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Meeting in Lübbecke 2016
The Council of Anglican/Episcopal Churches in Germany held its recent semi-annual meeting on 16-17 September in Lübbecke.
The guest speaker for the session was the Rev. Dr. Yazid Said, lecturer in Islamic Studies and author of Ghazali's Politics in Context.
Having grown up as a Christian minority in Jerusalem, Dr. Said's talks examined religious persecution.
In group and plenary discussions, we considered the role of the media in discerning truth, the pressure to conform, and the building of walls in Muslim/Christian relations.
In studying two films, one set in Nigeria and the other in Jerusalem, participants were exposed to a reconciliation of differences between a priest and an imam (Nigeria) and continued hardships suffered by those living in the Holy Land.
Meeting in Wiesbaden 2015
The clergy and lay representatives of 15 Anglican and Episcopal churches spread throughout Germany meet together twice a year – each time in a different city – to discuss among themselves and with the Archdeacon and Bishop(s) – every aspect of the Anglican Communion in Germany – church governance, ethics, finances, mission and outreach and – at the heart of it all – prayer and worship. Each two day meeting (three days for the clergy) spends some time looking at Christian response to a variety of concerns in the world. In 2013, we looked at the Church and Ecology; in 2014 we explored Christian Ministry in Europe and at the March 2015 meeting, we were challenged to think about our approach to Mission and Charity. Each year we are encouraged to bring back the issues to our own churches and look for ways to incorporate them on a long-term basis into our community life.
For the second CAECG meeting in 2015 – hosted by Wiesbaden – two guest speakers were invited. The Rev. Lucinda Laird, Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Paris asked us to consider a number of questions, among them:
- What do Anglicans on the Continent have to offer to post-Christian Europe?
- Who has God called us to minister to? And how?
- Do we take Jesus’ command to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and take in the homeless seriously?
As strangers in strange lands we need to:
- Let go of our assumptions
- Meet people where they are
- Work on joint historical baggage
- Become more Christ-like in our dealings with all our neighbours
In each session we had a chance to discuss these issues and explore in small groups the possibilities we have as individuals/families and church communities to fulfil them.
Our new Archdeacon, the Rev Colin Williams, joined us for the weekend and spoke to us about his role in helping us find the way in which we, as a church community can reflect the both the spirit and the letter of the tasks Jesus set for us.
Meeting in Hamburg 2015
In March 2015, the Spring business Meeting was hosted by the Church of St Thomas Becket in Hamburg. The Clergy met on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and were then joined by the lay delegates on Friday afternoon.
The Friday afternoon was devoted to business and the evening was then finished with a service of evening prayer and a time for fellowship and discussion.
On Saturday morning, the Reverend Steve Smith from Church of the Ascension in Munich gave an interesting and thought provoking presentation on Mission and Charity, which was laced with anecdotes and experiences from, among others, his Churches cooperation with the Roman Orthodox diocese of Husi, Romania.
Bishop Pierre Whalon, Bishop-in-Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, presided at a service of Holy Eucharist, before the meeting was closed and the delegates returned to their home parishes.
Thanks are very definitely due to the Reverend Matthew Jones and the parishioners of St Thomas Becket for all their hard work in hosting the meeting, and for the fantastic organisation and meals that were provided for the delegates.
Meeting in Stuttgart 2014
Early in March, St. Catherine’s Church in Stuttgart hosted the spring meeting for the Anglican and Episcopal churches, which make up CAECG. After a day set aside for clergy meetings, the lay delegates joined in for two half-days to catch up on diocesan news and explore the meaning and modes of mission in Europe.
Church of England Bishop David Hamid and Bishop Pierre Whalon, Bishop-in-Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, presented their experiences of and visions for mission in Europe in very different but complementary ways, then made themselves available for questions and discussion with all of us before we split into smaller groups.
Bishop Pierre asked us to consider:
- How we are following Christ?
- How we are managing God’s assets?
- How education helps us look beyond our own walls to see what needs to be done?
- Why we are here – beyond serving ex-pats?
- The role played by new technology – especially the Internet.
Mission is not a strategy or a plan, nor should it involve starting (rival) churches on top of each other. Rather, it is an outgrowth of examining our life together. Bear witness to Christ in our lives, he urged us, and focus on the essentials. Everything else will flow from that.
Bishop David looked at mission in Europe, noting that mission is God’s way of loving and saving the world and concurring with Bishop Pierre that it is not a theme, a program or a task. The establishment of God’s Kingdom, not the building up of a church is the object.
We are called to spread Gospel values by:
- Proclaiming the Good News of Christ by word and example.
- Transforming unjust structures and pursuing peace and reconciliation.
- Cooperating with other faith groups (ecumenism) to address situations of human concern, work for justice, peace and wholeness of the entire community. This is not about conversion but about service!
- Safeguarding the integrity of creation.
Mission is not about proselytizing or spreading the CofE or planting new churches where there are already established churches using local languages. Diaspora churches serve the needs of those who live far from their own countries and language (i.e. of the 2.2 million British citizens who live abroad, more than 100,000 live in Germany). These ex-pats and their families are those most likely to be involved in CAECG member churches and are, so to speak, our “natural” constituency.
The two days flew by. Good organization, shared worship and the splendid meals put on by St Catherine’s made it feel more like a mini-break than work. The discussions – both formal and informal – provided fresh ideas and perspectives that we hope will be of use as we continue to look at the nature of mission in our chaplaincy.
