The initial idea to organise a Twin-Consultation in the run-up to the Reformation anniversary was sparked off when representatives of the Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany and Bread for the World asked themselves whether central concerns of the Reformation, which originated 500 years ago in Europe, still have a relevance today in very different contexts.
* Is there an appropriate awareness in Western Europe, how ecumenical partners worldwide have related to reformational traditions and how these partners have continued to develop these traditions further in very diverse contexts and challenges?
* In which way have reformational traditions and developments in civil society had an influence on each other?
* What role do education processes play – starting from human rights education through to theological training – and how can these bring about positive change in societies and churches?
Above questions prompted the idea to invite representatives of different backgrounds and denominations in order to enter in to a more in-depth dialogue. Thus a plan for an international Twin-Consultation developed, and appealed to national as well as international partners. From this an organising Body, cooperation Partners and further supporters joined forces and constituted the project Group, which has taken over the coordination. For all of them it is paramount that the Twin-Consultation is related to other explorations taking place in the run-up to the Reformation anniversary.
Ecumenical setting of the organizers
On the initiative of its member churches the WCC has expressed an invitation to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. R-E-T is intended as a station on this pilgrimage.
has developed a website Liberated by God’s Grace and published a flyer on activities around the anniversary of the Reformation. The LWF has also opened an office in the town of Wittenberg.
will held the General Assemly in 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. Education and tradition of reformed churches will be the main issues.