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Young Christians Offensive
legal form registered association
founding May 15, 1965 in Bensheim
founder Irmela and Horst-Klaus Hofmann
Seat Reichelsheim (Odenwald)
motto Live, think, act ...
purpose Christian youth work , ecumenism , practical development aid , international understanding , holistic, educational, ecumenical-diaconal education and encounter work
method Living together in a community , sending Christian experts abroad
Action space Germany and worldwide
Chair Konstantin Mascher (Prior)
Volunteers Approx. 30th
Members Approx. 100

The Young Christians Offensive (OJC) e. V. ( English : Reichenberg Fellowship ) is an ecumenical community which, as part of the popular missionary and pastoral professional associations, is a member of the Diakonisches Werk of the EKD . She was named Christians on the Offensive e. V. founded; its seat is in Reichelsheim in the Odenwald . It includes the German Institute for Youth and Society , the Alliance for Marriage and Family and the OJCOS Foundation .



The community originally came into being in the 1968 era, in deliberate contrast to the other “68ers” as a Christian community around the family of Irmela and Horst-Klaus Hofmann in Bensheim . As the chief secretary of the YMCA Mannheim, Hofmann and the YMCA organized Christian youth meetings in the rooms of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary in Darmstadt . “In a mutual dialogue, we took up the young people's personal and political questions and looked for viable answers in the gospel .” From this relationship, they invited the young people, mostly students, to live in their apartment in Bensheim. The impetus to take a step towards common commitment came from contact with the Sisters of Mary. The spiritual roots were "in the environment of the Christian Association of Young People (YMCA), the Oxford group movement and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's vision of living together".

In 2004 the non-profit OJCOS Foundation was established.

For legal reasons, the municipality was originally named Christen in der Offensive e. V. as a registered association , but called itself the Offensive Young Christians from the start, where it was not legally binding . By resolution of the general meeting on September 13, 2005, the name Offensive Young Christians - OJC e. V. registered In 2008 the municipality became a community. The community's first prior was Dominik Klenk ; his successor has been Konstantin Mascher since May 17, 2012.

Alignment, memberships, members

The OJC is a member of the German Evangelical Alliance and in the Diaconal Work of the EKD as one of the “people's missionary and pastoral professional associations” affiliated there . Further formal memberships exist, among other things, to the ecumenical YMCA Westbund (through the Reichelsheim European Youth Center) and to the Ring of Missionary Youth Movements . Since September 10, 1999, the OJC sees itself as an ecumenical community and has anchored this as a mandate in its statutes. It shares ecumenicity as a "characteristic of communitarian spirituality" with other communities. Depending on the variety of its shades, the OJC can be described in public as “evangelical”, “ecumenical”, in older publications as “ evangelical ” or occasionally as “ pietistic ”.

The community consists of about 100 members who belong to different denominations, as well as an annual team ( FSJler ) and a number of accompanying guests. Special members were the Dutch theologian Bas Leenman and his wife Theuna, who lived in the OJC from 1992 to 1997.

Fields of activity

The OJC describes its communitarian path as the mission "to give people in Christ a home, friendship and direction". In addition to a lively journalistic activity, she is involved in practical development aid and international understanding, especially with Israel ( Disraelis project by Ilan Brunner). The OJC belongs to the Reichelsheim action group Stolpersteine , which is committed to having stumbling blocks laid by the artist Gunter Demnig for deported, murdered or suicidal citizens of Reichelsheim who are Jewish .

In the Reichenberg Castle Conference and Meeting Center , the OJC conducts marriage preparation and education seminars, pastoral events as well as theological and educational specialist conferences. In addition, there is the religious educational experience field Ways to Life in the form of an adventure course for school classes, confirmands, youth and community groups and families. In the Reichelsheim European Youth Center (REZ), the OJC offers local and regional youth work as well as international youth encounters, including the program bar Jig, a youth hostel as well as trips, trips and camps. The first branch of the community is located in Greifswald , which arose from the previous relationship to the “House of Silence” in Weitenhagen . Greifswald is the seat of the seminar for biblical pastoral care and the action group biblical pastoral care , where conferences and community services are offered and a library on pastoral care is maintained. Pastoral care courses are also held and lectures are given.

She works in development cooperation in Argentina , Croatia , the Congo and the Russian Federation . Since 1993, the Young Christians Offensive has held international construction camps in Germany, North Macedonia , Croatia and Russia, where young people between 16 and 26 have the opportunity to work together with their peers from different nations, denominations and languages. The work of the OJC in the Philippines was mentioned in 2007 in a response from the federal government to a request about measures by non-governmental organizations in favor of children in the years 2005 to 2007 as one of 121 measures funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) . Out of a total of 15.7 million euros in funding awarded between 2005 and 2007, the OJC received a one-off 108,000 euros.

