The Evangelical Church in Germany ( German: Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, abbreviated EKD) is a federation of twenty Lutheran, Reformed ( Calvinist) and United (e.g. Prussian Union) Protestant regional churches and denominations in Germany, which collectively encompasses the vast majority of Protestants in that country.
The Protestant Evangelical Church in Germany (German: Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, abbreviated EKD) is a group of 20 regional churches. They are made up of two Reformed ( Calvinist ), 9 Lutheran and 9 United (Lutheran-Reformed) churches. The Moravian Church and the Federation of Evangelical Reformed Congregations are associate members.
The German Evangelical Church (German: Deutsche Evangelische Kirche) was a successor to the German Evangelical Church Confederation from 1933 until 1945. The German Christians , an antisemitic and racist pressure group and Kirchenpartei ,  gained enough power on boards of the member churches to be able to install Ludwig Müller to the office of Reichsbischof [ de ] in the 1933 church elections.
The Church is a full member of the federation of Lutheran, Reformed and United Protestant churches in Germany called Evangelical Church in Germany. Its principal church is Magdeburg Cathedral. Ilse Junkermann was the Landesbischof (bishop) of the church from 2009 for 10 years. In September 2019, Friedrich Kramer (b. 1964) became her successor. Practices. Ordination of women and blessing of same-sex marriages are allowed. References
The German Evangelical Church Assembly is an assembly of lay members of the Evangelical Church in Germany, that organises biennial events of faith, culture and political discussion.
The biennial five-day convention, the main mission of the organisation, was founded in 1949 by laypeople, with the intention of strengthening the democratic culture, following Nazi rule and the Second World War. During the 1970s and 1980s, Kirchentag was strongly affected by the peace movement and became a key platform for Christian pacifism.
The German Evangelical Church Assembly sees itself as a free movement of people brought together by their Christian faith and engagement in the future of the Evangelical Church and wider society. The assembly partakes in bible study, lectures, and discussions, and also hosts concerts. The five-day Kirchentag festival, or convention, takes place in ...
Between 1848 and 1872 conventions of Protestant clergy were held under the same German name as they are nowadays: Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag. For a description, see the Evangelical Church Conference.