Concluding its meeting today in Breklem, Schleswig Holstein, the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) today set out the priorities of its work for the 2016. A key issue will be handling the challenges arising from the high number of refugees in Europe.
WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe .
Some 80 leaders of governments, UN agencies, faith-related as well as non-religious civil society organizations from countries affected by the current refugee crisis in Europe, Middle East, and Africa will meet at a conference hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
From a private home to a church.
The name "Evangelical Lutheran Epiphany Church" gleams in the sun. The letters are affixed to the front of the new church centre of the German-speaking congregation in Guatemala. So many people turned up for its consecration on 10 January, the 1st Sunday after Epiphany, that the courtyard was packed. Snatches of music wafted out of the building where different choirs and music groups were warming up.
New EKD Council takes position on refugee situationHumanity and human solidarity come to the fore.
EKD Council chair Heinrich Bedford-Strohm at New YearProtestant and Catholic churches shaken at terror in Paris.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm on the attacks and hostage-taking in ParisNew Council inducted.
Festive service to conclude EKD SynodEKD: Bedford-Strohm re-elected.
Term of office until 2021. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm remains chair of EKD Council