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Wuppertal becomes a "European City of the Reformation"

January 23, 2015

Wuppertal (epd). Wuppertal is the first city in North Rhine-Westphalia to be able to call itself a "European City of the Reformation". This label primarily emphasizes the significance of the Barmen Theological Declaration issued by the Confessing Church in 1934 in Wuppertal-Barmen in the face of National Socialism. In announcing the award, the Protestant church district further underlined that the declaration had drawn inspiration from the Reformation and proved to be a milestone for the emergence and development of fellowship between European churches.

The label "European City of the Reformation" is being awarded by the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe in the lead-up to the 2017 Reformation anniversary. The initiative encourages partnerships between churches and municipalities in the field of the arts, culture and tourism, as well as history and spirituality. Other German cities to have received the label so far are Coburg, Emden, Speyer, Torgau, Wittenberg and Worms. The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe comprises 94 Protestant churches and represents around 50 million Christians.

Website of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE)



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