"Evil Inside" Techno-Liturgical Experiment

The liturgical experiment in Suite 15 was successful. Around 100 mainly young guests enthusiastically took up the alternative service in the discotheque. Under the name "Evil Inside", the Kolping Youth and the Association of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) had invited people to a devotional hour on St. Peters Way. 

Poverty, hunger, war, flight and expulsion - all these were addressed by the Kolping diocesan chaplain, Stefan Wissel on Saturday evening in that "Techno worship", which was understood by his visitors as an appeal to humanity. Among other things, Wissel picked up on the biblical theme of fratricide and asked whether evil in man is also slumbering. "Man stifles by his own indifference and oblivion," he denounced in his sermon. Wissel critically considered border closure within Europe and the increasingly hostile attitude towards refugees. "Lonely and abandoned", they have to endure at the borders of Europe.

 The "Techno worship" in the Suite 15 on Saturday evening took up issues such as war, flight and expulsion. The dancers of the Hoffmann ballet school realized this content artistically "What is really important to us in life?" Wissel asked. To grieve once collectively - and "continue as before?". In the end, according to his conclusion, each person contributes with his personal decision to the big picture. "You co-create good in the world or build your end in indifference and selfishness. You decide." 

 The techno service was accompanied by dancing performances by the ballet school Hoffmann. The young actors entered the stage wearing worn clothes and depicting those who fled the war and had to leave everything behind. Covered in blood and bullet holes in their T-shirts, they wandered around - not knowing where to go. "It was a great challenge for us to portray this," said trainer Bettina Hoffmann in an interview with our newspaper. In order to plan the choreography, she had been given insight into the pictures, which were then presented on the big screen during the service. So, she adapted her stage program to the scenario of war, violence and expulsion, to implement the subject in an artistic way. 

 In the opinion of the visitors, this was just as successful as the worship itself. "I'll go there more often," said 18-year-old Patrick Willner from Kelheim. "The choreography is well done and appeals to young people like me. The service is just different. " Kerstin Dietzinger from the Kolping Diocesan Youth sees this similarly. At the end of the devotional evening, she was "torn" by the images, scenes and words that accompanied the service. Furthermore, she thinks it's great that the service took place where the "life-world of young people" takes place. And even the music selection, which included even Metal and Industrial music, was the evening justice. 

 With the “Our Father" and the blessing Wissel concluded the extraordinary event.

Cathcon: the chaplain appeals to Pope Francis saying that people should be met where they are......this just leaves them where they are!

"Mysticism, drama and cult music will be experimented with. Although the spoken word is not the main element as in traditional worship, it will still be a part of the sermon. Wissel sees it as an "attempt to go to the edges with liturgy" and reach out to people - especially the youth. He cites Pope Francis in a similar way, who demands that exactly those people at the margins of the church should say how they should be and how they should change. For he too does not shy away from the fact that in the meantime it would only be a "residual church".

  Source- which was an announcement of the event now taken place.

The priest subsequently resigned from Kolping for unclear, personal reasons....


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