Church Life in the Minahasa

During my times as Asian Secretary of the Ecumenical Center I visited our partners in the Christian Evangelical Church in the Minahasa (Gereja Masehi Injili de Minahasa)  several times. Now after some years I‘m back for the first time. Again deeply touched by the great hospitality of the Minahasan people especially of our Christian brothers and sisters and enjoying the smell of Kretek in the air. „Church Life in the Minahasa“ weiterlesen

Schrei nach Frieden | Cry for Peace

21 Tage nach dem Einmarsch russischer Truppen in die Ukraine –  fürchterliche Bilder der Zerstörung und des Todes – Menschen auf der Flucht – nur kleine Hoffnungszeichen für Frieden. Große Hilfsbereitschaft in den Nachbarländern und auch bei uns im Rhein-Main-Gebiet. Gestern haben wir gemeinsam mit Menschen aus Partnerkirchen ein Internationales Friedensgebet gefeiert.

21 days after Russian troops invaded Ukraine – terrible images of destruction and death – people fleeing – only small signs of hope for peace. Great willingness to help in neighbouring countries and also here in the Rhine-Main area. Yesterday we celebrated an International Prayer for Peace together with people from partner churches. „Schrei nach Frieden | Cry for Peace“ weiterlesen

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!