Introduction to the Berlin Kirchentag

Flight and migration, cohesion in Germany and Europe, as well as religious pluralism and Reformation, will form next year's main thematic priorities at the 36th German Protestant Kirchentag in Berlin and Wittenberg. Overall, about 50 projects and topics are being prepared by volunteer programming bodies.

Topics under development include podium series on peace policy and international order and on the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Events are also planned on "Ecumenism and reformation", the "Theology of participation" and "Images". Three liturgical days, which join a thematic programme with spiritual content and artistic ideas, are planned for the topics "City", "Prayer" and "Flight and homeland". There will also be an evening series "Flirting".

New Centres and Old Acquaintances

Centres, where a programme takes place for three days continuously, are in preparation for, among other things, "Flight, migration, integration", "Muslims and Christians" and "Church of the future". The Centre "Church of the future" is a regional project for which the host Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia (EKBO) will have primary responsibility. The location of the host city Berlin is reflected among other things in a "Central and Eastern Europe Centre" and a panel series "Poland and Germany", which will take place in Potsdam.

In addition to the focal points already mentioned there will be numerous other centres, series and program days on topics with which Kirchentags have been dealing for many years. These include Bible and worship, accessibility and gender, climate protection, and events targeted at children, young people and older people, as well as a varied cultural programme.


Services and Bible studies

  • Bible studies
  • Opening worship in Berlin
  • Daily prayer times (the "daily office" in Anglican-speak)
  • Ecumenical church service for Ascension Day
  • Celebration Eucharist
  • Theology and spirituality
  • Topic day "All inclusive - a theology of participation"
  • Liturgical day "Prayer"
  • Centre "Bible"
  • Centre "Bibliodrama/Bibliology"
  • Liturgical day "Flight and homeland"
  • Spirituality Centre
  • Parish projects
  • Centre "Worship"
  • Liturgical day "City"
  • Centre "Church of the future"
  • Culture

  • Film series "You see me"
  • Concerts
  • Centre "Church Music"
  • Centre "Cultural Church"
  • Regional culture programme
  • Cultural venues (music, theatre, cabaret)
  • Democracy and solidarity

  • Topic day "Europe"
  • Memorial event at the start
  • Centre "Central and Eastern Europe"
  • Panel series "Poland and Germany" (in Potsdam)
  • Podium series "Revolutions"
  • Podium series "Economy, State, community"
  • Cohesion and culture of debate
  • Podium series "Human images"
  • Podium series "Flight, migration, integration" with learning centre "Culture of Welcome"
  • Gender Centre
  • Centre "Rainbow"
  • Centre "Accessibility"
  • Topic day "Medicine and bioethics"
  • Ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue

  • Topic day "Reforming ecumenism - thinking Reformation ecumenically"
  • Topic day "What is mission? Believing in a plural world"
  • Lunch table of migration churches
  • Long night of religions on the occasion of the Kirchentag
  • Centre "Jews and Christians"
  • Centre "Muslims and Christians"
  • Topic day "Women's basic faculty of Interreligious Theology"
  • Centre "World views"
  • Peace and sustainability

  • Panel series "Peace"
  • Podium series "Sustainable development objectives - developing country Germany"
  • Podium series "Food and agriculture"
  • Podium series "Consequences of climate change" (in Potsdam)
  • Centre "Reformation and transformation - Ecumenical perspectives" (in English)
  • From young to old

  • Centre "Ageing"
  • Evening series "Flirting"
  • Centre "Youth" (including confirmation program)
  • Centre "Children"
  • Centre "Students"
  • Celebration weekend

  • Night of lights
  • Festal act of worship at the meadow in Wittenberg
  • Celebration of Encounter in Wittenberg
  • Concert by "Live ' 17"
  • also

  • Events in Wittenberg
  • Evening of encounter in Berlin
  • Open-air programme
  • Counselling and pastoral care
  • Market of possibilities
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