University, LaSalle, Dominican College, and New York Theological Seminary). Respondents to Dr. Grumme’s paper included Dr. Gabriel Moran, Professor Emeritus, NYU. The presentation was followed by a question and answer period and general discussion.
Central to Dr. Grumme’s thesis is the conviction that religious learning can no longer be based solely on a catechetical or evangelical view, but can only be justified within the context of educational theory. Religious education has its place in schools because it provides a distinctive, specific contribution to the general education of students which other subjects cannot address. His thesis is that the political dimension of religious education is an essential part of this contribution, and without it the students would not be competent enough to judge and act in the religious sphere.
The event concluded with a reception and more lively discussion.