Reinhardt Schink of the Evangelical Alliance says “forms of church can be adapted” but warns against decisions that strengthen individualism and “weaken the community of believers”.
The Rheinland Protestant Church, with 2.2 million members, opts for “less rules and more freedom”. Baptisms and weddings can now be organised outside official buildings.
‘Die Post’, the Postal service, issues its annual Christmas stamp with a Bible verse from Luke 2.
Annette Kurschus, head of the EKD, says recent reports of her knowing about alleged sexual abuses years ago were unfounded.
The effects of the restrictions are analysed by churches in Germany, Slovakia, UK and Portugal.
Around 300 people joined an experimental 45-minute programme of the German Evangelical Church. 98% was created and performed by machines.
The mainline EKD loses 2.9% of its membership in only one year. For the first time, the figure exceeds the number of deaths of members.
Germany, Switzerland, and Austria will host the musical. The project with a large choir promoted by “Creative Church” wants to show what was behind Luther King’s famous “I have a dream”.
Christians agree that “suicide should not be seen as a normal form of dying in society”. A new law is expected before the end of 2022.
For the first time, less than half of Germans belong to one of the two mainstream churches.
Statistics show that membership dropped around 2.5% in one year. The EKD says a lack of religious socialisation and “personal irrelevance” are some of the reasons.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier was re-elected with a large majority. He is a member of the Evangelical Reformed Church and very outspoken about his faith.
The Bible Museum of Frankfurt encourages visitors to discover “the many sides of G*d” in an exhibition that mixes archaeology and LGBT activism.
The President of Westphalia Church is the second woman to chair the EKD in its history. The 14 members of the EKD Council for the next 6 years were also elected.
In France, the CNEF has appointed a new President to start in June 2022, while in Germany the EKD will have elections in November to choose a new Council President and governing body.
Volunteers of the social branch of the EKD take care of around 160 homeless every night, bringing them the hope of the gospel, food and clothing.
Over 200 people has died in the floods that specially hit Germany and Belgium. Protestant leaders call to pray and expressed gratitude for those who are helping.
With the appointment of Anne-Nicole Heinrich, the institution aims to send a message of “missionality and inclusion”.
A survey finds that 64% of young people in Germany believe in God and 84% have prayed at least once.
Olaf Latzel used insulting language to speak about LGBT activists in a small group seminar that was later posted on Youtube.
German author Michael Sommer launches "The Bible to go", a YouTube series to “re-enact the Bible with Playmobil characters”, with the support and theological advice of the EKD.
The German Evangelical Alliance joins the Protestant Church and others in an appeal to the German government. More refugee families should be welcomed and more “neutral spaces of discussion” provided.
Schools of the Berlin Protestant Church target their 10,000 pupils with a “diversity” campaign. “A literal interpretation of the Bible does not correspond to modern faith”, they say.
A survey shows that 57% of evangelicals often do notfreely express their opinions.
The Baptist Union reported slight losses and the Pentecostal Union experienced a strong growth. In 2019, the Catholic and the Protestant Churches lost over 270,000 members each.