Germany Episcopal Area

Local Church
Eurasia Area Bishop Eduard Khegay posts live greetings on his Facebook page to viewers in Russia and around the globe during the “stay home, stay safe” phase of the CORVID-19 social distancing. Photo courtesy of Bishop Eduard Khegay’s Facebook.

In Europe, closing church can mean opening to others

The coronavirus crisis brings far-flung United Methodists in Eurasia together for worship; stimulates community contact in Norway; allows for new ways to carry on old traditions in Germany and propels a home-bound mask-making venture in Slovakia.
Social Concerns
Participants sing during worship at a United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ pilot project aimed at providing training for pastors and laity who are leading congregations impacted by migration. The session was held Aug. 22-30 at The United Methodist Church of Germany Educational and Training Center in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo by Üllas Tankler, Board of Global Ministries.

Multicultural ministries in the midst of migration

As Methodist congregations across Europe open their doors to migrants, leaders see the need to adapt their ministry to include new and different cultures.
General Church
The executive committee of the United Methodist Church in Germany gathers for a photo during its meeting in Fulda. The committee released a statement saying “the stipulations of the Traditional Plan are not acceptable for our church in Germany.” Photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof.

German church won’t impose Traditional Plan bans

Stipulations in the Traditional Plan approved by General Conference are unacceptable, said the executive committee of The United Methodist Church in Germany.
General Agencies
In the Chapel of Reconciliation at the Berlin Wall Memorial, tour guide Christiane Schmidt (right) explains to those gathered how the altarpiece from the original Church of Reconciliation was damaged when the building was blown up by the East German government in 1985. The piece survived the demolition and now hangs in the new chapel. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany (left) looks on. Photo by Klaus U. Ruof, UMNS.

Berlin trip opens eyes, ears of Church and Society board

Tour of reconciliation chapel at the site of the former Berlin Wall leaves a lasting impression.

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