Delegates Learn about Mission in Germany
The German National Committee of the LWF and its member churches is inviting all delegates and official guests of the July 2010 Eleventh Assembly in Stuttgart to a pre-Assembly visit, beginning in Wittenberg.
Prelude in Wittenberg
The delegates will rediscover the historical roots of the Lutheran Reformation, and also learn about the challenges facing the church in a secular world and about plans for the 2017 Reformation Jubilee. The sites to be visited include the Luther House, the Castle Church with the door on which the 95 Theses were nailed and the City Church (Stadtkirche).
Guests will have the opportunity to discuss the church’s situation in a context in which around 80 percent of the population no longer belongs to any faith community. That the remnant minority can nonetheless influence society is demonstrated by the church’s decisive role in the 1989 “peaceful revolution.”
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a “Luther Garden” has been created in Wittenberg in which 500 trees will be planted. Churches from around the world are invited to sponsor a tree and at the same time plant one in their respective home congregations. In this way, a worldwide network of fellowship will be created by 2017.
Program in Member Churches
After a stay of one to two days in Wittenberg, the delegates and official guests will have the opportunity to take part in one of the twelve visitation programs organized by the German member churches.
The choice is diverse both in terms of geographical region, content and theme, but also in duration (1-4 days). The visits’ main focus will be to meet fellow Christians in Germany and become familiar with the congregations’ daily life and faith, and the social environment of the host country.
The area covered by the program stretches from Lübeck and Hamburg in the north, to various deaneries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria in the south. The main sectors to be explored range from diaconal facilities to spiritual and ecumenical centers to activities related to immigration, poverty and unemployment.
The program includes a palette of visits sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg within its territory and to Alsace.
The churches in Germany are anxiously looking forward to meeting their guests from the worldwide LWF communion.