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Letter to President Trump

Find here a letter from Patriarchs and Heads of local churches in Jerusalem to President Trump.





Patriarchs and Heads of local churches in Jerusalem

Letter to President Trump

Find here a letter from Patriarchs and Heads of local churches in Jerusalem to President Trump.





Patriarchs and Heads of local churches in Jerusalem

Letter to President Trump

Find here a letter from Patriarchs and Heads of local churches in Jerusalem to President Trump.





70th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in the Czechoslovak Hussite Church

November 23-24, 2017

In 2017, the Czechoslovak Hussite Church (CHC) commemorates with gratitude the 70th anniversary of the priestly ordination of women. In 1947, CHC, apparently as one of the first churches in Europe, ordained two women with the same rights and duties as the male priests. In CHC, the sacrament of the Lord's Supper has been celebrated since the beginning in 1920 under both kinds also by the laity, according to the model of the medieval Hussites. This practice, which expresses the unity of priests and laymen before God, has also been supported by the equal status of men and women within church service, including sacramental service. At present, in addition to female preachers, catechists and pastoral assistants in the clerical position, there is about 50 % of female clergy with a priestly or deaconical ordination in CHC.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the priestly ordination of women in CHC, we cordially invite you to the international conference ?Woman Ordained?, organized by the Hussite Theological Faculty of Charles University in cooperation with CHC on November 23-24, 2017 at the faculty. The aim of the conference is to evaluate the development of the ministry of female clergy and to discuss the importance of their service in today's society. Meeting of the clergy across generations and the accompanying program will take place on November 24-25, 2017.

The ceremonial worship service on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the women?s ordination will be held on November 25, 2017 at 9:30 am in the CHC Prague-Dejvice, where the first three patriarchs of the church are buried: Dr. Karel Farský, G. A. Procházka and Prof. Dr. Franti?ek Ková?. The service will be presided by the Patriarch ThDr. Tomá? Butta together with Bishop Emeritus Mgr. Jana Silerová; dialogical sermons will be led by sisters-priests representing the younger and older generations, Mgr. Jaroslava Böhmová and Mgr. Erika Oubrechtová.

On the occasion of preceding anniversary of the women?s ordination in CHC, current Patriarch ThDr. Tomá? Butta wrote: ?According to the theological understanding of the priesthood in our Church, the only and true priest is Jesus Christ himself, who brought the sacrifice once and for all. The whole community of believers as his body participates in his priestly ministry in this world. In Jesus Christ, there is no difference between man and woman, as it is expressed in the sacrament of baptism (Ga 3:26) and in the universal priesthood of believers (1 Pt 2:9; Rev 1:5-6). Similarly, the sacrament of the priestly ordination is, by the freedom of our faith, made possible for women so that they could faithfully serve Christ and people, according to their profession (vocation) and gifts (charismata). Our current Order of the Spiritual Service of 2005 explicitly states that the priestly service is transmitted by the Church to prepared, competent and confirmed brothers and sisters (Preamble, p. 5).?

For more information on the conference, please visit www.htkonference.cz or call us at +420 720 404 812.

For more information on the festive worship service, please contact us at external.affairs@ccsh.cz.

 

 

On the photo is one of the youngest female priests of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, Martina Kopecká, who is also a member of WCC Governing Body as well as leader of ECHO WCC. 





70th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in the Czechoslovak Hussite Church

November 23-24, 2017

In 2017, the Czechoslovak Hussite Church (CHC) commemorates with gratitude the 70th anniversary of the priestly ordination of women. In 1947, CHC, apparently as one of the first churches in Europe, ordained two women with the same rights and duties as the male priests. In CHC, the sacrament of the Lord's Supper has been celebrated since the beginning in 1920 under both kinds also by the laity, according to the model of the medieval Hussites. This practice, which expresses the unity of priests and laymen before God, has also been supported by the equal status of men and women within church service, including sacramental service. At present, in addition to female preachers, catechists and pastoral assistants in the clerical position, there is about 50 % of female clergy with a priestly or deaconical ordination in CHC.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the priestly ordination of women in CHC, we cordially invite you to the international conference ?Woman Ordained?, organized by the Hussite Theological Faculty of Charles University in cooperation with CHC on November 23-24, 2017 at the faculty. The aim of the conference is to evaluate the development of the ministry of female clergy and to discuss the importance of their service in today's society. Meeting of the clergy across generations and the accompanying program will take place on November 24-25, 2017.

