“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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Zu Besuch in der slowakischen Partnerkirche: Oberkirchenrätin Barbara Rudolph (v.r.), Präses Manfred Rekowski und von der Reformierten Christlichen Kirche in der Slowakei Bischof Laszlo Fazekas und Generalkurator Vince Fekete. Visit to our partner church in Slovakia: OKR Barbara Rudolph and President Manfred Rekowski with Bishop Laszlo Fazekas and General Curator Vince Fekete of the Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia .

Ecumenism in Europe

Helping to shape Europe

The Rhineland Church (EKiR) supports the view that the Protestant voice needs to be heard more strongly in Europe – and is committed to seeing that this is achieved. It has partner churches in many countries and is involved with the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe. 

Protestantism in Europe is one of the key topics for the Rhineland Church. In 1996 the Regional Synod issued a call under the heading: “Helping to shape Europe – a task for Christians, communities and churches”. In addition, in 2000 the Synod approved the document “On the way towards a community of European Protestantism”.

In accordance with this the EKiR co-operates with the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) and its North West Regional Group and also with the Conference of Churches on the Rhine. In addition there is also co-operation with the Conference of Protestant Churches in the Latin Countries of Europe (Conférence des Eglises protestantes des pays latins d'Europe, = CEPPLE)

Beyond that, the EKiR is a member of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), a community of more than 120 Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant and Old-Catholic Churches in Europe. The EKiR represents the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) on the CEC Commission for Church and Society.

On this basis the EKiR fosters fellowship with its partner churches in Europe. The ecumenical department of the Regional Church office promotes relationships with European partner churches through visits, projects, and offering advice to local congregations and groups of churches with respect to twinning partnerships and internships in congregations.   

There are particularly strong partnerships with the French Reformed Church, with the Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches in Italy and with the Reformed Church in Hungary.

Partner churches of the EKiR in Europe:

  • United Protestant Church in Belgium
  • Union of Protestant Churches in Alsace and Lorraine 
  • Reformed Church of France
  • Union of Waldensian and Methodist Churches in Italy
  • Protestant Church in The Netherlands
  • Reformed Church in Poland
  • Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania
  • Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren
  • Reformed Church in Hungary 

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