German Evangelical Church Congress
The German Evangelical Church Congress (DEKT) is a movement of Protestant lay people that holds the eponymous multi-day major event every two years.
The German Evangelical Church Congress sees itself as a free movement of people who bring together the Christian faith and commitment to the future of the Church and the world. It is institutionally independent of the Protestant churches.
In addition to Christianity, topics are many political and social issues of our time, such as B. the dialogue between Jews and Christians since 1961 in Berlin or the Evangelical-Catholic conversation in Cologne in 1965. The peace movement of the 1980s was strongly influenced by the Kirchentag. The first major peace demonstrations took place on the occasion of the German Evangelical Church Congress in June 1981 in Hamburg and 1983 in Hanover (motto: "Return to life").
The smaller (and older) Roman Catholic counterpart to the Kirchentag is the Katholikentag . The first ecumenical church convention took place in Berlin in 2003 . The host city of the second Ecumenical Church Congress in May 2010 was the city of Munich . The ecumenical church days are organized together with the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZDK).
From the beginnings of the Evangelical Kirchentag, a scheme has developed over the years that serves as a framework for the Kirchentag. Church days usually take place on the days around Ascension Day or Corpus Christi (=> bridging day ); they usually start on the Wednesday before the relevant public holiday and last until Sunday. The framework program of a church convention usually follows a grid that is adapted to local conditions. These include in detail:
The Kirchentag begins with several opening services on Wednesday evening. In the past, these were up to 70 services in the region, which the Kirchentag calls the quarter area, as this is the region where the permanent participants have their overnight accommodation. Since the Kirchentag 2005 there have been few church services in central locations of the city, e.g. B. large spaces to keep the journey to the following evening of the meeting short.
Evening of encounter
Church groups, initiatives and works from the host regional church organize the central opening event, the street festival Evening of Encounter , following the opening services in the city center of the venue. The different regions of the regional church present themselves with diverse (regional) culinary delicacies; In addition, a broad stage program is offered. Laypeople and professionals take turns entertaining the guests on numerous stages across the city center. The evening of the encounter is one of the largest street festivals in Germany with around 300,000 visitors in recent years .
The evening of the encounter is traditionally alcohol-free, thrives on the encounter element “hands-on activities” and increasingly has an “eco- fair ” focus (produced according to the criteria of organic farming and fair trade ); Food and drinks preferably come from the region and are sold with environmentally friendly reusable tableware. Its spiritual conclusion with an evening blessing, a sea of lights and an experimental sound installation is also typical . B. composed well-known artists like Markus Stockhausen or Sven Helbig .
Schedule from Thursday to Saturday
The three full days of the Kirchentag run roughly according to the same scheme, apart from the after-work meal on Friday evening. The main points are:
The day of the event begins every morning with Bible studies . These take place in different settings (from an exhibition hall with several thousand visitors to small groups of ten people). They are led by lay people, such as artists or politicians, or by theologians. Some Bible studies by personalities from abroad are also held in English. All Bible studies of the day are based on the same Bible text.
Market of Opportunities
At the “Market of Opportunities”, which is open until the early evening, many (also non-church) initiatives are presented in the exhibition halls of the host city. There will be stands on topics such as fair trade , climate protection or homosexuality in the church, but also orthodoxy in Egypt, Braille or special projects by individual parishes. The thematic arrangement of the stands means that z. B. the military chaplaincy is only a few steps away from Christian peace groups.
Lectures and discussion events
In the morning and afternoon, the thematic priorities of the Kirchentag will be deepened through lectures and panel discussions. Numerous celebrities from politics, church and society also take part, including members of the federal government as well as well-known actors, musicians and television presenters. The number of listeners varies from several dozen to more than 10,000, depending on the topic and the cast of the podium.
