"Do to others as you would have them do to you". Members of EKD-Council

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 . Refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/WCC

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 new church centre of the German-speaking Protestant congregation in Guatemala. (photo: Friederike Deeg)

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.

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Reformation anniversary

The Reformation of Martin Luther and other prominent theologians of the early 16th century have not only brought up the evangelical churches but also a new era of history. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 will be a prominent event to deepen the awareness of the importance of this historical change.

Reformation anniversary: Luther 2017


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