20.09.16 | News, Press Reports

"Common Roots, Common Paths"

Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Wuerttemberg to Host International Partnership Consultation

Stuttgart: For the first time, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Wuerttemberg will be hosting an international partnership consultation. Participating will be 25 different churches from all over the world. The venue is Stuttgart, the dates September 22-27. Two representatives each from church partners in South Africa, Argentina, Indonesia, Romania, Lebanon, Jordan, France, Ghana, among others, will meet with representatives of the Wuerttemberg Church to discuss current themes.

Church growth, environmental concerns as well as ecumenical and interreligious topics form the agenda. It is expected that the consultation will yield new insights for the invited churches as well their Wuerttemberg host. In addition, it is hoped that the conversations can lead to a strengthening of south-south relations among the participating churches. Worship services with international participation and featuring sermons by Bishop Dr. Frank Otfried July and Prelate Gabriele Wulz will mark the opening and the closing of the consultation. Further program points include exposure trips to Ulm, Blaubeuren and Schwäbisch Hall. These with the intention of granting the participants a first-hand impression of the daily work of the Wuerttemberg Church.

Keynote speeches will be given by retired Hamburg Bishop Maria Jepsen and Lutheran World Federation Director Dr. Fidon Mwombeki.

The following events are open to the public:

Thursday, September 22
9am - Official Opening Ceremony: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heckel, Stuttgart Dean Sören Schwesig and Stuttgart Lord Mayor Dr. Martin Schairer. Venue: Hospitalhof, (Büchsenstraße 33, 70174 Stuttgart)
10am - Keynote Address: "Common Roots, Common Paths". Bishop Maria Jepsen (retired)
6pm - Opening Worship with Prelate Gabriele Wulz, Leonhardskirche, Stuttgart (Leonhardspl. 26, 70182 Stuttgart)

Saturday, September 24
9.45 am - Keynote Address: "Reformation and One World". Reverend Dr. Fidon R. Mwombeki, Lutheran World Federation. Venue: Hospitalhof, (Büchsenstraße 33, 70174 Stuttgart)
8pm - Concert "United" with the LaKi Pop Choir and the Evangelical Youth Movement of Wuerttemberg. Venue: Leonhardskirche, Stuttgart (Leonhardspl. 26, 70182 Stuttgart)

Tuesday, September 27
6pm - Closing Worship with Bishop Dr. Frank Otfried July. Hospitalhof, (Büchsenstraße 33, 70174 Stuttgart)
7pm - Reception with Greetings from Bishop July followed by an Evening of Encounter

Please contact Marie-Louise July, coordinator of the partnership consultation
E-Mail: marie-louise.july@dont-want-spam.elk-wue.de
Telephone number: +49 711 2149-665 (available Monday-Thursday from 8.30am until 1.30pm)