Birgit Weyel

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Birgit Weyel (* 1964 in Siegen ) is a German Protestant theologian . She has been Professor of Practical Theology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen since 2007 .

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After studying Protestant theology in Bonn and Berlin, Birgit Weyel completed her vicariate in Berlin-Mitte, where she was ordained in 1992. In 1997 she received her doctorate from the Humboldt University in Berlin with a thesis on Easter as the subject of the Göttingen sermon meditations . In 2004 the habilitation followed on the subject of practical training for the pastor's profession . Since 2007 she has held the chair for practical theology with a focus on pastoral teaching and pastoral theology in Tübingen. She declined calls to the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (2006) and the Humboldt University of Berlin (2013/2014).


Birgit Weyel's practical theological work is characterized by an empirical approach and interdisciplinary cooperation. Her research is focused on the perception and reflection of current religious practice in their ecclesiastical and social contexts. She has presented papers on casualty theory, homiletics and network theory, among others. Another focus of her research is the sacralization of texts.

She is the founding chairwoman of the working group for empirical research on religion and was a member of the scientific advisory board of the fifth church membership study of the EKD .



  • Easter as the theme of the Göttingen sermon meditations. A homiletic analysis of text and reality in sermon work (Work on Practical Theology 35), Göttingen 1999.
  • (together with Michael Meyer-Blanck) Workbook Practical Theology. An accompanying book for studies and exams , Gütersloh 1999.
  • Practical training to become a pastor. The Wittenberg Preacher Seminar and the Development of a Second Training Phase for Protestant Pastors in Prussia (Contributions to Historical Theology 134), Tübingen 2006.
  • (together with Michael Meyer-Blanck) Study and work book Practical Theology , Göttingen 2008.
  • (together with Felix Roleder) Networked parish. Analyzes of the network survey of the fifth church membership study of the EKD , Leipzig 2019


  • (together with Jürgen Henkys) Unity and context. Practical theological theory formation in a social environment. Festschrift for Peter C. Bloth on the occasion of his 65th birthday (Studien zur Theologie 14), Würzburg 1996.
  • (together with Wilhelm Gräb) Practical Theology and Protestant Culture , Gütersloh 2002.
  • (together with Wilhelm Gräb) Religion in the modern world. Manifestations and perspectives of reflection , Göttingen 2005.
  • (together with Volker Drehsen and Wilhelm Gräb) Compendium Theory of Religion , Göttingen 2005.
  • (together with Wilhelm Gräb) Handbook of Practical Theology , Gütersloh 2007.
  • (together with Kristin Merle) Pastoral care. Sources from Schleiermacher to the present , Tübingen 2009.
  • (together with Hans-Joachim Eckstein and Ulrich Heckel) Compendium Divine Service. The Protestant Church Service in the past and present , Tübingen 2011.
  • (together with Peter Bubmann) Practical Theology and Music (publications of the Scientific Society for Theology 34), Gütersloh 2012.
  • (together with Wilhelm Gräb and Hans-Günter Heimbrock) Practical theology and empirical research on religion , Leipzig 2013.
  • (together with Friedrich Schweitzer and Volker Drehsen) Christian Palmer and the practical theology , Jena 2013.
  • (in accordance with Klaus Antoni et al.) Holy texts. Literarization of religion and sacralization of literature in the modern novel , Münster 2013.
  • (together with Lars Charbonnier and Matthias Mader) Religion and feeling. Practical theological perspectives on a theory of emotions. Festschrift for Wilhelm Gräb on the occasion of his 65th birthday (works on pastoral theology, liturgy and hymnology 75), Göttingen 2013.
  • (together with Beate Jakob) People with depression. Orientations and impulses for practice in church parishes , Gütersloh 2014.
  • (together with Peter Bubmann) Church theory. Practical theological perspectives on the church (publications of the Scientific Society for Theology 41), Leipzig 2014
  • (together with Hanna Kasparick and Hartmut Kühne) frock coat, t-shirt and gown. 200 years of the Evangelisches Predigerseminar Wittenberg , Berlin 2016.
  • (together with Peter Bubmann, Kristian Fechtner, Konrad Merzyn, Ark Nitsche), temporary parish. Perceiving lived churchliness (practical theology today, vol. 160), Stuttgart 2018

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Birgit Weyel: Easter as the theme of the Göttingen sermon meditations. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1999, ISBN 978-3-525-62358-9 .
  2. Birgit Weyel: Practical training for the parish profession. The Wittenberg seminary and the emergence of a second training phase for Protestant pastors in Prussia. Mohr-Siebeck, Tübingen 2006, ISBN 978-3-16-148881-8 .
  3. Prof. Dr. Birgit Weyel - profile . Website of the University of Tübingen. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Website of the Working Group on Empirical Research on Religions
  5. ^ Statement on the occasion of the presentation of the Fifth Church Membership Investigation (V. KMU) "Engagement und Indifferenz", Berlin. ( Memento of the original from February 14, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /