Today we arrived with a delegation of EKHN under the leadership of Church President Volker Jung in our Indonesian Partner Church GMIM on the island of North Sulawesi. „Arrived in Minahasa on the island of North Sulawesi – Indonesia“ weiterlesen
Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away on 26th of December in the age of 90. He was a key leader in the struggle against the apartheid system in South Africa and a role model for my generation in his struggles in the post-apartheid era for justice and human rights.
World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca said “we thank God for giving us Archbishop Tutu for 90 years. Through his life and works he has become an image of dignity and freedom for all human beings and inspired many to use their gifts and talents in the service of others and the mission and prophetic task of the church.”
Olav Fykse Tveit, former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches honored Desmond Tutu by writing on Facebook: „We thank God for Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He led his people in their struggle for freedom, justice and reconciliation. He gave the Church and the world at large the best possible challenge and inspiration to work together for God’s plan for unity, justice and peace. He was a great leader of the One ecumenical movement, serving the One Church, the One Humanity, and the One Creation of God.“
May he Rest In Peace!
Dear Friends, Sisters and Brothers in our worldwide fellowship,
this is the second year of the Corona-Pandemic and it’s again challenging all of us as we approach Christmas and the New Year. The conflicts in our societies and worldwide are getting tougher, the nerves are on edge. This reflects our this year’s Christmas Card. „Glory to God … and on Earth Peace!“ weiterlesen
Corona bedingt war die Verabschiedung in den Ruhestand immer wieder verschoben worden. Aber gestern war es soweit: in einem Gottesdienst in der Berliner St. Elisabethkirche haben wir Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel nach über 20 Jahren als Direktorin von Brot für die Welt und der Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe in der Ruhestand verabschiedet. Ein bewegender Moment.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ in our EKHN Partner Churches in Afrika, Asia, Europe and the United States,
In the second year of the pandemic I send you greetings from the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN), and wish you a blessed Pentecost. We are still learning to deal with home office and video conferencing, hygiene rules and the limitation of close contact. We stream events and continue to practice social distancing. We miss meeting you.
Vor 50 Jahren – im Oktober 1970 – entschied die Synode der Evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau (EKHN), das Anti-Rassismus-Programm des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) mit 100.000 DM zu unterstützen. Auch nach der Überwindung des südafrikanischen Apartheidregimes ist Rassismus bis heute eine Herausforderung in vielen Gesellschaften. „Von Rassismus herausgefordert!“ weiterlesen
Heute feiern wir in Deutschland 30 Jahre Wiedervereinigung – unsere Partner in Korea haben das damals als großes Hoffnungszeichen empfunden, aber sie warten bis heute darauf! Dazu ein Interview mit Lutz Drescher, der viele Jahre in Korea gelebt hat und die Initiativen zur Wiedervereinigung auf der koreanischen Halbinsel bis heute engagiert begleitet.
Today in East Asia the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II will be commemorated. It is celebrated as Liberation Day. At the same time, the tragic history of the division of Korea began. „Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula“ weiterlesen
Church leaders from across the world including Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm are expressing their grave concern over the government of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm – Chair of the Council of the Evangelikal Church in Germany – said:
At Pentecost we as a Christian community celebrate our unity in diversity!
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1,7)
After many weeks of lock down we again started today on Pentecost Sunday to open our churches and to celebrate our Services – but with strict hygienic conditions.
During this times of lock down the church bells rang every evening at 7:30 pm; we lit a candle and prayed in different languages. As the Corona Pandemic is still a challenge for all of us around the world and people are still suffering not only from the Virus but also from hunger, unemployment, isolation and loneliness we are asked for continous prayer. But we will do it now in our services.
Our common prayer will still be available in 29 languages under the following link: TOGETHER