Pilgrim Station, Opening worship, "Heavenly Cross" inauguration in the Luther Garden - The day in pictures

15 Jun 2016
Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg

Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg

A solemn opening service in the historic town church in Wittenberg, the unveiling of the redesigned “Heavenly Cross” in the Luther Garden, a "living monument" of the Reformation was followed by a morning of intense discussions with ecumenical partners on the subject of the next LWF Assembly. June 15, 2016 in Wittenberg offered delegates from around the world a full and variety of programing.  


The service in the City Church in Wittenberg, the church where Martin Luther often preached, officiated by Rev. Dr Johannes Block of Wittenberg and the Regional Bishop of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany, Ilse Junkermann. Bishop Gerhard Ulrich, Chairman of the German National Committee of the LWF, conducted the service. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg


As a special guest of honor, the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, took part in the service. A Lutheran theologian, President Gauck thanked the LWF in his opening speech for "practical and spiritual emergency" and for the on-going commitment to ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg


 "Is everyone ready?" LWF President Munib A. Younan, center, and the Federal President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, left, with LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, get ready for the unveiling of the artwork, Heavenly Cross. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux

Heavenly Cross, created by Düsseldorf artist, Thomas Schönauer, consists of three super-imposed floating crosses and stands in the heart of the Luther Rose in Luther Garden. Luther Garden landscape architect, Dr Andreas Kipar, describes the garden as a living monument. It was created in 2008, in order to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 "as a sign of solidarity, connectedness and reconciliation between the churches worldwide." Photo: LWF/C. Kästner


During the morning sessions, stewards provided advice and support to delegates and guests, escorting participants to different venues of the forum. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg


Kurt Cardinal Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, answered questions in the forum Salvation - Not for sale. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg


The Secretary General of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Rev. Chris Ferguson, answered questions from the audience during the forum Human Beings – Not for sale. Photo:LWF/Marko Schoeneberg.


World Council of Churches Secretary General, Rev. Dr Olav Tveit moderates the forum Creation – not for sale, in Wittenberg. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg


Deep discussions took place in the groups discussing the Reformation sub-themes. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg


Prelude to the day: EKD foreign bishop Petra Bosse-Huber holds morning prayer in the town church in Wittenberg. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg

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15 June 2016