Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate-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.

Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck
Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck Logo.svg
AbbreviationEKKW
TypeLandeskirche, member of the Evangelical Church in Germany
ClassificationProtestant
OrientationUnited Protestant (Lutheran & Reformed)
LeaderBishop Beate Hofmann
AssociationsUnion Evangelischer Kirchen, Reformed Alliance
Region~ 10.000 km² in northern and eastern Hesse, Schmalkalden in Thuringia
HeadquartersKassel, Germany
Origin1934
Merger ofProtestant Churches of Hesse-Kassel and Waldeck
Members800.663 (2018)
43,1% of total population[1]
Official websitehttp://www.ekkw.de/
Karte der Evangelischen Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck

ConstitutionEdit

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 since October 1, 2019 Beate Hofmann. 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.

BishopsEdit

  • 1924–1934: Heinrich Möller
  • June–December 1934: Karl Theys
  • 1935–1945: Friedrich Happich,
  • 1945–1963: Adolf Wüstemann
  • 1963–1978: Erich Vellmer
  • 1978–1991: Hans-Gernot Jung
  • 1991–1992: Erhard Giesler
  • 1992–2000: Christian Zippert
  • 2000–2019: Martin Hein
  • 2019–: Beate Hofmann

HistoryEdit

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).

PracticesEdit

Ordination of women and blessing of same-sex marriages were allowed.[3][4][5]

SourcesEdit

  • 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).

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