"We should not use the word 'war' in the present situation". Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany

The attacks in Paris must not be instrumentalised to change refugee policy, according to the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). "Paris does not change everything," said the EKD Council chair in a radio interview.


75 years after the devastating "blitz". The former interior of Coventry Cathedral, Britain. Photo: epd-Bild/akg-images

In the night from 15 to 15 November 1940, German bombs destroyed large parts of Coventry - including the cathedral dating from the 14th century. The ruins still stand and have become a symbol of reconciliation. Practical peace-building is firmly rooted in the church life of the city.


Reformation: a celebration in Strasbourg. Strasbourg Cathedral was Protestant for 150 years. (Photo: epd-Bild/Winfried Rothermel)

Protestants celebrate Reformation Day with services and many other events. A new theme year in the Luther Decade, "Reformation and One World", was opened today, focusing on the global dimension of the Reformation. Margot Käßmann, EKD special envoy for the Reformation anniversary, preached the sermon.


The EKD Synod distances itself from Luther's anti-Jewish stance. Di Fabio warns of simple explanations in refugee crisis . Closing borders is not the political answer, says EKD Synod President. Käßmann to open Reformation anniversary events in 2016 in Luxemburg . Bedford-Strohm: warding refugees off is not Christian. Valuable prints of oldest Bible translations: opening of exhibition in Bibelhaus Museum .

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Protestant and Catholic churches shaken at terror in Paris.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm on the attacks and hostage-taking in Paris

New Council inducted.

Festive service to conclude EKD Synod

EKD: Bedford-Strohm re-elected.

Term of office until 2021. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm remains chair of EKD Council

Annette Kurschus becomes deputy chair of EKD Council.

Westphalian church president elected as deputy for Heinrich Bedford-Strohm

Last theme year of the Luther Decade.

EKD opens Decade year "Reformation and One World" Luther Medal goes to former German president Horst Köhler and his wife Eva Luise-Köhler

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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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