Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen

Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen

Associate Professor / Head of Studies


2020 - Interim Head of Studies at the Faculty of Theology,  University of Copenhagen.

2018 - Associate Professor in Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen.

2013 - 2018: Professor in Practical Theology with special obligations in the field of homiletics, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen.

 2012 - 2013: Visiting Scholar, Duke University Divinity School, Preceptor in MA course: Introduction to Christian Preaching.

 Sept-Oct. 2012: Research Assistant, Faculty of Theology, University Of Copenhagen.

Feb.-June 2012: External lecturer at the Department of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen teaching.

2006- June 2012: Ph.D. fellow at the Department of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen. Financed by the Danish Research Council for Culture and Communication.   


  • 2006- June 2012: Ph.D. fellow at the Department of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen.               
  • 2000 - June 2005: Candidata theologiae, University of Copenhagen.    
  • 1997 - June 2000: Bachelor in Theology, University of Copenhagen.    
  • 1992-1995: Upper secondary school leaving examination, Fredericia Gymnasium.

 Studies abroad

  • 2002-2003: Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, Tennesse.
  • 1995-1996: l'Université de la Sorbonne Paris. Cours de langue et de civilisation francaises.   
  • 1991-1992: Millbrook Highschool, New York. Rotary exchange student.

 Academical posts and activities

  • Member of the board of Societas Homiletica
  • Co-editor of the International Journal of Homiletics. 
  • Head of continuing and further education at Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen.
  • 2009-2011: Elect Member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Homiletics.
  • Co-planning and facilitating the Academy of Homiletics’ Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, Dec. 1st-3rd 2011.
  • Co-planning and facilitating the Academy of Homiletics’ Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 18th-20th 2010 (in affiliation with the Society of Biblical Literature).
  • 2011- 2013: Member of the redaction group at Religionspædagogisk Forlag (RPF),Frederiksberg
  • 2011:   Co-planning seminar on “The Theology of Preaching” at Copenhagen University, Oct. 5th-6th.
  • 2008:   Co-planning and facilitating the Societas Homiletica’s bi-annual conference in Copenhagen, June 2008.

 Conference paper presentations

  •  Listening to the Voices. Refugees as Co-authors of Practical Theology" Keynote lecture at the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology's Conferencen in collaboration with Ass. Prof. Gitte Buch-Hansen July 13th 2017.
  • "Paradoxical Hope in the Promise of Preaching" Keynote lecture at Societas Homiletica Bi-annual conference, Stellenbosch, Southafrica. March 16th. 2016.
  • “Touched by the Words – Corporeality and Liturgical Practices in the Johannine Jesus’ Speeches. A polyphonic performance for three voices”
    Joint presentation in collaboration with Professor Bent Flemming Nielsen and Professor Gitte Buch-Hansen at the session: Biblical Interpretation and Pastoral Theology at the Society of Biblical Literature Conference in Chicago, IL. Nov.17th 2012.
  •  “The ‘Word of God’ in Carnivalized Preaching - Reconsidering the Call to Preaching from a Bakhtinian Perspective”. In: Papers of the Academy of Homiletics 44th. Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA., Nov. 2010.
  • “Preaching as Dialogical Monologue: In Conversation with Mikhail M. Bakhtin and Other­wise Homiletics”. In: Papers of the Academy of Homiletics 43th. Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Dec. 2009.
  • “In Search of Preaching – Does Scripture Make a Difference? - Homiletics in the Tension Field between Orality and Literacy”. In: Working Papers of the Societas Homiletica’s bi-annual meeting, København, June 2008.
  • “How the Word becomes Flesh and Dwells among Us: A ‘New Homiletic’ approach to
    ‘Advent Analogy’” In: Papers of the Academy of Homiletics 39th. Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN, Dec. 2004. 


  • English: Level A
  • French: Level A
  • German: Level B
  • Latin: Level A
  • Greek: Level A
  • Hebrew: Level C

 Civil status

Born March 2nd 1975 in Fredericia. Married with Peter Lorensen. Mother of Lukas, Freja and Markus. 




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