Evangelical Church of Westphalia

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The Evangelical Church of Westphalia (German: Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen, EKvW) is a United Protestant church body in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The seat of the praeses (German: Präses, the head of the church) is Bielefeld. The EKvW emerged on June 13, 1945, when the ecclesiastical province of Westphalia within the Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union assumed its independence as church body of its own. The EKvW is a full member of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD),and the Reformed Alliance[1] and is a church whose bases are in a Union between parishes in Lutheran and Calvinistic traditions. The church is also a member of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe. Because the church is not run by a "bishop" there is no cathedral. Präses (President) of the church is Annette Kurschus (2012). Annette Kurschus became the first female praeses of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia in 2011.

Practices[edit]

Ordination of women and blessing of same-sex unions were allowed.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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
  2. ^ EKVW:Lebenspartnerschaften (german) Archived May 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 52°01′16.98″N 8°31′59.16″E / 52.0213833°N 8.5331000°E / 52.0213833; 8.5331000