Jurgen Moltmann, a retired theologian at the University of Tubingen in Germany, has won the annual $200,000 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Moltmann was honored for his book "The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology," published in 1996 by Fortress Press. Eschatology refers to the doctrine of the "last things."

The prize, administered since 1990 by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, honors "insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine" that may help people "to attain wholeness, integrity or meaning."

Moltmann, a German soldier who spent three years in World War II prison camps, is an adult convert to Christian faith. He first won recognition in theology with his 1967 work "Theology of Hope."

-- Associated Press

St. Philip Renovation

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington will fund a $2.42 million renovation of Chapel of St. Philip the Evangelist, 2001 14th St. SE. The 112-year-old Anacostia church closed in June because of deteriorating conditions, said diocesan spokeswoman Daphne Gerig. But its 133 members have continued to operate outreach ministries, including a food pantry, clothing center and senior citizens program.

Work began this week and is expected to be completed by late summer. The renovation will allow the addition of an early-childhood development center, after-school and welfare-to-work programs and improved computer training.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) are expected to attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. today at the church.

-- Bill Broadway