Abitur, Martino-Katharineum, Braunschweig, Germany, 1955. Doctor of Theology, Heidelberg University, 1963. Habilitation, 1968.
Executive secretary Interdisc. Institute, Heidelberg, 1963—1970. Director department studies Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, 1970—1977.
Guest professor Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, 1977—1978. Ecumenical officer Church of Baden, Germany, 1979—2000. Professor systematic theology University Heidelberg, Germany, since 1984.
Consultant World Council of Churches, Geneva, since 1985.
Founder, member Kairos Europa, since 1990. Co-founder, member Ecumenical Network on Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation, since 1983. Member of International Bonhoeffer Society, International Association of Mission Studies.
Married Ulrik Scharmer, April 16, 1963. Children: Johannes, Anselm, Julia.