In the evenings there are more cultural or religious events for different target groups. For example, there are concerts by well-known pop musicians; at the Kirchentag in Dresden, among others, Nina Hagen , the Wise Guys , Laith Al-Deen and Andreas Bourani performed . However, there are also concerts by musicians who are more likely to be assigned to the Christian music scene, such as Gerhard Schöne , Clemens Bittlinger or Judy Bailey , as well as performances and premieres of old and new church music, musicals and theater pieces or thematic evenings with musical, acting and worship services Elements. An opera was commissioned for the first time for the Kirchentag in Hamburg .
Good night cafes
In some meetinghouses, youth centers and group quarters, you can end the day in a bedtime café. People meet there for drinks and snacks.
On Friday evening, parishes from the host city invite you to differently designed church services in their rooms. These are usually followed by a cozy get-together, which tries to bring the parishes of the city and the guests of the Kirchentag into conversation. At the same time various events of the Kirchentag take place; only a small part of the church convention attendees take advantage of the parishes' offers.
The Kirchentag ends on Sunday with a central final meeting with a closing service, in which the Lord's Supper has also been celebrated since 1983 . Today it usually takes place on a large square with over 100,000 participants.
The thematic focal points are reconsidered for each Kirchentag. The formulations are kept quite general, because they are intended to encompass and structure the entire range of current church discussion topics. Often they are very similar: questions of faith, individual lifestyle, ethics and social politics should find their place. Working methods are mainly lectures and panel discussions.
A cultural program is always part of the Kirchentag. These include numerous performances by theater and cabaret groups and concerts of all kinds of music. In recent years, visual artists have also increasingly been asked to collaborate.
At the 2019 Kirchentag in Dortmund, the topic of sports was expanded into a large sports center with the help of Eichenkreuz-Sports and the YMCA. In addition to lectures and discussions on Christian values in sport, visitors were able to take part in a wide range of sporting activities.
From the early morning hours until around midnight, church services are celebrated again and again, and prayer hours and meditations are offered at various locations. There is also the possibility of pastoral care throughout the day.
During the Kirchentag, resolutions can be passed and adopted as resolutions by the visitors involved in their formation by passing resolutions or signing them. For resolutions to come about, there are certain minimum requirements, and if these are met, the resolution will be made available to the media by the Kirchentag and sent to the addressees named in the resolution.
The legal entity of the German Evangelical Church Congress is the “Association for the Promotion of the German Evangelical Church Congress e. V. “based in Fulda . The choice fell on Fulda because the Presidium was looking for a place that "was able to guarantee the independence and autonomy of the Kirchentag and was in the middle of the remaining Germany - east and west together". The Kirchentag maintains a central office there as a permanent institution. Julia Helmke has been the General Secretary of the Kirchentag since 2017 .
At the head of the association is the president for a term of two years. The leadership of the Kirchentag is incumbent on the Presidium, the Executive Committee of the Presidium, the Presidential Assembly, the Conference of the State Committees and the College. There are no institutional representatives in any of the bodies of the Kirchentag. There are only personal members. A large number of the members of the Presidium are appointed by it. This means that the board of the Kirchentag actually elects itself. Participation in the composition of the governing bodies by the visitors, the volunteers or, for example, parishes or individuals interested in the Kirchentag is not possible or only possible for a small number of the members of the Presidential Assembly.
In order to organize the respective church convention, the name “XX. German Evangelical Church Congress V. ”founded its own sponsoring association, which then sets up an office in the city where the church convention is held.
The host regional church establishes the position of a representative who takes over the coordination between the church convention and the inviting regional church and its institutions and communities. In addition, employees of the regional church and the respective city administration work in the Kirchentags office and take care of regionally important projects there. In some actions, the legal entity is the regional church directly. Entry is free there. So in 2019 at the Zentrum Sport in Dortmund on the parking lot of the Westfalenhalle.
Many of the organization's tasks are carried out by volunteers, including many Christian and non-denominational scouts . In total there are around 4,000 helpers at a church convention. About 10 percent of the helpers, also known as “hard core (HaKa)”, are on site between nine days and three weeks. The “contributors” in the program and in the market of opportunities do not receive any money for their appearances and stands, but rather discounted tickets. An exception are “draft horses” invited by the Kirchentag (e.g. well-known pop groups).
