WCC at the German Protestant Kirchentag in Nuremberg

The 38th German Protestant Kirchentag will take place in in Nuremberg, Germany on 7 – 11 June 2023, gathering more than 100,000 participants from Germany and beyond.


World Council of Churches booth at the German Protestant festival Kirchentag 2019 was attented by many visitors interested in Thursdays in Black campaign, studies in the Bossey institute and ecumenical movement in general.


World Council of Churches will be present with a booth in the Kirchentag’s exhibition space “Market of Opportunities” – hall 9, stand 9-C32.

The “Market of opportunities” is at the heart of the Kirchentag and over the years has developed into a vital meeting place for groups working in church and society, with over 500 participants presenting their work.

The theme of the Kirchentag 2023 is chosen from Mark 1:15 - Now is the time! “It‘s Kirchentag time – in the midst of crisis, faced with Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, in the middle of global warming”, says Dr Kristin Jahn, general secretary of Kirchentag.

The Kirchentag festival takes place every two years in a different German city, gathering participants of all age groups and personalities from political, economic and national life.

The German Protestant Kirchentag is the same age as the German Federal Republic – it was founded in 1949 as a movement of Protestant lay people, and has grown as a lay movement from the grassroots.

The Kirchentag also serves as a major forum for debates on a matters relevant to the society such as peace, human rights, climate change. Alongside discussions, it offers opportunities for worship, music and culture.

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