CPCE President Locher names Bern a ‘City of the Reformation’

Today, the City President of Bern, Alexander Tschäppät, received the “City of the Reformation” label from the President of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), Gottfried Locher.
Alexander Tschäppät receives the label from Gottfried Locher.

From today, September 20, 2016, shortly before the launch of celebrations for the Reformation Quincentennial, Alexander Tschäppat can call himself the City President of one of the Cities of the Reformation. In the splendid Erlacherhof – the seat of Bern’s executive administration – Gottfried Locher, President of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) presented the city of Bern with a certificate bearing the label “City of the Reformation.”

“As President of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, but also particularly as a Bernese citizen and pastor, I am extraordinarily happy to be able to present ‘my’ city with this CPCE label today,” said Locher. In the Reformation era during the 16th century, the “hero of Bern was not any individual, it was the collective.  This genuinely Bernese attitude can be observed even today, time and again. Whenever Bern is facing important issues, everybody wants to be involved and be part of the decision-making process,” and this was also the case for the labelling process, said Alexander Tschäppät, who was visibly pleased as he accepted the award on behalf of his city.

The “European Cities of the Reformation” Project
On the occasion of the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, which will be celebrated all across the continent in 2017, the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), in cooperation with the Protestant churches of the continent, developed the European Cities of the Reformation Project.  The goal of the CPCE initiative is to promote and publicize the manifold interactions of art, culture and spirituality. Until now, roughly 70 European cities have received the label.

Reformation Jubilee in Bern
In the anniversary year of 2017, the Bernese churches, together with various political and cultural institutions, address the interested public with numerous events and projects presenting the cultural, social and political achievements of the Reformation.