Medical service protection
Medical care during a church convention is traditionally secured by the Johanniter . Medical service, mobility service for people with disabilities and also child care are some of the tasks that are carried out by volunteers from all over Germany.
Kirchentag and environmental protection
The Kirchentag attaches great importance to the environmentally friendly implementation of the event. He creates an ecological balance . For the journey, great importance is attached to the use of the railroad or the formation of car-sharing opportunities. The participating groups, for example in the market of possibilities, are guided by a market organization to promote environmentally friendly behavior such as B. Committed to reducing waste and saving energy. The amount of energy consumed by the Kirchentag is offset by investments in environmentally friendly energy generation. Since 2007, the Kirchentag has been the first major German series event to be certified according to the Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Since 2013, more attention has been paid to the effects on the climate in the catering sector. As part of the “KleVer - Climate Efficient Catering” project, the Kirchentag is working on a concept for climate-friendly and sustainable catering for all parties involved.
Sponsorship and funding
In 2007 the Kirchentag in Cologne cost around 14 million euros. Around 5 million euros came from the public sector (City of Cologne, State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Federal Republic of Germany). The then host Evangelical Church in the Rhineland also provided a good 5 million euros . Sponsors and tickets are further pillars of funding.
For the 2011 Kirchentag in Dresden, the Free State of Saxony pledged 5.5 million euros and the state capital Dresden 2.0 million euros.
The Kirchentag is sponsored by various companies and organizations. In 2007 these included Volkswagen AG, the Axel Springer Foundation, Deichmann, E-Plus Mobilfunk and Bread for the World .
The 2017 Kirchentag was budgeted for 23 million euros, half of which was financed from public grants. The rest came from sponsors (including Volkswagen and Bosch) and entrance fees. The share of the Protestant churches was three million euros.
In 2017, the selection of sponsors was discussed controversially within the regional churches, the Kirchentag leadership and also in the media. In particular, the cooperation with Volkswagen and Bosch was occasionally criticized as " indulgence trade ", while a spokeswoman for Volkswagen described this as "dealing with the diesel crisis".
In the history of the German church there were associations and meetings under the name Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag even before 1949 ; they have no direct connection with today's DEKT. For this see German Evangelical Church Congress (explanation of terms) .
In 1848 a meeting of "Protestant men" took place in Wittenberg, which was called the Church Congress. Up to 1872, 15 such church days were held (" German Evangelical Church Day ").
After the First World War a second Kirchentag movement emerged. A Kirchentag took place in Dresden in 1919, at which the individual regional churches in particular came together with the aim of founding a church federation , a forerunner of today's EKD.
The now known DEKT was founded in 1949 after the time of National Socialism and the Second World War , mainly by Reinold von Thadden-Trieglaff and friends and had its roots in a mixture of pietism and the connection to global ecumenism . It had been preceded by smaller regional church conventions as early as 1932. First there was a Pomeranian church convention in Stettin in 1932, which von Thadden helped to organize, and at which 20,000 people came together. In the following years these church days were mainly used by the Confessing Church to equip the community. In 1935 the first " Evangelical Week " took place in Hanover , organized by churches that saw themselves in opposition to the church that had been brought into line. After the Second World War, the first "Evangelical Weeks" took place in Flensburg in 1947 and in Frankfurt am Main in 1948.
In 1949, at the invitation of Regional Bishop Hanns Lilje, another “Evangelical Week” took place in Hanover, this time across Germany, which is now regarded as the first church convention. The President of the EKD Synod and later Federal President Gustav Heinemann read here the founding declaration of a German Evangelical Church Congress to be held regularly from now on, the
“Should serve to equip the Protestant laity for their service in the world and in the Christian community and promote fellowship and exchange with the laity of the churches united in the World Council of Churches. Initially, these meetings took place annually until a biennial rhythm was introduced in the mid-1950s. "
The 1951 Kirchentag in Berlin as a whole was of great importance and was also supported by the East Berlin authorities. For example, the FDJ camp ("butterfly nest") was made available to accommodate the young guests of the church. The 1953 Kirchentag in Hamburg took place shortly after the change of course and the popular uprising in the GDR. Special trains were used to Hamburg from the major cities of the GDR.