The Young Christians Offensive is the magazine “Salzkorn. Incitement to a shared Christian life " (friend letter, 6 times a year), " Focus on pastoral care. Contributions to biblical counseling ” (4–6 times a year). Some members (Irmela Hofmann, Dominik Klenk, Horst-Klaus Hofmann and Christl Ruth Vonholdt ) have published books on various topics, including pastoral care and spirituality, marriage, family and society, homosexuality and human rights in South Africa. Ute and Frank Paul have published a book about missionary work in Chaco, northern Argentina.


The OJC is mainly financed by donations. Some projects are supported with federal funds.

OJCOS Foundation

Logo Ojcos Foundation

On July 20, 2004, on the occasion of the 80th birthday and first anniversary of the death of the OJC founder Irmela Hofmann, the non-profit OJCOS Foundation was brought into being. The initial foundation volume was 250,000 euros. In 2004 it was increased to around 500,000 euros through donations . In the year of its founding in 2004, around 53,000 euros from foundation income were made available for foundation purposes.

The purpose of the foundation is to promote holistic Christian human education and spiritual and spiritual orientation, in particular through humanitarian, missionary and diaconal work as well as research and teaching in the areas of education, marriage and family and international understanding. The aim of the OJCOS Foundation is to make the OJC core message tangible for future generations through sustainable project work.

The name of the foundation is based on the Greek word oikos for house or building as well as on the name of the community OJC (Young Christians Offensive).

The foundation board consists of Dominik Klenk, Konstantin Mascher and Joachim Hammer.

Projects currently supported by the foundation are:

  • the alliance for marriage and family with the children are great campaign
  • the House of Hope in Greifswald with the support of the East-West dialogue, the conveyance of basic Christian values ​​and pastoral counseling
  • Education projects for street children in Manila and Saint Petersburg
  • Religious Freedom in Iraq
  • AIDS project in the Congo
  • Creating common sense
  • International encounters
  • Video project Prof. Vishal Mangalwadi

Foundation award

In 2014, on the 10th anniversary of the foundation, the foundation announced the ojcos foundation prize, which honors people, initiatives and projects who have made a name for themselves in the areas of marriage and family, Christian anthropology, intercultural learning, international understanding and development cooperation. The prize is awarded annually in one of the three categories and is endowed with 3,000 euros.

Award winners
  • 2014: Ilan Brunner (Israel), founder of the Disraelis project, for his commitment to reconciliation between Jews and Germans.
  • 2015: Gabriel Stängle , Württemberg educator, for his “courageous commitment to scientifically oriented pedagogy and against ideological theoretical constructs, especially in sex education in schools”.
  • 2016: Gerhard Proß on behalf of the network “Together for Europe”, which advocates a Europe in diversity and fraternity.
  • 2017: Birgit Kelle for her contribution to the promotion of Christian values, marriage and family.

German Institute for Youth and Society

With the German Institute for Youth and Society (DIJG, in translations: German Institute for Youth and Society , GIYS) under the direction of Jeppe Rasmussen , the OJC is pursuing an apologetic task in which it is not about “an unhoused knowledge, but about it Knowledge that serves life ” , go.

With this in mind and under the name of the DIJG, the OJC publishes a selection of research results and essays. Many of these publications appear in separate publications such as Bulletin magazine . The characteristic of the DIJG as a "research facility" is part of the OJC's self-image and presentation.

The Institute regards the promotion of reconciliation between the sexes and generations as its most urgent present task. The subject areas of lifestyle, family, identity, homosexuality and world diaconate are mentioned.


The DIJG was founded in 1969 as the "Institute for Youth and Society, Bensheim". In the 1970s, dealing with so-called sects was one of the main focuses of work. Various publications emerged in this context. This includes the study “Differential Effects of the Practice of Transcendental Meditation - An Empirical Analysis of Pathogenic Structures as Help for Counseling”, which was financed by the Federal Ministry for Youth, Family and Health (SPD).

Together with the Viennese physicist and futurologist Hans Millendorfer, the DIJG founded Studica in 1978. From 1978 to 1983, these were half-yearly meetings of 25 scientists and students. They lived, learned and researched together for a fortnight. Later , research on totalitarianism and German contemporary history was carried out , mainly in collaboration with the Danish Bonhoeffer researcher Joergen Glenthoej .

In the 1980s, the living conditions of people in southern Africa became a focus of work. The institute dealt with violence, structural violence and non-violence from a political, socio-ethical and theological perspective. In connection with this, agricultural projects for black youth and women were supported in cooperation with the OJC .

Since the 1990s, in the face of a Europe that is growing together, there have been several symposia and book publications. Jewish, Christian and Muslim experts came into conversation. Since the first series of conferences on the central theme of reconciliation, there have been regular bilateral reconciliation trips between Germans and Israelis (especially " Disraelis " = disabled Israelis, those wounded by terrorist attacks).

