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"The organ is an export hit". The Arp-Schnitger organ in the Protestant Church of St. Pancratius in Hamburg-Neuenfelde numbers among the most valuable baroque instruments in Germany. (Photo: epd-Bild/Stephan Wallocha)

The organ has a long tradition in Germany, linked with names like Bach, Silbermann or Schnitger. Today the German organ-building companies export their instruments - each of them unique - all over the world. Organ music and organ-building are all set to remain an integral part of living culture, thanks to UNESCO recognition.

 

How do you finance a religious home?. Part of the Lutheran congregation of Noisy-le-Grand with the new pastor (3rd from the left), who is starting his ministry in June. (Photo: Holger Wetjen)

Too few people, too little money - most of the Protestant congregations in France are struggling with these problems. They are clearly in a minority and have to finance themselves. Yet the Lutheran congregations around Paris do not give up.

 

"We need a Marshall plan for refugees". Praeses Manfred Rekowski (from right), church president Volker Jung, Martin Engels (Reformed Alliance), Doris Peschke (Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe) and Rev. Andreas Lipsch (EKHN) in Idomeni. (Photo: EKIR/Marcel Kuß)

Manfred Rekowski, praeses of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, and Volker Jung, president of the Evangelical Church of Hesse-Nassu, have visited the refugee camp in Idomeni on the Greek border to Macedonia. Rekowski reports here on the disastrous situation of the people. "The declining number of refugees in Germany must not lead us to think that the topic has been dealt with."

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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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