Swiss churches at the German Kirchentag

The German Protestant Kirchentag event will take place in Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württenberg, from June 3 to 7, 2015. The Church of the Canton of Zurich in collaboration with the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) and the Center for Church Development of the University of Zurich will be on hand for the event, using the slogan “Reformed, Made in Switzerland”. Their booth at Schillerplatz, near Stuttgart’s Castle Church, will be dedicated to the Reformation, both past and present. In addition to providing information and a chance to meet and chat, the booth will also host interviews every hour, a quiz, and much more.
Unveiling the 2015 Kirchentag poster

The booth team will be there to remind those attending the event that Martin Luther, the German reformer, was not the only theologian to shape the Reformation into what it would become. The booth will present more Swiss aspects to the public and provide Swiss participants with a platform to appear, including interviews with the President of the Zurich Church Council, Michel Müller, Dean of the Department of Theology in Zurich, Thomas Schlag, and Gottfried Locher, President of the FSPC Council. Locher will also have two official appearances at the Kirchentag event: On Thursday, Locher will participate in a discussion on Islam in the media as part of a podium series on Muslims and Christians. On Saturday, Locher will provide perspectives on a possible ecumenical celebration of Christ in 2017.

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches is also active behind the scenes. Hella Hoppe, the FSPC senior economic affairs officer, is closely involved with the organization of the panel series on society and a responsible economy. Christina Aus der Au, theological managing director of the Center for Church Development of the University of Zurich, is a member of the Kirchentag board of directors, and will preside over the next German Protestant Kirchentag to be held in Berlin and Wittenberg in 2017. She will also act as the presenter for the closing evening events in Stuttgart this year.

The Kirchentag will also feature numerous cultural events such as an invitation to join an open singing group, led by Andreas Hausammann from St. Gallen along with a project choir and a band. Every voice is welcome! The event is scheduled for Friday, June 5 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Stuttgart’s Marktplatz.