Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia


Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia

Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia ( _de. Evangelische Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz) is a Protestant church in the German states of Brandenburg, Berlin and a part of Saxony. The seat of the church is in Berlin. It is the most important Protestant denomination in the area.

It is a full member of the Evangelical Church in Germany EKD, and is a United church. The leader of the church is bishop Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huber (2006).The Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia is one of 23 Lutheran, Reformed, and United churches of the EKD. The church has around 1,200,000 members (December 2005) in 1,770 parishes.

The church is a member of the Union of Evangelical Churches and the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe. In Berlin and Görlitz the church runs two academies.

Marienkirche is the church of the bishop of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia with Berlin Cathedral being under joint supervision of all the member churches of the Union of Evangelical Churches.

Some theological statements

The theology of the church goes back to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. The ordination of women is allowed, and the blessing of same-sex unions has been allowed by the synod but depends on the local church administration.

Leading persons and bishops (since 1934) in history

The leading bishop is elected for ten years from the synod and can be reelected for a second term. Before 1934 the leader of the church was called "Generalsuperintendent". After the merger of the independent churches Berlin-Brandenburg and Silesian Upper Lusatia in 2004 Wolfgang Huber has been the bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia

Berlin-Brandenburg

* 1830 - 1865: D. Gottlieb Neander, Kurmark
* 1853 - 1873: D. Wilhelm Hoffmann, Kurmark
* 1871 - 1892: D. Bruno Brückner, Berlin
* 1893 - 1911: D. Wilhelm Faber, Berlin
* 1911 - 1933: D. Wilhelm Haendler, Berlin
* 1912 - 1918: D. Friedrich Lahusen, Berlin
* 1921 - 1927: D. Georg Burghart, Berlin
* 1925 - 1933: D. Dr. Otto Dibelius, Kurmark
* 1928 - 1933: D. Emil Karow, since 1934 bishop
* 1933 - 1945?: D. Emil Karow, ab 1934 bishop
* 1945 - 1966: D.Dr. Otto Dibelius, bishop
* 1966 - 1972: D. Kurt Scharf, bischopWest 1972-1991:
* 1972 - 1976: D. Kurt Scharf
* 1976 - 1991: Dr. theol. Martin Kruse, bishopEast 1972- 1991:
* 1972 - 1981: D. h.c. Albrecht Schönherr, bishop
* 1981 - 1991: Dr. theol. Gottfried Forck, bishopsince 1991:
* 1991 - 1993: Dr. theol. Martin Kruse, bishop
* 1994 - 2004: Prof. Dr. theol. Wolfgang Huber, bishop

Bishops from Silesian Upper Lusatia

* 1918 - 1925: ?
* 1925 - 1945: D.Otto Zänker Generalsuperintendent, since 1935 bishop from Silesian Upper Lusatia
* 1945 - 1963: D. Ernst Hornig Präses, ab 1946 bishop
* 1964 - 1979: D. Hans-Joachim Fränkel, bishop
* 1979 - 1985: Hanns-Joachim Wollstadt, bishop
* 1986 - 1994: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Joachim Rogge, bishop
* 1994 - 2004: Klaus Wollenweber, bishop

Bishops from Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia

* 2004 - today: Wolfgang Huber, bishop


= Synod (= Landessynode)=

The election of the synod is for six years. The synod meets each year in Berlin. The Leader of the synod is called "Präses".

Books

* Berlin-Brandenburg:
** Gesangbuch zum gottesdienstlichen Gebrauch für evangelische Gemeinen, Berlin, 1829
** Evangelisches Gesangbuch, nach Zustimmung der Provinzialsynode vom Jahre 1884 zur Einführung in der Provinz Brandenburg mit Genehmigung des Evang. Oberkirchenrats herausgegeben vom Königlichen Konsistorium, Berlin, 1884
** Evangelisches Gesangbuch for Brandenburg and Pommern, Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder; eingeführt durch Beschlüsse der Provinzialsynoden der Kirchenprovinz Pommern 1925 and 1927 and Mark Brandenburg 1927 and 1929 and nach der Notverordnung des Kirchensenats from August, 7 1931 published from the Provinzialkirchenräten Brandenburg and Pommern 1931
** Evangelisches Kirchengesangbuch, Edition for the Evangelische Kirche in Berlin-Brandenburg; Ausgabe für die Konsistorialbezirke Berlin, Magdeburg, Greifswald und Görlitz und der Evang. Landeskirche Anhalts" bzw. "Evangelisches Kirchengesangbuch, Ausgabe für die Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalt, Evang. Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg, Evang. Kirche des Görlitzer Kirchengebietes, Evang. Landeskirche Greifswald, Evang. Kirche der Kirchenprovinz Sachsen"
** Evangelisches Gesangbuch, Edition for the Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalts, die Evangelische Kirche in Berlin-Brandenburg, die Evangelische Kirche der schlesischen Oberlausitz, die Pommersche Evangelische Kirche, die Evangelische Kirche der Kirchenprovinz Sachsen, Berlin/Leipzig; eingeführt am Reformationstag, 31. Oktober 1993
* Silesian Upper Lusatia:
** Gesangbuch für Evangelische Gemeinden Schlesiens; since 1878
** Schlesisches Provinzial-Gesangbuch; since 1908
** Evangelisches Kirchen-Gesangbuch (EKG) - Edition for the Konsistorialbezirke Berlin, Magdeburg, Greifswald und Görlitz and the Evang. Landeskirche Anhalts/ Edition for the Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalt, Evangelische Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg, Evangelische Kirche des Görlitzer Kirchengebietes, Evangelische Landeskirche Greifswald, Evangelische Kirche der Kirchenprovinz Sachsen; since 1953
** Evangelisches Gesangbuch - Edition for the Evangelische Landeskirche Anhalts, the Evangelische Kirche in Berlin-Brandenburg, the Evangelische Kirche der schlesischen Oberlausitz, the Pommersche Evangelische Kirche, the Evangelische Kirche der Kirchenprovinz Sachsen; since Mai 1994

External links

* [http://www.ekbo.de Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia]
* [http://www.ekd.de Evangelical Church in Germany]


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