While the subjects of human rights and diaconate have also been part of the institute's fields of work, its activities in recent years have focused primarily on preserving and strengthening the heteronormative concept of the family, which also includes opposing positions to the concept of gender mainstreaming .

Model "traditional family structure"

The DIJG describes a married couple who care for their biological children as a “traditional family structure”. The DIJG sees the family structure defined in this way as by far the best prerequisite for the healthy development of children and cites the sociological meta study by sociologist Barbara Schneider et alii, in which comparisons were made between step-parent households and households with biological parents. In the underlying studies, the importance of the parents' sexual orientation was not analyzed separately. Especially in education, these ideas of marriage and family, which also correspond to the ethical consensus of many churches, should be exclusively presented and experienced positively as a guiding model. Other family forms should not be promoted by the state and society, as the DIJG sees this violating the child's right to his or her origin. The transfer of semen or surrogate motherhood should remain strictly regulated or prohibited. According to Christl Ruth Vonholdt, there are numerous indications in research that “father and mother deprivation” is linked to a significantly higher rate of mental disorders in children and this is proven by studies. The DIJG avoids the use of the term “marriage” outside the heterosexual context.

For these and similar considerations, the DIJG rejects the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships, which it calls further "alignment of the homosexual partnership with the marriage between man and woman" and the "alignment of the 'homosexual family' with the family with father, mother and child" designated. It sees “destructive effects on the identity of the boys and girls of the next generation”. The basis of society can only be seen in heterosexual marriage and family, which should not be weakened by other models. It sees itself in the same line as the Roman Catholic Church and conservative Jews like Dennis Prager. Same-sex lifestyles should not be presented as normal or desirable by the state educational institutions, because under such circumstances the OJC fears increased voluntary sexual experimentation by children. For this reason it is opposed to public recommendations for children's books, such as the book Papas friend of Michael Willhoite in which a mother her child says "being gay is just another way of loving", and against the inclusion of such books in public libraries.

Feminist models of life that see themselves as alternatives to marriages in which the man has authority are also rejected, as are the deconstruction of gender roles.

Homosexuality and Relationship to the Ex-Gay Movement

According to the DIJG, lived homosexuality is fraught with many risks. The DIJG cites studies that would show a high promiscuity among homosexuals. One of these studies (Amsterdam study by Maria Xiridou et al.) Is interpreted in such a way that partnerships of homosexual men have a proven average duration of 1.5 years, with an average of 8 sexual partners outside the relationship during this time. However, this result is criticized as biased due to the explicit exclusion of monogamous people in this study. This is still being spread. The DIJG also presents various international studies (from 1998–2005) that suggest that the “homosexual lifestyle” often leads to severe depression, nicotine and alcohol addiction, drug abuse, etc.

In a position determination from April 2008, the DIJG declares that it stands up for people “who see their homosexual impulses as incompatible with their wishes, convictions and life goals”. Gay-minded people have the right to follow a path of change with the aim of diminishing their homosexual impulses.

As early as spring 2006, the DIJG stated that it was still receiving inquiries from people who want to change their homosexuality to heterosexuality. From the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag and the then Hessian state government (in which only the CDU was involved) it had in advance of parliamentary votes on draft laws that had the content of the expansion of the civil partnership and in which the CDU and CSU were against such an expansion, Requests for comment received. As a result of these inquiries, Ms. Vonholdt was heard by the Bundestag as an expert on the subject of homosexuality and family.

The institute does not use the sexual science concept of sexual orientation or sexual identity , but speaks primarily of a sexual inclination , such as " transsexual [ sic ] or others". In this sense the phrase "sexual orientation" is used. Identity only exists for men or women who dress and complement one another. The institute regards everything else as a disruption of identity.

With regard to the emergence of homosexuality , the DIJG represents a depth psychological development model that was developed by Joseph Nicolosi . Nicolosi saw "numerous indications that homosexual tendencies are acquired in a complex developmental process" and believed that emotional wounds in early childhood lead to uncertainty in the child's gender identity. According to Nicolosi, this uncertainty should play a decisive role in the development of a homosexual identity. Christl Vonholdt shares these views: “These include certain problems within family relationships in the early childhood phase, sexual abuse, feelings of inferiority and not belonging towards same-sex peers and, as a result, uncertainties in one's own male or female [always heterosexual] identity . “Family relationships are about the unsatisfied need for love and attention from the same-sex parent.

