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Exposure-Group Hamburg-Ost

Exposure Group No. 5

The Church District of Hamburg-East invites you to focus on how to lay out for becoming an ‚Arrival City‘

The church district Hamburg-East is vast and diverse. City Churches in the center of Hamburg, seeking to get into contact to the society, parishes being socially engaged in social focus areas in town, family oriented congregations in the outskirts and village churches in the country side, they all do make up the district.

Rev. David Tendwa

I am Pastor David Augustino Tendwa, a pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Pare Diocese (ELCT-PD) 40 years of age. Currently, I am working in the program of Community Home Based Care (CBHC) as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. The CHBC program is implemented in partnership with Tanzania Red Cross Services (TCRS). I am married with two children. Professionally I am a theologian with Master of Theology Degree of Tumaini University Makumira, since 2010.

By 1938, there were seven churches in Tanganyika, as the country was known by then. In 1938, the churches formed a federation known as the Federation of Lutheran Churches in Tanganyika. On June 19, 1963, the seven Churches, under the umbrella of a federation, merged to become synods and dioceses of a single Church, known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanganyika and thereafter in 1964 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) following the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. ELCT has grown from seven Synods and Dioceses of a single church up to 24 Dioceses and some mission areas inside and outside the country today.

Tanzania is among the African Great lakes nations formed in 1964 after the union of much larger mainland territory of Tanganyika and the coastal archipelago of Zanzibar. The country is in East Africa, with the highest Mountain in Africa known as Mount Kilimanjaro I am very much interested in participating in the Consultation of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany as a partner church from Tanzania (Sept. 2015). This Consultation is very important to ELCT since it will continue to strengthening the partnership through sharing different experiences of the work of God in the world. Reflecting on migrants from village/countryside to town and the issue of social justice are very important in our church today.

Many topics prepared for the Consultation are very interesting and important to be discussed for the strength of the church today. I am real looking forward to attend this consultation.

William (Bill) J. Rauch

English: I am William Rauch (nickname: Bill) and I am a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Actually I am a retired pastor, but I continue to serve the Southern Ohio Synod as the chairman of its “North Church” Committee.

Our synod (= Sprengel) is in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany and I was present in the Ratzeburg Cathedral on Pentecost, May 27, 2012, for the founding ceremony for the North Church. I am interested in the theme of the consultation, “Walking together the Way of Justice,” because it is an issue that all of us Christians in all countries must be discussing and addressing.

Deutsch: ich heisse William Rauch (Spitzname: Bill) und ich bin Pastor der Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche in Amerika. Eigentlich bin ich Pastor im Ruhestand, aber ich diene noch der südlichen Ohio-Synode als Vorsitzender des „Nordkirche-Komitees.“ Unsere Synode (= Sprengel) ist in Partnerschaft mit der Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche in Nord-Deutschland.

Als Vorsitzender habe ich Mecklenburg und andere Teile der Nordkirche mehrmals besucht, und ich war anwesend am Pfingstsonntag, dem 27. Mai 2012, im Ratzeburger Dom für die Gründung Zeremonie der Nordkirche. Ich interessiere mich für das Thema dieser Konsulation, „Gemeinsam den Weg der Gerechtigkeit gehen,“ weil alle von uns Christen in jedem Land diese Fragen der Gerechtigkeit besprechen und beheben müssen.