The Zurich Reformation visits Germany

Acting as an ambassador of the Zurich Reformation Jubilee, a Piaggio Ape called “Mission Zwingli” cruised around the German Evangelical Church Assembly (Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag) and the World Reformation Exhibition in Wittenberg. Its mission is to raise awareness for the continuation of festivities in Zurich with more than forty cultural projects until 2018.

During the opening ceremony of the Swiss “Prophezey” pavilion in Wittenberg, Zurich Council Member Andrea Marco Bianca honored the World Reformation Exhibition as an expression of the diversity and power of the Reformed Church. Under the slogan of “Mission Zwingli,” the Piaggio Ape was an ambassador of the Zurich Reformation Jubilee and a part of the Swiss pavilion, cruising around Wittenberg and the grounds of the Kirchentag in Berlin as a rolling advertising pillar for questions and requests regarding the Zurich events.

 “Mission Zwingli” aims to raise awareness for the continuation of the Reformation Jubilee 2017/2018 in Zurich with more than forty cultural projects all across the city and the canton of Zurich. “Light-footed and serious, dignified and cheerful – a program for everyone who is interested in the present of Reformation history,” said Michel Müller, Church Council President of the Evangelical-Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich.

 “Every canton in Switzerland has its own Reformation history that lives on to this day,” said FSPC President Gottfried Locher: “It’s good that these histories are now being told. Zurich begins its own Reformation Jubilee on the international stage.“

On the Kirchentag itself, the Zurich cantonal church is present at Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt, together with other Reformed churches and communities and with an extensive and diverse schedule of events. Over the course of four days, in addition to an exhibition and various tours, there are numerous celebrations, interviews, concerts, workshops, including one with the Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby and one with Olav Tveit, the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches.

Kirchentag schedule of events (German)