Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate-Waldeck

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Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck
Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck Logo.svg
Abbreviation EKKW
Type Landeskirche, member of the Evangelical Church in Germany
Classification Protestant
Orientation United Protestant (Lutheran & Reformed)
Leader Bishop Martin Hein
Associations Union Evangelischer Kirchen, Reformed Alliance
Region ~ 10.000 km² in northern and eastern Hesse, Schmalkalden in Thuringia
Headquarters Kassel, Germany
Origin 1934
Merger of Protestant Churches of Hesse-Kassel and Waldeck
Members 843.970 (2015)
45,8% of total population[1]
Official website http://www.ekkw.de/
Karte der Evangelischen Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck

The Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate-Waldeck (German: Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck; EKKW) is a United Protestant church body in former Hesse-Cassel and the Waldeck part of the former Free State of Waldeck-Pyrmont.

Constitution[edit]

The EKKW is a full member of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the Reformed Alliance,[2] and is based on the teachings presented by Martin Luther during the Reformation. Their Bishop is Martin Hein. The bishop's preaching venue is the Martinskirche in Kassel. It is a Protestant church united in administration, comprising Lutheran, Reformed (Calvinist), and Protestant union congregations upholding Calvinist (Reformed) and Lutheran traditions. The Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate-Waldeck is one of 20 churches within the EKD.

History[edit]

The Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate-Waldeck was founded in 1934 through a merger of two other formerly independent churches: the Evangelical Church of Electoral Hesse and the Evangelical State Church of Waldeck and Pyrmont (Waldeck part).

Practices[edit]

Ordination of women and blessing of same-sex unions were allowed.[3][4]

Sources[edit]

  • Michael Hederich: Um die Freiheit der Kirche. Geschichte der Evangelischen Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck. Evangelischer Presseverband Kurhessen-Waldeck, Kassel 1972 (Monographia Hassiae 1, ISSN 0720-4671).
  • Sebastian Parker: Die Marburger Konferenz. Fusionspläne und Zusammenarbeit hessischer evangelischer Landeskirchen im 20. Jahrhundert. Verlag der Hessische Kirchengeschichtlichen Vereinigung, Darmstadt u. a. 2008, ISBN 978-3-931849-28-3 (Quellen und Studien zur hessischen Kirchengeschichte 16), (Zugleich: Darmstadt, Techn. Hochsch., Magisterarbeit, 2004).
  • Karl Schilling: Der Zusammenschluss der Landeskirchen Waldeck und Hessen-Kassel. In: Waldeckischer Landeskalender. 2009 (2008), ZDB-ID 513652-0, S. 80–92.
  • Dieter Waßmann: Waldeck. Geschichte einer Landeskirche. Evangelischer Presseverband Kurhessen-Waldeck, Kassel 1984, ISBN 3-920310-40-3 (Monographia Hassiae 10).

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland - Kirchemitgliederzahlen Stand 31.12.2015 EKD Januar 2017
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.  www.reformierter-bund.de/side.php?news_id=113&part_id=0&navi=1
  3. ^ Wiesbadener Tagblatt:Synode billigt Segnung homosexueller Paare (german)[dead link]
  4. ^ Osthessen-News:Synode für öffentliche Segnung von Paaren in eingetragenen Lebenspartnerschaft