The Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz celebrates its 150th anniversary

Published on 29.09.2011

From October 8 through 11, 2011, the world-wide association of the Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz celebrates its 150th anniversary in Dusseldorf-Kaiserswerth. Expected guests are Thomas Wipf, Petra Bosse-Huber, Heather Roy and Annette Leis.

KGK Press Release 2/2011
"In diaconal community – word-wide for others" is the motto of the festivities celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz (KGK). From October 8 through 11, 2011, the association of more than 100 deaconess houses, diaconal communities and diaconal organizations from Europe, North and South America and Asia will meet in Kaiserswerth near Dusseldorf (Germany). More than 160 participants from 13 countries are expected.

The President of the Gemeinschaft Evangelischer Kirchen in Europa (GEKE), Pastor Dr. h.c. Thomas Wipf (Winterthur) will hold the commemorative sermon. Among others, Petra Bosse-Huber, Vice President of the Protestant Church in Rhineland and Heather Roy, Secretary General of Eurodiaconia (Brussels) will address the conference with words of greeting. The ceremonial address will be devoted to current and future challenges. The address will be given by Dr. Annette Leis (University of Uppsala).

A commemorative publication will be released for the 150th anniversary of the General Conference. The topic is: "Diakonie in Community – Perspectives of Successful Motherhouse Diakonie". The conference will be thematically guided by a "spiritual-liturgical ribbon", which was developed by Dr. Reinhild Traitler (CH) and several sisterhoods. The ribbon will place a special spiritual highlight on the event.

The 41st KGK General Conference will take place directly after the anniversary celebrations. The participants in the conference will, among other things, be presented and asked to vote on an updated fundamental order and new electoral rules of the Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz. There will also be a separate, parallel program for former abbots, mothers superior and retired business directors of the KGK member organizations.

The Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz is an association of more than 100 Deaconess Houses, diaconal communities and diaconal organizations from Europe, Nord and South America and Asia.
Members of the KGK Executive Committee are: Pastor Christof Naef (CH), vacant (DK), Vice Rector Deaconess Terttu Pohjolainen (FIN), Prieure Evangeline (F), Director Terje Steen Edvardsen (N), Director Marek Londzin (PL), Deaconess Monica Denk (North America), Abbess Pastor Hannah Becker (G-North), Mother Superior Reinhild Pursche (G-East), Sen. Sr. Deaconess Anke Frickmann (G-West), Board Spokesman Pastor Matthias Dargel (G-West), Mother Superior Sr. Hildegund Fieg (G-South), Sen. Sr. Roswitha Buff (G-South), Rector Mag. Christa Schrauf (A), KR Dr. Christine-Ruth Müller (Secretary General).

Bern/Berlin on September 30, 2011

Media contact:
Dipl. theol. Thomas Flügge, Press Spokesman
Tel.: +41 31 37025 -02, Fax -80
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KR Dr. Christine-Ruth Müller
Managing Director of the Kaiserswerther Verband and Secretary General of the Kaiserswerther Generalkonferenz
Landhausstrasse 10, 10717 Berlin, Tel. +49 30 8642 4170