Ecumenical efforts doesn’t mean that we try to get back the non-Catholic Christians into our church, but to have a good relationship in the greater family of God. Joint events, talks or services are already in place.
God likes variety. We observe this in nature: An enormous variety of plants or animals, and also the variety of human races, cultures and languages. Why should it be different in religion?
Our Lutheran German-Speaking partner-community is St. Martini in Long Street. This year, 2011, they are celebrating their 150th anniversary.
Until now we have had each year one joint Sunday service, alternating between the two churches. And we Catholics have invited other Christians also to a service at the Salvator-Sunday at the “Paulaner Anstich” during lent. Our Christmas carol service in Advent is a joint celebration each year.
The two pastors have agreed to increase our ecumenical efforts. Good occasions could be the International Women’s Day of prayer in March, an Open Air service or other similar occasions.
The St. Martini Community
240 Long Street
Pastor: Claudia Nolte-Schamm