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Ecumenical Relations and Ministries Abroad

The EKD's Department for Ecumenical Relations and Ministries Abroad, headed by Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber, is responsible for the coordination of the EKD's international relations and German language ministries abroad.

You will find more than 140 German-speaking Protestant congregations abroad associated with the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). The Department for Ecumenical Relations and Ministries Abroad selects and accompanies pastors who are sent to foreign countries to serve German-speaking communities and a number of partner churches in Europe as well as overseas. These German-speaking congregations reach out to German expatriates, tourists and residents abroad. German-speaking congregations work closely with churches in their host countries. You are invited to join them in worship and to experience how Germans express their Christian faith in prayer, music and preaching.

The Department for Ecumenical Relations and Ministries Abroad does not grant financial support to development or mission projects abroad. Please direct applications for funding or humanitarian assistance to the relevant church agencies and services in charge of development aid.

The Department for Ecumenical Relations and Ministries Abroad maintains and fosters church-to-church relations with many churches throughout the world, building bridges between people and continents. As a part of the ecumenical movement the EKD is committed to the goal of Christian unity in the spirit of Jesus Christ.

  • The EKD is fully committed to the ecumenical movement whose goal is Christian unity. Through its Department for Ecumenical Relations and Ministries Abroad, the EKD co-ordinates the participation of its member churches in the ecumenical movement.

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  • The EKD is signatory to the Leuenberg Agreement of 1973, by which a relationship of full communion was established between most of the Protestant churches of Europe, as well as to a large number of other agreements with churches all over the world.

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  • Besides its active participation in the framework of the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, the Church Office of the EKD is in contact with many churches around the world.

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  • Declaration
    Meissen Declaration

    In the Meissen Declaration, the EKD and the Church of England agreed to recognize each other as churches and committed to strive together for full, visible unity.

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  • The Evangelical Middle East Commission (EMOK) unites churches, relief organizations and church related institutions involved in the Middle East.

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  • On April 29th, 2007, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the German Bishops' Conference, Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches and Free Churches signed a formal agreement on mutual recognition of baptism.

     

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  • Declaration
    ELCA

    The Agreement between the EKD and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) establishes a relationship of pulpit and altar fellowship, which includes the mutual recognition of ordination.
     

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