The OJC represents many positions of the ex-gay movement on issues of sexual orientation . For example, she is a member of the ex-gay umbrella organization Positive Alternatives to Homosexuality , quotes ex-gay literature, translates it into German and invites representatives of the US ex-gay movement to lectures and seminars. The viewpoints of the ex-gay movement in general contradict the notions of homosexuality established today in psychiatry and psychology. They are criticized by the world's leading psychiatric and psychological professional societies such as the American Psychological Association and the Royal College of Psychiatrists . The professional associations especially warn against reparative therapies or conversion therapies, about which the institute has translated books by US authors and sells them on the German market. Such therapies, which aim to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals, would have potentially damaging effects on those being treated. Organizations such as homosexuals and the church , the LSVD or the BAG gay policy of Bündnis 90 / DIE GRÜNEN criticize the positions taken by the OJC on homosexuality. These therapies and the generalizing views on which they are mostly based are rejected by leading psychiatric and psychological organizations worldwide.

The DIJG states that homosexuals who “suffered from their orientation” have a “right to therapeutic accompaniment”. It is of the opinion that with suitable therapy a strengthening of a postulated heterosexual feeling and a weakening of the actually existing homosexual impulses is possible in a person-friendly manner and is related to a holistic liberation of the person in the sense of the Christian faith . In order to achieve this goal, it is important that all people have a clear idea of ​​man and woman, in which heterosexual marriage and celibate relationships are the only forms of relationship worth striving for .

Due to the strong focus of the DIJG on the issue of homosexuality, criticism is expressed primarily from the lesbian and gay movement, but political parties and journalists have also questioned the DIJG's position on this point. According to Steffens and Wagner, the DIJG misrepresents research on sexual orientation and represents positions that are not in accordance with the ethical principles of academic health professions on a national and international level. In the spring of 2000, the Federal Ministry of Defense felt compelled to distance itself from its publications. The decision of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the legal committee of the German Bundestag to invite Christl Vonholdt to a hearing on adoption by same-sex couples , initiated by the former legal policy spokesman for the Union parliamentary group , Norbert Geis , was initiated by other parties and internally by lesbians and gays in the Union (LSU) criticized. In the course of a canceled event as part of the 2008 Christival , the DIJG also received critical inquiries; Heads of the OJC then explained their stance on homosexuality at a press conference.

In a small inquiry in the Hessian state parliament in November 2012, the Bündnis 90 / Grünen politician Kai Klose problematized the potential harmfulness of so-called conversion therapies against the background of the OJC's offer of positions for a “ voluntary social year ” (FSJ), which was financed by state funds be subsidized: In his opinion, “it cannot be that an organization with such a crude mentality works with young people”. The Minister of Social Affairs of the State of Hesse , Stefan Grüttner (CDU), pointed out that the OJC belongs to the supporting group of the Evangelical Church and that the state could not simply cut the funds for the FSJ, but promised a review. According to his ministry, 13 FSJ positions at the OJC have been funded by the State of Hesse with a total of € 13,000 since 2009. In a series of statements, the OJC and the DIJG made it clear that the institute did not offer any therapies, not even to "cure" homosexuals. It gives advice to those seeking advice and gives references to therapy options. Their commitment applies to the minority of those homosexuals who experience their homosexuality as " I-dystonic ". They must be given the right and the freedom to “sound out in therapy whether their homosexuality is possibly caused by life history” “or has to do with unresolved emotional conflicts”, which can then be dealt with in therapy. The therapies themselves, however, would only be carried out by recognized specialists using recognized methods. The volunteers of the FSJ only come into contact with these topics in passing and are not restricted in their freedom of expression. In a conversation with Diakonie President Johannes Stockmeyer, representatives of the OJC stated that they “do not assess homosexuality as a mental illness and therefore do not consider it to be in need of therapy”. Thereupon the responsible Diakonisches Werk of the EKD declared the allegations to have been dispelled. There was consensus in the conversation that "any form of discrimination of a sexual orientation for both theological and medical reasons should be rejected."

Cooperations and memberships

The German Institute for Youth and Society is currently cooperating with the following institutions:

Journalistic activity

Some OJC publications appear with the title German Institute for Youth and Society in the title. Once a year she publishes the free magazine Bulletin. News from the German Institute for Youth and Society . In recent years she has mainly translated US publications of the ex-gay movement into German. Some books by editors close to the OJC were also published with the addition “a publication by the German Institute for Youth and Society” in the book title.

External impact and self-presentation

The OJC presents its work area DIJG as an “independent scientific institution recognized by federal and state authorities”. After the federal government stated that it was unaware of such recognition by the federal government, the OJC substantiated its assertion: “The recognition will visible in the fact that the SPD federal government (1980), the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag (2004) and the Hessian state government (2007, CDU) called on the DIJG to make official statements on various socio-political issues. In addition, the work of the DIJG in the association of OJC eV is recognized by the tax authorities as "scientific".

