VELKDVereinigte Evangelisch Lutherische Kirche Deutschlands (German church group)
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29-31 meeting of the VELKD synod, the German Lutherans appear to have settled on a "connection model," which would enhance their participation in the EKD but keep their structures distinct.
According to VELKD Presiding Bishop Hans Christian Knuth, the new guide was necessary because worship is shaped not only by the words, songs, and music, "but also by the conduct and actions of the liturgical leader." (Die Welt, July 2, 2002)
Erwartungen des bayerischen Landebischofs and Catholica-Beauflragten der VELKD," pp.
Zu einem Positionspapier der Kirchenleitung der VELKD," pp.
1.3 A new perception of the Declaration as a confession at the Reisensburg Symposium of the VELKD
(20) These mark a clear revision of the attitude--"divided from the outset"--of Lutheran theology and the Lutheran church to the Barmen Declaration: "Ay a consequence of church-political conflicts and because of theological ambiguities in the constitutions of the Lutheran regional churches after 1945, and that of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, the binding validity of the Barmen Theological Declaration has never been stated with sufficient clarity." (21) This comment no doubt also applies to the fact that, in the constitutions of most Lutheran regional churches, the Barmen Declaration has been historically reduced to the rejections expressed at that time, as for example in that of the VELKD: "The rejections expressed there (i.e.
So it was, for example, that the suggestion made in 1949 that a common communion service should be held at the next EKD synod came to nothing because the VELKD, which had meanwhile also been founded, objected that the emergency wartime situation should not be taken up as general practice.
That being said, the new constitution of the VELKD of 3 Match 2007 does not seem to have incorporated this change for, with regard to Barmen, it has not moved away from the well-known minimal reception of 1948: "The rejections expressed there, interpreted by the Lutheran confession of faith, continue to be the standard for the Church's action."
While the VELKD has good reasons to insist on the confessional basis of its faith and action, is it not perhaps time, after 75 years of careful testing and interpretation, to set the Barmen Declaration of 1934, which also had the assent of legitimate confessional Lutheran representatives, on an equal footing alongside the Lutheran confession according to its constitution, the "unaltered Augsburg Confession" and Luther's Small Catechism?
VELKD, <<Erklarung des okumenischen Ausschusses der vereignigten evangelisch-lutherische Kirche Deutschlands zur Frage der apostolische Sukzession>>, en Evangelische-lutherische Kirchenzeitung 12 (1958) 72-74.
United Evangelical Lutheran Church (Germany): Gedanken und Massstabe zum Dienst von Homophilen in der Kirche: Eine Orientierungshilfe (Texte der VELKD, no.
United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany: Die Ehe als Leitbild christlicher Orientierung: Gutachtliche Stellungnahme der Kirchenleitung der VELKD zum Einspruch des Bischofskollegiums gegen einen Beschluss der Synode der Nordelbischen Ev.-Luth.