Anglican churches have existed for a long time in many parts of Germany. They comprise people of various nations, languages, and Christian traditions, and they offer worship and church life in the English language.
The Council of Anglican and Episcopal Churches in Germany (CAECG) is a joint working group between churches belonging to the Anglican Communion.
Some of the Anglican churches in Germany are part of the Diocese in Europe which belongs to the Church of England. Others belong to the Convocation of American Episcopal Churches in Europe. But all are part of the Anglican Communion and together form the Council of Anglican Episcopal Churches in Germany.
Anglicans enjoy a relationship of full communion with the Old Catholic Church. Since 1988 the Church of England and the Evangelical Churches in Germany (EKD) have been developing their ties on the basis of the Meissen Agreement which establishes a degree of communion between the Churches concerned, although it does not yet allow for a full interchange of ministries. On a worldwide level Anglicans are engaged in conversations with all major Christian denominations. Members of other Churches are welcome to receive Holy Communion and share fully in church life.
Co-chair of CAECG
Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler
Church of England - Diocese in Europe Office
14 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QZ
Tel: +44 20 7898 1155
Fax: +44 20 7898 1166
Convocation of American Churches in Europe
23 avenue George V, F-75008 Paris
Tel/Fax +33 1 47 20 02 23
CAECG offers opportunities, under the umbrella of Developing Christian Ministries (DCM), for everyone involved in our communities to spend two days at an educational event – one year it was church music. In 2014, the Canon of Coventry Cathedral introduced us to the Cathedral’s Ministry of Reconciliation. The 2015 DCM - New Ways of Being Church in Germany - was held in Bonn. Some two dozen people from Anglican/Episcopal congregations in Germany came to see how Fresh Expressions in the UK is transforming the understanding of mission and of church itself. A short wander through their Website gives an overview of the many new approaches to 21st Century mission. At the heart of all of them are (in order of importance):
- Planting our collective feet firmly in prayer, worship and service
- Listening to the concerns people bring to us
- Actively engaging with people who need our support
- Using these foundations to build a community
Many times, out of this “living mission”, curiosity grows about the reasons we do what we do and we may see new people and new families drawing closer to our church community. Growing the church is not about numbers (though we are glad when new people come – and stay). It’s not about “conversion” – that’s God’s bailiwick. It’s about “learning the cost of the Gospel” and living our faith in our interaction with others day by day.
For more on this year’s speaker, the Reverend Canon Dr Adrian Chatfield, and the Centre for Prayer and Spiritual Life in Cambridge, which he directs – here’s the Website.