Friday, 26 February 2010

The Kirchentag's open letter to Margot Kässmann full text in English

Open letter from the Kirchentag to Dr. Margot Käßmann

Dear Dr. Käßmann,

It is with dismay that we take note of your decision to resign from your position as Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany and as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover.

At the same time we express our great regret and sadness that we are losing you as one of the prominent figures in our church leadership.

We know you to be a great source of inspiration for Protestantism in Germany, and also for a committed Protestant engagement in the field of ecumenical relations, as well as being a great friend and supporter of the German Protestant Kirchentag. Your straightforwardness commands our respect.

It is our deep Christian conviction that mistakes can be forgiven, and especially in cases where responsibility is acknowledged.

We thank you that you are with all your heart and soul a pastor and friend to so many people in this country. Please continue to be so!

Fulda/Dresden, 24th February 2010

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Eckhard Nagel for the Executive Committee of the German Protestant Kirchentag

Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, General Secretary, for the staff and management of the German Protestant Kirchentag

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