• More on the Moravians in Herrnhut

    I would like to reflect a little bit more on the Church Hall of the Moravian Church congregation of Herrnhut, which was mentioned by Dima in the previous post. What grasped my attention foremost was the fact that there was neither a pulpit nor an altar in the church but only a big green table. The reason for such a furnishing of the prayer hall points to the continuing emphasis on the origin of the Moravian Church organised on the basis of the priesthood of all believers. Raised or privileged places for clergy are therefore not part of the church furnishing. Many of the various services are held by laypersons.…

  • Stay at the cloister in Erfurt

    Ruslan, our Magister student from Kyrgyzstan, sent in his impressions from the Bible, Community and Context students’ trip to Germany in the footsteps of Martin Luther: Early morning. I wake up at 06:30 to have time for making pictures around the cloister. After 20 minutes I am ready to walk and experience something of the old Erfurt. Waking up in the monastery where Luther lived as a monk is a vivid impression itself, but my heart is craving for more. So I go out and my next experience is not so nice – a typical European cold rain. I try to find something interesting around, but can’t because of the…

  • Anabaptists in Wartburg

    It is well known that Wartburg castle, which the students visited two weeks ago, is famous due to many historical events that have happened there. For example, after Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Church in Wittenberg in 1517, he initiated the reformation period which led to the formation of the Protestant – Lutheran church. He was excommunicated by the Pope as a heretic and outlawed by the emperor after refusing to revoke his teachings at the imperial diet of Worms. He then found refuge behind the mighty walls of Wartburgh on May 4, 1521 and lived there for ten months. Most of the writers dealing with…

  • Visit to Herrnhut

    Our Bible, Community and Context students had another trip on Monday – this time to Herrnhut, where the persecuted Moravians of the 18th century settled in what was Count von Zinzendorf’s estate. Dmitry (Ukraine) reflects: It was a great experience to visit the place which is well known because of the Moravian revival and their prayers, hymns and mission. We visited their white community house for gathering and the archive where we found some of the old documents with Zinzendorf’s own corrections. But it was more than books. Even though we were there for a short time only, we could feel the atmosphere and to talk to the people who are…

  • In the footsteps of Martin Luther

    Sunday and Monday, a group of students, led by Peter Penner, held a special session of their Bible, Community and Context module: a field trip to see Wartburg, Wittenberg and the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, with the purpose of engaging with the life and work of Luther. Jenny (Kazakhstan) and Radostina (Bulgaria) share this picture and their impressions: It was really special to be able to see where Luther lived when he was translating the Bible. Being in Wartburg castle felt like seeing and touching the time when he lived. We actually expected to see a place with no electricity or water but were impressed to discover it was a very…

  • Congratulations Mr and Mrs Alexander. It’s the CAT Programme.

    Alex and Phil have been a part of our community for a couple of years already, with Alex graduating last May with an MTh in Applied Theology. Phil has been involved in teaching English and is also working towards an MTh in Contextual Missiology. This year, they are leading our Certificate in Applied Theology programme. Phil is reflecting on their first days with the new students: Over the previous four months Alex and I have been happy, excited but, let’s face it, mostly terrified due to our imminent venture into the seemingly uncharted territory of parenthood. Life has become much more focussed on internet searches for the most versatile buggies (strollers)…