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Reformation is ‘GPS’ for next 500 years, says S. African Anglican leader in Luther’s town

Reformation is ‘GPS’ for next 500 years, says S. African Anglican leader in Luther’s town

The Reformation was a defining moment 500 years ago but can also serve as an inspiration for the next five centuries, South African Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has told tens of thousands of people at the German Protestant Kirchentag, or church festival.

Ecumenical youth on the move – through GETI with visions for the future

Ecumenical youth on the move – through GETI with visions for the future

“We’ve seen in the case of refugees, how the church takes a strong standpoint in welcoming those who have fled. But it isn’t always so easy in the congregations. There are many who feel fear, as we receive not only refugees but sometimes also people of other faiths. In this case, we can see a gap between what the church says, and what is actually lived.”

Message of reconciliation, truth and justice highlighted at German protestant gathering

Message of reconciliation, truth and justice highlighted at German protestant gathering

Reconciliation was once primarily seen as a message of the church but is now used by secular leaders trying to establish peace in communities torn by conflict and war, the WCC president for Africa, the Rev. Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, has said at a major Protestant gathering in Germany.