“I’m full of joy, redeemed, set free” is the slogan being used by the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. It is taken from the opening lines of a psalm-poem by the Rhineland cabaret artist and writer Hanns Dieter Hüsch (1925-2005).

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Synagoge und Kirche im Dialog. Die Skulptur 'Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time' von Joshua Koffman, 2015. Synagogue and Church in dialogue. The sculpture "Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time" by Joshua Koffman, 2015.

Christians and Jews

Encouraging Christian-Jewish dialogue

The renewal of relationships with Judaism and the promoting of Christian-Jewish dialogue are among the fundamental tasks of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland. 

The Church constitution states: the Rhineland Church “testifies to the faithfulness of God, who abides by the election of his people Israel” and “encourages Christian-Jewish dialogue”. The Rhineland Church fulfils its responsibility for promotion of Christian-Jewish relationships through its theological reflection, its liturgical practices, its religious education and training, as well as in its socio-political commitment.

Those responsible for fulfilling this task are specifically the officers appointed by the Synod for Christian-Jewish dialogue in the local church areas, the Regional Church committee “Christians and Jews”, as well as the Regional Church “minister responsible for Christian-Jewish dialogue” who is located within the ecumenical department team. 

The Synod resolution agreed in 1980 by the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland “On the renewal of the relationship between Christians and Jews” was a ground-breaking event in the relationship between Christians and Jews. A deciding factor in this was first and foremost the recognition of the co-responsibility and guilt of Christians for the Holocaust. 

The exact wording of the Synod resolution can be found as a download document below (in English).

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ekir.de / haa, neu / 17.11.2016



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