Meeting September 2013
The meeting was held by the Cologne-Bonn Anglican Chaplaincy in Bonn-Beuel on 20 – 21 September 2013. Our speaker was Martyn Goss.
Summary of Martyn Goss presentation
At its September meeting in Bonn, delegates and guests of the Council of Anglican/Episcopal Churches in Germany were treated to a four-part presentation from Martyn Goss, director of the Council for Church and Society in the diocese of Exeter, Devon, UK. The title of Martyn’s talk was “Shrinking the Footprint: Climate Change Action in Church.”
Goss cited five ways in which churches can become more environmentally responsible:
- Property & Land
- Transport & Travel
- Procurement & Supplies
- Christian Lifestyle
- Theology and Worship
"As part of our Christian understanding, churches are called upon to live in partnership with the rest of God’s creation and have responsibility for using their knowledge to leave a positive legacy for future generations" (quoted from the Diocese of Exeter brochure "Shrinking the Footprint").
Hamburg Kirchentag 2013
Please find here a few photos from the Kirchentag in Hamburg from the 1st to the 5th May 2013.
CAECG Meeting March 2011
The meeting of the CAECG held at Haus Maria Lindenberg in St Peter, near Freiburg on 10 – 12 March 2011.
Maundy Thursday 2011
Diocesan big day live on BBC TV
BBC Television has announced details of its live coverage of the Royal Maundy Ceremony at Westminster Abbey [in London] on Thursday 21st April. Huw Edwards will be hosting the programme on BBC1 and BBC1 in High Definition when forty nominees from the Diocese in Europe will be among the recipients of the Royal Maundy purses.
The Diocesan and Suffragan Bishops will be at the ceremony, with most of the archdeacons who represent this vast diocese which has 270 churches and congregations in 42 countries, across 3 continents and covers one-sixth of the earth’s land surface.
The recipients have been chosen for their contribution to the life of the church within the Diocese in Europe and will each receive two purses. A red purse contains a £5 coin commemorating the Duke of Edinburgh’s ninetieth birthday, and a 50p coin which is one of the twenty nine designs celebrating the forthcoming 2012 London Olympic Games. Both coins have been minted this year.
The white purse contains uniquely minted Maundy Money. This takes the form of one, two, three and four penny pieces in silver, the sum of which equals the number of years the Monarch has years of age. This year there will be 85 pennies worth distributed. All the coins are newly minted this year.
A total of 170 men and women will receive the coins, to mark the Queen’s 85th birthday which, by a happy coincidence, falls on Maundy Thursday this year. The honours are being shared with the Diocese of Sodor and Man, which covers the Isle of Man, and Westminster Abbey which is hosting the occasion. It is the first time that the Diocese in Europe, which was formally created in 1980, has been honoured with a Royal Maundy invitation which will unite the smallest and largest of the 44 dioceses in the Church of England.
Pictures and further coverage of the event will be posted on the diocesan website and later in a special section of the June edition of the diocesan magazine, The European Anglican. BBC television coverage is from 10.45am to 12.15pm.
More information here.
Appeal to the 2008 Lambeth Conference from the Council of Anglican Episcopal Churches in Germany
As the 2008 Lambeth conference approaches, sadly overshadowed by disagreement and disunity within the Anglican Communion, we offer our experience together as an example and model of how Anglicans can and why they must work together.
Since 1996 Church of England chaplaincies and The Episcopal Church parishes in Germany have been officially joined in the Council of Anglican Episcopal Churches in Germany (CAECG). As defined in the Articles of Association of the CAECG our mission is to: “... assist its members in the performance of their missionary task in co-operation with the other churches in Germany, proclaiming the Word of God, administering the Sacraments, pastoral work, religious education, charitable activity and participation in ecumenical endeavours, according to the princi ples of the Anglican Church”
During the past 12 years we have
- enjoyed close fellowship in the partnership of the Gospel,
- exchanged pulpits and shared worship together,
- led retreats and study weekends for each other,
- shared in growing the Anglican presence in Germany,
- acted as the official Anglican voice in Germany, as a full member of the German Council of Churches (both nationally and locally), through our presence at Kirchentag and at other meetings and events and
- helped each other to spread the Good News - not just to expatriates.
This has been an inspiring and spirit-filled experience for us all. We have profited from each other’s ideas, cultures and resources – the whole breadth of the Anglican Communion is alive and well at our bi-annual meetings – and we have learnt that we are more effective together than apart. Our meetings and our whole cooperation are defined by a spirit of mutual understanding and support and by a willingness to combine in our shared mission to the world without power games or competition.
Even if the wider issues of the Communion have not completely passed us by and we have suffered the pain of the withdrawal from our miniature “Communion” of one chaplaincy, the vast majority of Anglicans (people and congregations) in Germany actively supports the CAECG. If we disagree, we do so in dialogue trying to follow the rule “In the primary things, unity; in the secondary things, liberality; in all things, charity” (St Augustine).
Therefore we would like to commend this “grass-roots” Anglican Communion as a model for the whole Church. We not only assure the Lambeth Conference that the Anglican family can thrive together, but also prayer fully appeal to the conference to do all in its power to make sure that we can continue in our work together in Germany and beyond.
Passed at the Spring 2008 General Meeting of the Council of Anglican Episcopal Churches in Germany on 8th March, 2008 at St George’s Church, Berlin.