A unique ecumenical success story. Annual meeting of the Meissen Commission, with Regional Bishop Susanne Breit-Keßler (7th from left), Bishop Nick Baines (8th from left), Minister Dr. Beate Merk (middle), Bishop Ralf Meister (7th from right)  EKD Synod President Dr. Irmgard Schwaetzer (6t

On 29 January 1991, representatives of the Church of England, the EKD and the Federation of Evangelical Churches in the German Democratic Republic signed the Meissen Declaration on the altar of Westminster Abbey. That led to the forming of many different partnerships between parishes, church districts, German regional churches and British dioceses.


Reformation in the world: Windhoek, Namibia. The Evangelical Lutheran Hosianna church in Windhoek, Namibia (Photo: Juliane Ziegler)

The Reformation anniversary in 2017 will not only be marked in Europe. There are Lutheran and Reformed Christians all over the world. A series on evangelisch.de focuses on the concerns of Protestant brothers and sisters in other countries, how they live their faith and what they are planning for 2017.


Tracing our ancestors on the internet. Parish register with the baptismal entry of Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685 (Photo: epd-Bild/Sascha Willms)

They are one of the most important sources for genealogical research in Germany. Since the 16th century, parish registers have contained careful notes on personal names and dates. A church project presents these books online.

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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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