30th June 2014

Nikolaus Schneider announces his withdrawal from office as EKD Council chair. 20140630_schneider120

Nikolaus Schneider will lay down his office as chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) as of 10 November 2014 and leave the EKD Council. He justified his step to the EKD Council as follows: "Accompanying my wife, who has cancer, makes this step imperative. I want to devote all my time to our journey together. This wish cannot be combined with my continuing to hold this office."


24th June 2014

Churches for minute's silence to commemorate World War. 20140624_ww120

Europe's Protestants propose observing a minute's silence to remember the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago. A central commemorative service is planned for 3 August in Alsace.


5 June 2014

The Three-Religion Center. 20140605_house120

The pastor calls it "an unprecedented venture", the Rabbi speaks of a "spiritual statement" and the Imam looks forward to getting to know the others. In Berlin Christians, Jews and Muslims want to build a religious center together, to be financed by donations.


Solidarity with Dutch churches over Malaysia Airlines disaster. WCC expresses sorrow at loss of life in Malaysia Airlines disaster over Ukraine. "Christians in Iraq are in great danger" . Protestant church underlines priority of civil conflict resolution. Church calls for new peace troops the size of the German armed forces. Lutheran World Federation: Reformation anniversary is to be open to all people.

Press Releases

Church of England backs women bishops.

EKD Synod president Irmgard Schwaetzer welcomes decision of General Synod

17 July 2014

"Looking away is not an option".

On World Refugee Day Protestant and Catholic churches in Germany appeal for assistance to Syrian refugees

19th June 2014

Promoting peaceful living together .

Encounter between EKD and KRM delegations in Cologne

16th June 2014

"The constant theme of peace has certainly not had its day".

EKD Council Chair at 10th meeting of high-level religious leaders in Brussels

10th June 2014

"We are on the right track ecumenically".

First official visit by Cardinal Marx to Rev. Nikolaus Schneider, Chair of EKD Council

29 March 2014

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Reformation anniversary

The Reformation of Martin Luther and other prominent theologians of the early 16th century have not only brought up the evangelical churches but also a new era of history. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 will be a prominent event to deepen the awareness of the importance of this historical change.

Reformation anniversary: Luther 2017


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