The participants originally came from both parts of Germany: The Kirchentag was still held in Leipzig in 1954, and 19,700 of the 42,900 permanent participants came from the GDR to the Kirchentag, which was held in West Berlin in 1961, shortly before the Wall was built. After the Wall was built in 1961, holding a joint German church convention became increasingly difficult. Therefore, separate church days were held in the GDR .
At the end of the 1960s, the Kirchentag required a fundamental revision. The church days of the 1950s and 1960s primarily served to reaffirm the specifically Protestant faith in an increasingly secular Germany. Topics such as ecumenism or peace policy only appeared marginally, as did new spiritual impulses. Nevertheless, even in its form at that time, the Kirchentag was already too liberal for the conservative wing of Protestantism. These founded an alternative event with the community day under the word .
The 1969 Kirchentag in Stuttgart was shaped on the one hand by this contrast and on the other hand by the influence of the Protestant student congregations, which addressed the then current issues of APO and the Vietnam War . There was no Kirchentag in 1971 as a pause for reflection. Instead, there was an ecumenical Pentecost meeting and various regional church days.
The 1973 Kirchentag in Düsseldorf was the Kirchentag with the lowest number of permanent participants to date, but this was the first time that a Kirchentag took place here with the framework that is still used today. New, for example, was the celebration of a “liturgical night”, which had a major impact on the youth services of the following decade.
Heinz Rudolf Kunze composed an official Kirchentag pop song for the first time for the Kirchentag in Hanover in 2005. Since then, the Wise Guys (2007 in Cologne and 2009 in Bremen) and the cabaret artist Bodo Wartke (2011 in Dresden) have composed password songs on behalf of the Kirchentag. In 2013 in Hamburg, composer Dieter Falk and singer Mic Donet were responsible for the Kirchentag song.
In order to advance the ecumenical movement, the Central Committee of German Catholics and the German Evangelical Church Congress launched the Ecumenical Church Congress . The first Ecumenical Church Congress took place in 2003 in Berlin, the second Ecumenical Church Congress took place from May 12 to 16, 2010 in Munich .
Planned church days
- Instead of an Evangelical Church Congress, the third Ecumenical Church Congress is to take place in Frankfurt am Main from May 12 to May 16, 2021 .
- The Kirchentag 2023 is to take place in Nuremberg from June 7th to 11th, 2023 at the invitation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and the city's council of elders .
- Baden and Hanover are under discussion for the Kirchentag 2025, and in the event of an event in Hanover, the state government of Lower Saxony decided on a financial contribution.
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost (1956) : German Evangelical Church Congress 1956 in Frankfurt am Main
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost (1956) : German Evangelical Church Congress 1956
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost (1959) : German Evangelical Church Congress 1959 in Munich
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost (1963) : German Evangelical Church Congress 1963 in Dortmund
Postage stamp from the Deutsche Bundespost (1965) : German Evangelical Church Congress 1965 in Cologne
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost (1967) : German Evangelical Church Congress 1967 in Hanover
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost (1969) : German Protestant Church Congress 1969 in Stuttgart
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost (1973) : German Evangelical Church Congress 1973 in Düsseldorf
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost Berlin (1977) : German Evangelical Church Congress 1977 in Berlin (West)
Postage stamp of the Deutsche Bundespost (1981) : Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag 1981 in Hamburg
- List of the German Evangelical Church Days and the people involved with the respective motto
- Catholic Day
- Working group Jews and Christians at the German Evangelical Church Congress
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- Harald Schroeter-Wittke: Transmission and Eventual Church. Observations on Church, Catholic and World Youth Days between religion and society. In: Zeitschrift für Theologie und Gemeinde, 17 (2012), pp. 84-103.
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