The ceremonial worship service on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the women?s ordination will be held on November 25, 2017 at 9:30 am in the CHC Prague-Dejvice, where the first three patriarchs of the church are buried: Dr. Karel Farský, G. A. Procházka and Prof. Dr. Franti?ek Ková?. The service will be presided by the Patriarch ThDr. Tomá? Butta together with Bishop Emeritus Mgr. Jana Silerová; dialogical sermons will be led by sisters-priests representing the younger and older generations, Mgr. Jaroslava Böhmová and Mgr. Erika Oubrechtová.

On the occasion of preceding anniversary of the women?s ordination in CHC, current Patriarch ThDr. Tomá? Butta wrote: ?According to the theological understanding of the priesthood in our Church, the only and true priest is Jesus Christ himself, who brought the sacrifice once and for all. The whole community of believers as his body participates in his priestly ministry in this world. In Jesus Christ, there is no difference between man and woman, as it is expressed in the sacrament of baptism (Ga 3:26) and in the universal priesthood of believers (1 Pt 2:9; Rev 1:5-6). Similarly, the sacrament of the priestly ordination is, by the freedom of our faith, made possible for women so that they could faithfully serve Christ and people, according to their profession (vocation) and gifts (charismata). Our current Order of the Spiritual Service of 2005 explicitly states that the priestly service is transmitted by the Church to prepared, competent and confirmed brothers and sisters (Preamble, p. 5).?

For more information on the conference, please visit www.htkonference.cz or call us at +420 720 404 812.

For more information on the festive worship service, please contact us at external.affairs@ccsh.cz.

On the photo is one of the youngest female priests of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, Martina Kopecká, who is also a member of WCC Governing Body as well as leader of ECHO WCC. 

 





70th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women in the Czechoslovak Hussite Church

November 23-24, 2017

In 2017, the Czechoslovak Hussite Church (CHC) commemorates with gratitude the 70th anniversary of the priestly ordination of women. In 1947, CHC, apparently as one of the first churches in Europe, ordained two women with the same rights and duties as the male priests. In CHC, the sacrament of the Lord's Supper has been celebrated since the beginning in 1920 under both kinds also by the laity, according to the model of the medieval Hussites. This practice, which expresses the unity of priests and laymen before God, has also been supported by the equal status of men and women within church service, including sacramental service. At present, in addition to female preachers, catechists and pastoral assistants in the clerical position, there is about 50 % of female clergy with a priestly or deaconical ordination in CHC.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the priestly ordination of women in CHC, we cordially invite you to the international conference ?Woman Ordained?, organized by the Hussite Theological Faculty of Charles University in cooperation with CHC on November 23-24, 2017 at the faculty. The aim of the conference is to evaluate the development of the ministry of female clergy and to discuss the importance of their service in today's society. Meeting of the clergy across generations and the accompanying program will take place on November 24-25, 2017.

The ceremonial worship service on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the women?s ordination will be held on November 25, 2017 at 9:30 am in the CHC Prague-Dejvice, where the first three patriarchs of the church are buried: Dr. Karel Farský, G. A. Procházka and Prof. Dr. Franti?ek Ková?. The service will be presided by the Patriarch ThDr. Tomá? Butta together with Bishop Emeritus Mgr. Jana Silerová; dialogical sermons will be led by sisters-priests representing the younger and older generations, Mgr. Jaroslava Böhmová and Mgr. Erika Oubrechtová.

On the occasion of preceding anniversary of the women?s ordination in CHC, current Patriarch ThDr. Tomá? Butta wrote: ?According to the theological understanding of the priesthood in our Church, the only and true priest is Jesus Christ himself, who brought the sacrifice once and for all. The whole community of believers as his body participates in his priestly ministry in this world. In Jesus Christ, there is no difference between man and woman, as it is expressed in the sacrament of baptism (Ga 3:26) and in the universal priesthood of believers (1 Pt 2:9; Rev 1:5-6). Similarly, the sacrament of the priestly ordination is, by the freedom of our faith, made possible for women so that they could faithfully serve Christ and people, according to their profession (vocation) and gifts (charismata). Our current Order of the Spiritual Service of 2005 explicitly states that the priestly service is transmitted by the Church to prepared, competent and confirmed brothers and sisters (Preamble, p. 5).?