Alliance marriage and family

Logo of the marriage and family alliance

The marriage and family alliance is a nationwide amalgamation of various Christian, political and social associations to strengthen marriage and the family . The initiators of the alliance are Dominik Klenk and Christl Ruth Vonholdt from the Young Christians Offensive. The alliance is intended to promote cooperation among similarly thinking institutions. So far there are 35 alliance members. The business address of the alliance is at the Young Christians Offensive. Within the conservative Christian area in Germany, the alliance is known not only through the affiliation of its members, but also through evangelical portals such as and as well as television and radio broadcasts from ERF-Medien .


The campaign is committed to human dignity and the right to life of all people.

The initiative wants to draw attention to the value and importance of marriage and family and is committed to ensuring that marriage as the relationship between woman and man and the family grown from it remain a model for the next generations.

Among other things, the alliance aims to:

  • Stand up for the strengthening of heterosexual marriage and the family that belongs to it as a unit of mother, father and children as the basis for the future of our society and maintain this as a model for future generations;
  • promote the "peace agreement" between spouses and generations;
  • preserve the special protection of marriage and family guaranteed by fundamental rights ( Art. 6 GG);
  • stand up for the right of the child to mother and father;
  • advocate for family-friendly jobs and universities
  • Support parents through training in relationship and parenting skills.

The Alliance sees it as a burden to raise alone, especially for mothers and children. It spreads the view that "some negative effects of the family structure in single mothers can be alleviated if greater financial resources are available." The model of the traditional marriage of man and woman and their biological children, advocated by the alliance, includes "of course precisely that the services provided by single parents, for example, receive full recognition and support. "


The alliance publishes texts, studies and literature on the topic on its website.

So far, the alliance has been through the book Kinder are klasse! approached the public. In this context, celebrities such as Gundula Gause , Markus Merk , Renate Schmidt , Margot Käßmann , Klaus Rösler , Susanne Gaschke and Nelli Block support the campaign with their own contributions. The campaign “ Children are great ” , which was launched together with the evangelical magazine Family , appeared on the evangelical Internet portal .

The alliance became known to the members of Together for Europe through the appearance of Elke Pechmann as his representative at the staff congress "Together on the way". As part of the panel discussion “Politics as an expression of love”, she spoke about the working methods of the alliance.


The Alliance for Marriage and the Family represents a spectrum of organizations and institutions, the breadth of which ranges from Protestant to Free Church, charismatic to Catholic; there are also a few non-religious allies . What they have in common is that they are committed to a conservative Christian value system.

In addition to the Young Christians Offensive, some of the other members of the initiative are (alphabetically): CVJM Germany , the CDU- related organization Christian Democrats for Life , Christian Marriage and Family Work e. V., Christian Life Center Langenburg, the German Parents' Association , Family Community of the Jesus Brotherhood , Family Network Forum , the Family magazine , Family Life Mission , Focolare Movement , Idea , YWAM Family Service, Institute for Ethics and Values ​​at the Free Theological Academy Gießen , the Children's clothing manufacturer Jako-o , Children's Organization of the Evangelical Methodist Church , the Roman Catholic Schoenstatt Movement , TEAM.F , White Cross .

Der Spiegel calls this list a Christian fundamentalist atmosphere . In the daily newspaper , Claudia Pinl accused the alliance of a “front position against equal rights for single parents , blended families or homosexual partnerships”.

Publications of the OJC

  • Differential Effects of the Practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) - An empirical analysis of pathogenic structures as an aid to counseling. Self-published, Bensheim 1980.
  • D. Mitchell Whitman: Break the silence. Sexual violence against children. Title of the original American edition: Child sexual abuse. An overview and teaching manual for clergy and other Christian leaders. Neukirchen-Vluyn 1993, ISBN 3-7615-4871-0 .
  • Joseph Nicolosi : Homosexuality does not have to be fate, minutes of an alternative therapy. A publication by the German Institute for Youth and Society, Reichenberg Castle. Title of the original American edition: Healing Homosexuality. Case Stories of Reparative Therapy. With a foreword to the German edition by Roland Werner and a foreword by Christl Ruth Vonholdt . Neukirchen-Vluyn 1995, ISBN 3-7615-4900-8 .
  • Young Christians Offensive: Homosexuality and Christian Pastoral Care. Documentation of an ecumenical symposium. Organized by the German Institute for Youth and Society (OJC), Reichelsheim. Young Christians Offensive / Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1995, ISBN 3-7615-4911-3 .
  • Christl Ruth Vonholdt (Ed.): Striving for Gender Identity: Homosexuals and Christian Counseling. A workbook for the Church. Self-published, Reichelsheim 1996.
  • Ralph Pechmann and Martin Reppenhagen (eds.): Mission in contradiction. Religious theological questions today and mission tomorrow. A publication by the German Institute for Youth and Society. Neukirchen-Vluyn 1999, ISBN 3-7887-1770-X .
  • Ralph Pechmann and Martin Reppenhagen (eds.): Testimony in the Dialogue of Religions and Postmodernism. A publication by the German Institute for Youth and Society. Neukirchen-Vluyn 1999, ISBN 3-7887-1769-6 .
  • Richard Cohen : Another coming out. Title of the original American edition: Coming Out Straight. Understanding and Healing Homosexuality. 2nd unchanged edition, Brunnen-Verlag, Giessen 2001, ISBN 3-7655-1219-2 .


