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October 7, 2023: Today's Last Great Day services conclude the eight day biblical Feast of Tabernacles season, with 173 people from 11 countries having met since September 30 in Titisee in the southern Black Forest. With no Covid-19 restrictions in effect, Armenien member Mnazakan Poghossjan was able to attend the Feast with us for the first time since 2019. We welcomed 45 international guests in Titisee. With the two Holy Day offerings in Titisee, the total offering on the seven annual Holy Days in 2023 was 0.6 percent lower than last year.
September 25, 2023: 79 people met at four locations in the German-language region for church services today on the Day of Atonement. In Dormagen the attendance was 25. 16 people met in Mörfelden (near Frankfurt), 21 were in attendance Munich, and 17 people attended the service in Stuttgart. No hall was available for services in Winterthur, Switzerland. The offering in the German-language region was 11,191 €, 16.1 percent less than last year's offering.
September 16, 2023: 120 people met at six locations in the German-language region for church services today on the Feast of Trumpets. In Berlin and Hamburg 9 people attended services. In Dormagen the attendance was 23. 25 people met in Mörfelden (near Frankfurt), and 32 were in attendance in Munich. In Zürich, Switzerland the attendance was 22. The offering in the German-language region was 15,618 €, 1.6 percent less than last year's offering.
September 8, 2023: The September-October issue of the"Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9,102 readers in 25 countries, a 4.7 percent decrease from the 2022 September-October issue. The magazine was mailed to 7317 subscribers in Germany, 794 subscribers in Switzerland and 818 subscribers in Austria.
September 1, 2023: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first eight months of 2023 was 0.8 percent lower than last year's income in January-August. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 8.9 percent of UCG-Germany's income in August.
August 31, 2023: The United Christian Outreach Germany special fundraiser to provide $1000 for Armenien UCG member Mnazakan Poghossjan to attend this year's Feast of Tabernacles in Schluchsee, Germany is now fully funded. Mr. Poghassjan speaks fluent German and is the only member of the United Church of God in Armenia and has only limited income. Without additional financial assistance from the church, he would never be able to attend the Feast.
August 24, 2023: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] prints its 30th booklet, "Bekehrung — Die Verwandlung unseres Lebens" ["Conversion — The Transformation of Our Life"]. PDF and Ebook (epub and mobi) versions of the new booklet are also available online.
August 14, 2023: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, Der Sabbat im 17. Jahrhundert ["The Sabbath in the 17th century"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.
August 3, 2023: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first seven months of 2023 was 6.4 percent higher than last year's income in January-July. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 9.7 percent of UCG-Germany's income in July.
July 26, 2023: With the kind assistance of the United Church of God media department at the Home Office in Cincinnati, Ohio, UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded two "Beyond Today" telecasts and seven "Newsmax" commercials in German, to be used on the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] YouTube channel.
July 20, 2023: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, Kommt Harmagedon auf uns zu? ["Is Armageddon Coming?"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.
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June 26, 2023: 60 years ago President John F. Kennedy spoke the words most widely recognized today as being German: "Ich bin ein Berliner." A boisterous appreciative crowd of some 300,000 jammed Berlin's Schöneberg Rathaus square to hear Kennedy speak. Read more »
February 24, 2012: Is Germany using the debt crisis to conquer Europe? That is what some Europeans think, especially among the British press. But Germany’s integration in a European framework is exactly what its neigbors, especially France, wanted after World War II. Read more »
October 12, 2011: A stunning move by the Swiss National Bank in September signals the opening round of a currency war as Switzerland sets exchange limits to protect its domestic economy. Currency wars can lead to trade wars. But what comes after trade wars? Read more »
August 19, 2011: For over 1500 years the pope in Rome has claimed authority over the entire Christian church. That claim remains a source of controversy and division, even during the ecumenical movement. Is Jesus responsible for the division by appointing Peter as pope? Read more »
June 29, 2011: While many economic experts have focused on the Greek debt crisis and the future of the euro, the plight of unemployed youth in Europe has received less attention. Their rising numbers may eventually lead to a rise of political extremism. Read more »
November 16, 2010: Populist sentiment may be just a groundswell of discontent and concern among a minority, but it can also affect major political developments, depending on its momentum and the issues involved. A case study is growing Islamic influence in Europe. Read more »
September 21, 2010: Over the last 50 years change has come slowly within the European Union. However, the impact of the worldwide financial crisis forced the European Union to respond much faster than would have been the case in "normal" economic times. Read more »
August 28, 2010: With birthrates among traditional Europeans in decline and population growth in Europe’s Muslim communities soaring, one persistent European voice asks whether Europe wants to preserve its traditional cultural and religious identity. Read more »
March 25, 2010: Members of the European Parliament, labor organizations and mainstream churches unite to promote EU legislation promoting Sunday as EU’s official day of rest. If passed, what will this mean for religious minorities that keep the biblical Sabbath? Read more »
February 23, 2010: Controversies over minarets and burkas highlight the clash of cultures and whether Europe’s traditional religious heritage should be defended in the face of a fast-growing Muslim minority. Will Islam eventually displace Christianity in Europe? Read more »
September 17, 2009: The 50th anniversary of the NATO alliance in 1999 was a celebration of the successful defense of the free world during the Cold War. Just ten years later there are signs of serious trouble within the alliance. Will NATO survive the next ten years? Read more »
August 17, 2009: With the number of Muslims in Germany numbering some four million (about five percent of Germany's population), it is no surprise that the number of mosques has increased in recent years. The question now is: "How big should Muslim mosques be?" Read more »
October 30, 2008: The ongoing financial crisis means a lot more than worry for individual investors in different countries around the world. A major shift in world financial power centers is on the horizon. America is on the decline, while Asia and Europe are on the rise. Read more »
December 21, 2007: At midnight on Friday the Schengen zone in Europe was expanded eastward to include nine eastern European countries. A borderless European Union now extends from Russia all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Which country is the center of the Schengen zone? Read more »
February 19, 2007: For years Germany’s Mardi Gras Monday ["Rosenmontag"] float designers have used the occasion to poke fun at German and international politicians and the world scene. Today’s Rosenmontag parade in Düsseldorf was no exception. Read more »
November 15, 2004: The Gregorian calendar in common use in the Western world has peculiarities that complicate trade and commerce. Despite all attempts to alter this calendar, the seven-day weekly cycle has been preserved. Will the Catholic church allow it to be changed? Read more »
August 20, 1999: The department store Kaufhof opens on Sunday in Berlin to challenge Germany’s "store closing law" which establishes Sunday as a protected day of rest from gainful employment. What does the future hold for the "store closing law"? Read more »