Thousands of people are suffering increasing hardship in the Polish Belarus border area, and the political tension is mounting. For that reason, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the “Christian Vision” working group of the Coordination Council for Belarus are together calling on political leaders to enable immediate access to humanitarian aid, to comply with applicable law and not to use people as a plaything of politics.
At its session in Bremen this morning, the EKD Synod and Church Conference elected Annette Kurschus, Church President of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia, as chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) by a majority of 126 out of 140 votes cast. </span>
The Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) is taking place on-line, due to the pandemic. In his last report to it on Sunday 7 November, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm urged his hearers to maintain a Christian perspective of hope for the world.</span>
In an address on the topic “Widening the horizon, rediscovering the others” Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), has underlined the importance of church congregations for social cohesion. Speaking at the meeting “Peoples as Brothers and Sisters - the Future of the Earth” being organized on 6 and 7 October by the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome.</span>
In Germany the governing coalition has agreed on the text of a draft supply chain law. The planned legislation aims to commit big German companies to ensure that their foreign suppliers also respect human rights and environmental protection. Precisely this responsibility is the topic of EKD-Text 135, which has just appeared in English translation.