  • Hanna Epting: Confrontation with the Guardian Angel. Young Christians Offensive - (OJC) eV In: Anna-Maria from the Wiesche, Frank Lilie (Hrsg.): Monastery in Evangelical. Reports from life together . Vier-Türme-Verlag, Münsterschwarzach 2016, ISBN 978-3-89680-904-9 , pp. 64–67.

Web links

Individual evidence


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  36. ^ Measures by non-governmental organizations in favor of children since 2005. (PDF) German Bundestag , p. 13 , archived from the original on September 9, 2010 ; Retrieved September 9, 2010 (printed matter [16/6076]).
  37. Ute and Frank Paul (eds.): Accompanying instead of conquering. Missionaries as guests in Chaco in northern Argentina , Neufeld Verlag, Schwarzenfeld 2010, ISBN 978-3-937896-95-3 .
  38. Willis Horst, Ute Mueller-Eckhardt, Frank Paul: Misión sin conquista , Ediciones Kairós, Buenos Aires, 2005.
  39. a b How it started - Love is the only currency that is still valid in heaven. ojcos foundation, 2007, archived from the original on November 20, 2012 ; Retrieved April 29, 2010 .
  40. Dominik Klenk: merciful • sustainable • innovative. ojcos foundation, 2007, archived from the original on September 3, 2010 ; Retrieved April 29, 2010 .
  41. OJCOS Foundation Prize ( Memento from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ),, accessed on May 15, 2015.
  42. Critics of the green-red education plan honored in Baden-Württemberg ,, message from May 15, 2015.
  43. In the Bensheim study , the DIJG says about itself, "The institute [...] was engaged in its own research branch [...]."
  44. Leonie Seifert: "Discrimination: Gay baiting, strictly scientific" , in: Die Zeit online from August 11, 2009
  45. ^ Opinion for the Legal Committee of the Bundestag | DIJG - footnote 7. Retrieved October 25, 2017 .
  46. Homosexuality and Promiscuity. German Institute for Youth and Society, accessed on October 25, 2017 .
  47. Small request from the Abg. Kai Klose (BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN) from October 19, 2012 regarding the implementation of therapies to "cure homosexuality" in Hesse and answer from the Minister of Social Affairs. (PDF; 77 kB) Hessian State Parliament, November 29, 2012, accessed on December 13, 2012 .
  48. a b Annette Langer: State funding for homosexual therapy. SPON, December 5, 2012, accessed December 13, 2012 .
  49. "Homo Therapy": Land checks Protestant association. Echo online, December 5, 2012, archived from the original on December 13, 2012 ; Retrieved December 13, 2012 .
  50. Elke Pechmann: Press release on therapies allegedly offered by the DIJG for the "healing" of homosexual people. OJC, December 5, 2012, accessed December 13, 2012 .
  51. ^ Christl Ruth Vonholdt: Press release of the German Institute for Youth and Society (DIJG). Subject: Answer by the Hessian Minister of Social Affairs Stefan Grüttner to the minor question from MP Kai Klose. DIJG, December 4, 2012, accessed December 13, 2012 .
  52. ^ Opinion on the FSJ work of the OJC. OJC, December 4, 2012, accessed December 13, 2012 .
  53. Controversy about "healing" homosexuals: Diakonie sees allegations dispelled., December 5, 2012, accessed on December 13, 2012 .
  54. Special price list relaunch 2008. (PDF; 371 kB) In: October 14, 2011, archived from the original on October 1, 2012 ; Retrieved October 1, 2012 .

