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Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD)

Twenty Lutheran, Reformed and United regional churches (Landeskirchen) form the Evangelical Church in Germany (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland - EKD). German Protestant church structures are based on federal principles at all levels. Each local congregation is responsible for Christian life in its own area, while each regional church has its own special characteristics and retains its independence. Without in any way diminishing this autonomy, the EKD carries out joint tasks with which its members have entrusted it. The EKD has the following governing bodies, all organized and elected on democratic lines: the Synod, the Council, and the Church Conference. They are responsible for fulfilling the EKD's tasks as laid down in the constitution of the EKD.

  • Statistics and data
    Facts and Figures

    These facts and figures reflect the diversity of church life and action in the 20 regional churches in Germany that together form the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).

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  • In the autumn of 2015, the Synod of the EKD discussed Martin Luther's relations with the Jews. It distanced itself from Luther's vilifications of Jewish people and stated that his views concerning Judaism were not compatible with today's understanding of God's faithfulness to his people as presented in the Bible.

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  • Statement by the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany
    On the situation of Europe

    The free, social, economic and moral achievements of Europe as a peace project are under threat from populists and extremists, and also from dwindling support in the member states. In this situation, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) speaks out for a stronger, more outward-looking Europe, capable of showing solidarity.

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The Evangelical Curch in Germany

A Communion of 20 Lutheran, Reformed, and United Protestant Churches