Ten leaders and representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD), the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD), and the Union of Evangelical Churches (UEK) plan to visit the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to learn more about current trends in theological education and the training of ELCA ministers. Dr. Wolfgang Huber, Chairman of the EKD Council and Bishop of the Protestant Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, will present a lecture, "The Heritage of the Reformation and the Impact of the Leuenberg Agreement" at 11:30 a.m. on September 25. The Rev. Helmut Voelkel, Bishop of Ansbach-Wuerzburg in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bavaria will preach during 11 a.m. worship in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. Both events are free and open to the public.
Before reaching Chicago, the delegation will visit Washington, D.C., New York, and St. Louis, Mo. The delegation includes Ms. Kara Huber, spouse of Bishop Huber; Ms. Margit Fleckenstein, president of the Synod of the Protestant Church in Baden; Mr. Hermann Groehe, member of parliament (Christian Democratic Party); the Rev. Dr. Gerrit Noltensmeier, retired Landessuperintendent of the Protestant (Reformed) Church of Lippe and delegate of the VELKD; Ms. Brigitte Andrae, president of the joint Church Administration of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Central Germany (Föderation Evangelischer Kirchen in Mitteldeutschland); Bishop Martin Schindehuette, head of EKD Church Office section of ecumenical relations and ministries abroad; the Rev. Paul Oppenheim, EKD executive secretary for North America and Asia Pacific regions; and the Rev. Christoph Vetter, EKD press and public relations officer.
Bishop Wolfgang Huber was born in Strasbourg in 1942 and grew up in Freiburg/Breisgau. He studied theology in Heidelberg, Göttingen and Tübingen, graduating in 1966. He served as vicar and pastor in Württemberg. Huber earned a doctorate in 1972. From 1968 - 1980, Bishop Huber served as assistant and deputy director of the Research Institute of the Evangelical Research Association in Heidelberg. He has been professor of social ethics at the University of Marburg and professor of systematic theology at the University of Heidelberg. From 1983 - 85, Bishop Huber was president of the German Evangelical Kirchentag. Since 1994 he has been bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg.
Bishop Huber has served as a member of the Central and Executive Committees of the World Council of Churches, as a member of the National Ethics Council, and as Chairperson of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). He is honorary professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of Heidelberg and a member of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).
Bishop Huber's books include Der gemachte Mensch. Christliche Ethik und Bioethik, Berlin 2002; Kirche in der Zeitenwende, Gütersloh 1998; and Meine Hoffnung ist größer als meine Angst.Ein Bischof zu Glauben, Kirche und Gesellschaft. Interviews mit Stefan Berg, Berlin 1996.
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