Wednesday, April 22, 2009

German ecumenical extravaganza to blow 20 million euros in five days

from Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd) - Landesdienst Bayern (Protestant Press Service).

Archbishop Marx: Ecumenical Church Conference is an international event

Approach presented to Munich city representatives

Munich (epd). The Second Ecumenical Church Day 2010 in Munich, according to the Munich Catholic Archbishop Reinhard Marx, will be a major international event with guests from all over the world present. He called on the city and citizens to give the guests an open and hospitable reception. "It should be a cheerful and encouraging ecumenical Church Conference," said the archbishop on Monday evening to city and district councillors ., Marx conveyed explicitly to the meeting the greetings of the Bavarian Lutheran bishop Johannes Friedrich. The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, and the Protestant Regional Church are jointly hosting the event.

The Secretaries-General of the Ecumenical Church Conference, Ellen Ueberschär (Protestant) and Stefan Vesper (Catholic), presented their plans to the local representatives. The laity meeting, to which more than 100,000 participants are expected will take place between 12 and 16 May 2010 with a biblical theme "Thereby you have hope" (Cathcon a misquote of 1 Peter 1:21 that your faith and hope might be in God- omits the Faith!) will take place. There are around 2,500 planned event with the goal that ecumenical cooperation, the Christian identity and also the dialogue of religions should be strengthened. The contents are currently being considered in various project committees said Ueberschär. "There will be a huge interest in social issues," she added. (Cathcon- this does involve the Catholic Church in Germany who before anything else are “Sozial”. )

The prelude to the Church Conference will be several services celebrated throughout the city, and an associated invitation to a "night of encounter". The colorful street party with up to 500 booths and 16 large stages the organizers expect will attact a total of approximately 400,000 guests, including many visitors from the city and surrounding areas. The central venue of the Church Conference will be the exhibition halls in Riem. In the city centre over the five days, there will be numerous events.

The Ecumenical Church Day is jointly organized by the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZDK) and the Bureau of the German Protestant Church Day (DEKT). At the top of the organisation are the two presidents, Hans Joachim Meyer (ZDK), and the Bayreuth Medicine Professor Eckhard Nagel. The Church Conference according to their own estimates will have a budget of around 20 million euros. The First Ecumenical Church Conference with more than 200,000 participants took place in 2003 in Berlin.

(Cathcon- leading to a priest, Gotthold Hasenhüttl being suspended for a joint “Eucharist” with Protestant ministers).

Cathcon- what a waste of money- but this is the counttry where their Bishops' Conference meets in a five star hotel even when there is a large enough monastery nearby.

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