Mourning for Desmond Tutu


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!

Brot für die Welt verabschiedet Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel

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.

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EKHN Newsletter Pentecost 2021

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.

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Von Rassismus herausgefordert!

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

Wiedervereinigung: vor 30 Jahren Deutschland – Korea hofft noch!

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.

Deep concern over the government of Israel’s plan to annex parts of West Bank

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:

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Blessed Pentecost

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