The Adolf-Clarenbach-Haus can look back on almost 125 years of history. During this time, it saw itself on the brink of closure several times and underwent numerous conversions and renovations, which finally resulted in the current main building and the annexe at Goebenstraße 32-36.
The study house today
Today, the Goebenstift is a lively house community in which students of Protestant theology as well as other disciplines continue to find a home. It gives us the space to experience practical Christianity and to grow in ourselves and our fellow human beings by means of an independent administration and shaping of community life.
Even today, the residents must ask themselves from time to time the question that moved the Board of Directors as early as 1932: “Is the house still necessary? Does it have to stay?” But we know clearly: “The house is necessary! It still has its great task, today more than ever!”.
“Festschrift”: 100 years of Goebenstift
A deeper insight into the development and history of the house is provided by the commemorative publication entitled “100 Years of the Protestant Theological House of Studies Adolf Clarenbach 1897-1997”, published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary in 1997. It also contains excerpts on the original motivation of the institution, the role of the house in the church struggle, and much more exciting information.
The collection was included in the series of publications of the Verein für Rheinische Kirchengeschichte (Volume 125; edited by H. Faulenbach, D. Mayer and R. Mohr; ISBN 3-7927-1679-8) and was published in 1997 by Rheinland Verlag, Cologne.
For 10€ the Festschrift can be ordered from the study inspector.