For more information on the conference, please visit www.htkonference.cz or call us at +420 720 404 812.

For more information on the festive worship service, please contact us at external.affairs@ccsh.cz.

 

On the photo is one of the youngest female priests of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, Martina Kopecká, who is also a member of WCC Governing Body as well as leader of ECHO WCC. 





Herausforderung Reproduktionsmedizin: 23./24. Nov. 2017, Villigst

Tagung zur Orientierungshilfe der GEKE

In der Ev. Tagungsstätte Haus Villigst der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen findet eine Tagung zur GEKE-Orientierungshilfe zu ethischen Fragen der Reproduktionsmedizin statt. 

Veranstaltungsfolder und Infos zur Anmeldung siehe unten (Download)!





Abschied von der Weltausstellung Reformation in Wittenberg

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Nach dem Schlussgottesdienst am Sonntag, 10. September 2017, wurde das Gartenhaus der GEKE am Luthergarten in Wittenberg (Weltausstellungs-Torraum "Ökumene") geräumt. Es wird in den nächsten Tagen abgebaut und findet einen bleibenden Standort bei einer Familie mit großem Garten, einige Kilometer von Wittenberg entfernt. Von den Möbeln konnte einiges dem Gustav Adolf-Werk in Leipzig für die Ausstattung von Studierendenzimmern übergeben werden.

Was bleibt, sind die vielen Erinnerungen und Eindrücke an Begegnungen und Gespräche ...

Wir bedanken uns bei allen, die dazu beigetragen haben, dass die Beteiligung der GEKE am "Reformationssommer" möglich war!

 

 

 





New publication: ?Before I formed you in the womb ...?

CPCE compiled an orientation aid on the ethical issues associated with reproductive medicine

The Council of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) has compiled an orientation aid on the ethical issues associated with reproductive medicine.
 

During the last few decades, advances in reproductive medicine and the potential they harbour have awakened great hope and expectations, but at the same time raised fears in our societies and churches. It is not yet foreseeable where these developments will eventually lead. Many Protestant churches have addressed the ethical issues and challenges raised by reproductive medicine in recent years.

The Council of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe thus felt that the time had come to ascertain the common Protestant stance in this debate. The result is this new orientation aid, which addresses the complex issues surrounding the beginning of life. At the same time, the Council is very aware that the boundaries of what is medically possible will continue to expand. This publication is therefore not the final say on the matter. However, it offers a fundamental and multifaceted point of reference for a common Protestant approach at European level.

 

It is available in English, French and German.

 

A5 format, 176-192 pages (depending on the language), priced at 8 euros per copy + postage (dispatched from Austria). Orders can be placed at: www.leuenberg.eu/publications or: www.cpce-repro-ethics.eu (also available as a PDF download!).

 

Photo (CPCE/I. Monjencs): The book was officially launched on 29 June 2017 at the pavilion run by the Württemberg Regional Church at the World Exhibition of Reformation. The Protestant Regional Church of Württemberg has supported the CPCE?s efforts to address socio-ethical issues for many years.

 





Siebenbürgen/Rumänien: ungarischsprachige Kirchen ordinieren gemeinsam

Verstärkte Zusammenarbeit vereinbart

Kirchengemeinschaft à la Leuenberg bedeutet auch die gegenseitige Anerkennung der Ordinationen ? das ist nichts Neues. Dass aber GEKE-Mitgliedskirchen ihre Pfarrer und Pfarrerinnen im Rahmen einer gemeinsamen Ordinationsfeier segnen und in den Dienst aussenden, ist nicht selbstverständlich und ein besonders starkes Symbol. Die beiden ungarischsprachigen Kirchen in Siebenbürgen und Rumänien haben ihre zukünftige verstärkte Zusammenarbeit am 4. Juli 2017 besiegelt: eine gemeisame Erklärung wurde unterzeichnet und 13 neue Pfarrerinnen und Pfarrer  ordiniert, 8 Reformierte und 5 LutheranerInnen. Ökumenische Partner aus der Schweiz waren bei der Festveranstaltung anwesend, bei der Dankbarkeit für Gottes treue Begleitung und für das friedliche Zusammenleben seit der Reformationszeit im Mittelpunkt stand.

Foto: Gábor Kiss

 







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