One cannot decide to have faith. The Bible says that the ability to believe is inspired by the Holy Spirit. But the Spirit is happy to be helped. For example, one can attend a church service and say the creed together with the other worshippers, or read the Bible, the book of having faith in God.
For the most part, the religious life of Christians in Germany happens in their local parishes. However, the Evangelical Church in Germany is even more than this, because on account of our faith we also assume responsibility for society. This commitment is reflected by the activities of institutions and facilities in the regional churches and the EKD.
The network connecting the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) with other churches worldwide runs around the whole globe. The EKD cooperates in the World Council of Churches with almost 350 Christian churches. It is a member of numerous ecumenical committees and maintains special relations with churches in Europe and individual countries.
During the first plenary of the Synod of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD – Protestant Church in Germany) today (Sunday 12 November) Praeses Annette Kurschus commented on the current crises in Germany and worldwide, and at the same time spotlighted the power of trust in God.</span>
Yesterday (29 November 2022) the churches‘ Joint Statement on Migration (“Shaping migration in a humane manner”) was presented on the invitation of the Brussels Office of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD - Protestant Church in Germany), the Migration Commission of the German Bishops’ Conference and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME). </span>
The 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) ended today with a joint closing service. From 31 August to 8 September 2022, the assembly brought together around 2000 international participants from 352 WCC member churches in Karlsruhe.</span>
Today Praeses Annette Kurschus, chair of the Council of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD – Protestant Church in Germany), travels to Rome. Besides ecumenical conversations and encounters, the visit will focus on the work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy (ELCI).</span>
“The financial scandals of recent times - In particular, the Cum Ex or Wirecard scandals – reveal that there are deficiencies of accountability in the financial economy and its supervision by policy-makers and the rule of law,” writes Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD - Protestant Church in Germany), in his foreword to the EKD Text “Towards a Sustainable and Just Financial system” published last year in German. </span>