Individual evidence for the DIJG

  1. ^ A b c OJC, German Institute for Youth and Society: "History and Mission of the German Institute for Youth and Society" , accessed: October 11, 2008
  2. OJC: Overview of the OJC's Services (ODF), viewed October 11, 2008.
  3. Heike Le Ker in Der Spiegel : Congress in Marburg: Massive criticism of the appearance of "Homo healers" from April 17, 2009, seen May 11, 2009.
  4. Jump up ↑ Young Christians Offensive: Science , accessed Oct. 11, 2008.
  5. a b Statement by the German Institute for Youth and Society (DIJG) on the question from the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group in the Bundestag (printed matter 16/7917). (PDF) DIJG, February 6, 2008, archived from the original on April 28, 2008 ; Retrieved on October 1, 2012 (in the cited document the printed matter is incorrect with 16/9717).
  6. ^ Bensheim study
  7. Frank Usarski in "The stigmatization of new spiritual movements in the Federal Republic of Germany", GRIN Verlag 2008, ISBN 978-3-638-93623-1 , p. 162.
  8. a b DIJG: Statement by the German Institute for Youth and Society (DIJG) on inquiries regarding our work and our commitment to the topic of homosexuality , see section 2. History and research priorities , seen October 11, 2008.
  9. ^ A b c Barbara Schneider, Allison Atteberry, Ann Owens: It depends on the family. Family structure and child development , in Bulletin 11/2006 p. 32 ff. (Also as PDF ), p. 32, 35 and 37. Original English text: Barbara L. Schneider, Allison Atteberry, Ann Owens, "Family matters: Family structure and child outcomes ", 2005, Alabama Policy Institute, Birmingham (Alabama)
  10. a b Christl Ruth Vonholdt , OJC in Salzkorn from 6/2004 “Not for the good of the child - Why the new law on stepchild adoption in reality discriminates against the child” p. 248ff, 248.
  11. Christl Ruth Vonholdt , OJC in Salzkorn from 6/2004 "Not for the good of the child - Why the new law on the adoption of stepchildren in reality discriminates against the child" p. 248 ff., 249.
  12. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: "Considerations on the drafts of a legal recognition of the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships"
  13. ^ Judaism's Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality "
  14. a b Christl Ruth Vonholdt: Homosexuality and the wrong ways of the church
  15. Michael Willhoite, Dad's friend . Jackwerth, Berlin 1994, ISBN 3-932117-08-5 ; the book is about the father's coming out
  16. a b c Rudolf Zewell: Interview with Dr. Christl R. Vonholdt: Identity - Why the idea of ​​man and woman is being questioned , Rheinischer Merkur No. 29, July 15, 2004 ( online version at DIJG , or as PDF ( memento from October 11, 2008 on WebCite ).)
  17. DIJG: "Homosexuality and scientific studies: Study: Homosexual partnerships last an average of 1.5 years " (assessment of the Amsterdam study by Maria Xiridou et al .: "The contribution of steady and casual partnerships to the incidence of HIV infection among homosexual men in Amsterdam "; in: AIDS 2003; 17 (7): 1029-1038.), viewed June 1, 2009.
  18. Anneke Krol, Data Manager Amsterdam Cohort Studies: Overview of the Amsterdam Cohort Studies 2006 ( Memento of 15 July 2007 at the Internet Archive ) (PDF), February 7, 2007, p. 2
  19. Jim Burroway: Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples , Box Turtle Bulletin, January 9, 2006
  20. Valeria Hinck, Spitzerstudie, Amsterdam -studie, etc. - what is really (not) written there? ( Memento of September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ),, 2004.
  21. Christl Vonholdt: "Understanding homosexuality" - Why registered partnerships are not useful - About your lecture at the ecumenical community "Reversal to the Lord"  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , on:, March 12, 2008 (offline)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  22. Christel Vonholdt: Understanding Homosexuality , Bulletin special edition autumn 2006, p. 8.
  23. ^ DIJG: Our position ( memento of April 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), April 2008, viewed June 1, 2009.
  24. DIJG Bulletin No. 11, Spring 1/2006 p. 1.
  25. DIJG: "Statement for the Legal Committee of the Bundestag on the Draft Law to Revise Civil Partnership Law" (PDF), October 18, 2004.
  26. DIJG: "Opinion for the legal committee of the Hessian state parliament on the draft law for a law for the recognition of registered civil partnerships in the Hessian land law" ( Print 16/7331 , PDF).
  27. German Bundestag, Drs. 15/4052 of October 27, 2004: Hearing of the Legal Affairs Committee on the draft law for the revision of civil partnership law ( PDF ), p. 27 f.
  28. German Bundestag, 15th electoral period Draft of a law to revise civil partnership law - Legal Committee: Hearing of the minutes of the 59th meeting ( memento of October 11, 2008 on WebCite ) of October 18, 2004 (quoted via
  29. Christl Ruth Vonholdt: A Question of the Image of Man - Why Homosexuality is Sin. ( Memento of December 30, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) (Word document; 71 kB) Zeitzeichen, October 2005.
  30. Christl R. Vonholdt (Ed.): Bulletin 10 Special Print Challenge Adolescence ,, October 28, 2005, last page, imprint.
  31. a b c d Christel Vonholdt: Understanding Homosexualität , Bulletin special print autumn 2006, p. 5 Model 2 b; P. 6; P. 7; P. 8; P. 9; P. 12
  32. Joseph Nicolosi : “Homosexuality does not have to be fate. Conversation protocols of an alternative therapy. ” Translated from the American: Friedmann Lux . With a foreword to the German edition by Roland Werner and a foreword by Dr. Christl Ruth Vonholdt. A publication of the German Institute for Youth and Society, Schloss Reichenberg, Reichelsheim, Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1995, ISBN 978-3-7615-4900-1 .
  33. ↑ e.g. Bob Davies on homosexuality and Christian pastoral care
  34. Royal College of Psychiatrists Submission to the Church of England's Listening Exercise on Human Sexuality (PDF; 43 kB), point 5 (p. 3): "Psychotherapy and reparative therapy for LGB people", viewed July 22, 2008.
  35. ^ A b Just the Facts Coalition , American Psychological Association et al .: Just the facts about sexual orientation and youth: A primer for principals, educators, and school personnel.
  36. a b Position statement of the APA (American Psychiatric Association) on conversion therapies ( Memento of November 13, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  37. a b
  38. Archived copy ( Memento from September 14, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  39. / idea: Homosexuality is not innate , May 6, 2008, seen October 11, 2008.
  40. Melanie Caroline Steffens; Christoph Wagner: Discrimination against lesbians, gays and bisexuals. In: Andreas Beelmann: Discrimination and Tolerance: Psychological Basics and Application Perspectives . VS Verlag, Wiesbaden 2009, ISBN 978-3-531-15732-0 , p. 241 ff., 250 ( online ).
  41. a b Lesbians and gays in the Union: Letter to the editor from LSU federal chairman Roland Heintze shortly after the “Irmer article” appeared in the Wetzlarer Kurier ( memento from April 15, 2005 in the Internet Archive )
  42. German Federal Government: Printed Matter 16/8022. (PDF; 111 kB) German Bundestag , February 12, 2008, accessed on July 13, 2010 .
  43. Press Conference May 3, 2008 - "Understanding Homosexuality". Young Christians Offensive, archived from the original on October 11, 2008 ; Retrieved October 11, 2008 .
  44. PATH press release of July 8th, 2003: "diverse coalition forms to support peolple seeking 'non-gay' alternatives to unwnanted homosexuality" ( memento of the original from October 11th, 2008 on WebCite ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked . Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (last paragraph), viewed October 11, 2009. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  45. German Federal Government: Printed Matter 16/8022. (PDF) German Bundestag , February 12, 2008, p. 7 , accessed on July 13, 2010 : “The Federal Government currently has no knowledge of the German Institute for Youth and Society. The federal government is not aware of any state "recognition" or "certification". "

