In the year of the Reformation anniversary, three big national exhibitions and many other presentations will take up the theme of Martin Luther's effect on history and culture in Germany and elsewhere, and the traces he left in art and music.
"The light shines in the darkness".
We are all shaken by the attack in Berlin, which took so many innocent lives. Our thoughts now go out to the relatives of the victims and to those in hospital. We can only try to imagine their sense of horror and despair.
HIV testing, detecting, treating .
On World AIDS Day, 1 December, the World Council of Churches launched a new campaign to detect HIV. Religious leaders were to be tested for HIV and to set the example, Francesca Merico, told epd (Protestant press service) in Geneva. An Italian lawyer, she coordinates the WCC campaign against AIDS.
New Year message from the EKD Council Chair"European identity lives from diversity and freedom".
Bedford-Strohm at the meeting of European religious leaders in BrusselsA signal against social division.
EKD Synod ends session in MagdeburgTolerating diversity, taking a strong line on rightwing extremism.
Magdeburg: Heinrich Bedford-Strohm reports to EKD Synod. Prospects for 2017: "Political consequences of Christian freedom will be clearly audible."