Reichenberg Fellowship

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The Reichenberg Fellowship is a German non-denominational ecumenical community. In German it is called the Offensive Junger Christen (OJC) e.V.. It belongs to the EKD and is situated in Reichelsheim in the Odenwald.


The community was founded by Irmela and Horst-Klaus Hofmann as a contrast movement to the Protests of 1968.[1][2] Horst-Klaus Hofmann was executive secretary of the YMCA-Mannheim and held Christian youth meetings in the offices of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary in Darmstadt. They invited students to share their family life in their home in Bensheim, Odenwald. The family grew to an extended family[3] and subsequently to a Christian community. They moved to Bensheim, Odenwald and bought the Reichenberg castle.

Since 1999 the community defines itself as ecumenical.


The community is led by Prior Dominik Klenk[4] and consists of about 100 full members.[5]

The Reichenberg Fellowship is member of the EKD charity organization Diakonie and of the German Association of Youth Missionary Movements. The “Reichelsheim European Youth Center” is Chapter of YMCA.[6]

The German Institute for Youth and Society, (Deutsches Institut für Jugend und Gesellschaft (DIJG)) is the OJC's center for study and research.[7] Director is Christl Ruth Vonholdt. Arthur A. Goldberg is one of its advisory council members.

The Reichenberg Fellowship operates mainly on donations.

Basic activities[edit]

The Fellowship exists of

Entrance of Reichenberg Castle with St. Michael's Chapel on the right
  • Reichenberg Castle with
    • conference work,
    • Schlosscafe and
    • the gothic St. Michael's Chapel,
  • the Reichelsheim European Youth Center (REZ) with local and regional YMCA-Youth Work and international youth conferences consisting of
  • the Wellhouse (Quellhaus), with two families and four singles building a residential community
  • the seminar for biblical counselling with
    • counselling training,
    • the journal Brennpunkt Seelsorge for Pastoral care
    • lectures
  • the German Institute for Youth and Society (Deutsches Institut für Jugend und Gesellschaft, abbreviated DIJG) with scientific studies and publications, the journal "Bulletin" and
  • the OJC community in Greifswald with the Biblical counselling action committee, conferences and community ministries
  • a library

International Activities[edit]

The supporting non-profit association today has outreach ministries in Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brasilia, Burkina Faso, Congo, Fidschi and Honduras in development cooperation as NGO.[8]

Since 1993, the Reichenberg Fellowship has led international building camps in Germany, Macedonia, Croatia and Russia. The young people between the ages of 16 and 26 have had the opportunity to work with others of different nationality, confession and language.

German Institute for Youth and Society[edit]

The German Institute for Youth and Society (Deutsches Institut für Jugend und Gesellschaft) is led by Christl Ruth Vonholdt and is the apologetic branch of the Reichenberg Fellowship. It publishes its own research and translates English publications into German.

The institute cooperates with the following organisations:

Publishing activities[edit]

The OJC publishes the journals Salzkorn. Anstiftung zum gemeinsamen Christenleben ("Grain of Salt", for friends and supporters, 6 times a year), Brennpunkt Seelsorge. Beiträge zur biblischen Lebensberatung ("Focus: Counselling" 4-6x times a year).

Members of the community including Irmela Hofmann, Horst-Klaus Hofmann and Christl Ruth Vonholdt have also published several books themselves.

  • Differentielle Wirkungen der Praxis der Transzendentalen Meditation (TM) - Eine empirische Analyse pathogener Strukturen als Hilfe für die Beratung. Bensheim 1980, Selbstverlag
  • Translation of: D. Mitchell Whitman: Brecht das Schweigen. Sexuelle Gewalt gegen Kinder. Titel der amerikanischen Originalausgabe: Child sexual abuse. An overview and teaching manual for clergy and other Christian leaders. Neukirchen-Vluyn 1993, ISBN 3-7615-4871-0
  • Translation of: Joseph Nicolosi: Homosexualität muss kein Schicksal sein, Gesprächsprotokolle einer alternativen Therapie. Eine Veröffentlichung des Deutschen Instituts für Jugend und Gesellschaft, Schloss Reichenberg. Titel der amerikanischen Originalausgabe: Healing Homosexuality. Case Stories of Reparative Therapy. Mit einem Vorwort zur deutschen Ausgabe von Roland Werner und einem Geleitwort von Christl Ruth Vonholdt. Neukirchen-Vluyn 1995, ISBN 3-7615-4900-8
  • Offensive Junger Christen: Homosexualität und christliche Seelsorge. Dokumentation eines ökumenischen Symposiums. Veranstaltet vom Deutschen Institut für Jugend und Gesellschaft (OJC), Reichelsheim. Offensive Junger Christen/Aussaat Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 1995, ISBN 3-7615-4911-3
  • Christl Ruth Vonholdt (Ed.): Striving for Gender Identity: Homosexuals and Christian Counseling. A workbook for the Church. Reichelsheim 1996, Selbstverlag
  • Ralph Pechmann und Martin Reppenhagen (Hrsg.): Mission im Widerspruch. Religionstheologische Fragen heute und Mission morgen. Eine Veröffentlichung des Deutschen Instituts für Jugend und Gesellschaft. Neukirchen-Vluyn 1999, ISBN 3-7887-1770-X
  • Ralph Pechmann und Martin Reppenhagen (Hrsg.): Zeugnis im Dialog der Religionen und der Postmoderne. Eine Veröffentlichung des Deutschen Instituts für Jugend und Gesellschaft. Neukirchen-Vluyn 1999, ISBN 3-7887-1769-6
  • Translation of: Richard Cohen: Ein anderes Coming-Out. Titel der amerikanischen Originalausgabe: Coming Out Straight. Understanding and Healing Homosexuality. 2. unveränderte Auflage, Brunnen-Verlag, Gießen 2001, ISBN 3-7655-1219-2


  • general
  1. ^ Der Fels. Katholisches Wort in die Zeit 39. Jahr, May 2008, p. 156
  2. ^ Angela Ludwig befragt Horst-Klaus Hofmann, 2008: Rot leuchteten die Sterne Die andere 68er Revolution lebt. Salzkorn. 2008/2 archivated from original September 13., 2010.
  3. ^ See: Hofmann, Irmela [Hrsg.]: Ausbruch - Abenteuer einer Großfamilie / Irmela Hofmann (Hrsg.), Gießen ; Basel : Brunnen-Verl., ISBN 3-7655-6329-3, 1998 with contributions to the 30 years anniversary of the Reichenberg Fellowship.
  4. ^
  5. ^ See photos and names in Salzkorn 6/2008 pp. 216 ff. and 224 ff.
  6. ^ Reichenberg Fellowship: Aktuelles.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Paritätischem Wohlfahrtsverband
  • German Institute for Youth and Society
  1. ^ PATH press release 8 July 2003: "diverse coalition forms to support people seeking 'non-gay' alternatives to unwanted homosexuality" (last paragraph), viewed 11 October 2009.

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