Individual proofs of the marriage and family alliance

  1. ^ Kaleb Dresden eV: Support for families - nationwide , seen June 27, 2008.
  2. DIJG-Vonholdt. New Life Foundation , archived from the original on April 5, 2009 ; Retrieved May 6, 2010 .
  3. a b c d The alliance - alliance partner ( Memento of the original from May 2, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ,, accessed May 10, 2008. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Interview by Oliver Jeske with Elke Pechmann from April 13, 2007, seen on June 27, 2008.
  5. a b c Martin Gundlach: Children are great  ( page can no longer be accessed , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (offline)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  6. Evangeliums-Rundfunkt (ERF): 'Children are great! An action by the “Alliance Marriage and Family” , as seen on April 5, 2009.
  7. ^ Addresses F-Campaigns , seen October 11, 2008.
  8. a b Alliance for Marriage and Family - homepage of the website ( memento of the original from December 16, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , as seen on May 17, 2008 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. literal: marriage between man and woman
  10. literal: preserve today and re-establish .
  11. lit.: preserve and communicate in the future .
  12. Matthias Franz: When the father is missing. Archived from the original on April 2, 2011 ; Retrieved on May 6, 2010 (Original: Psychologie heute, 3/2004).
  13. Studies. (No longer available online.) Marriage and Family Alliance, archived from the original on May 2, 2011 ; Retrieved May 6, 2010 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  14. Barbara Schneider, Allison Atteberry, Ann Owens: Family matters . (No longer available online.) Alliance Marriage and Family, formerly the original ; Retrieved May 6, 2010 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  15. Bernd Wannenwetsch: The value and dignity of the family. Marriage and Family Alliance, 2003, archived from the original on April 2, 2015 ; Retrieved on February 18, 2012 (Original: Bulletin No. 5 (Spring 2003) pp. 2–11, edited by the German Institute for Youth and Society).
  16. Martin Gundlach : Children are great! , ISBN 978-3-417-24964-4 .
  17. ↑ Reading tips : The new desire to be a mother. (PDF; 6.2 MB) In: November 11, 2009, p. 24 , archived from the original on October 1, 2012 ; Retrieved October 1, 2012 .
  18. Elke Pechmann for OJC, DIJG, Bündnis Ehe und Familie: “Politics as an expression of love” ( memento of October 11, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) , viewed on July 2, 2008, also as a PDF ( memento of October 11, 2007 in Internet Archive ) (39 kB).
  19. Spiegel: TODAY IN THE FEUILLETONS of April 27, 2007, as of June 27, 2008.
  20. Claudia Pinl: The Holy Family , in: of April 27, 2007