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Mothering the FatherlandA Protestant Sisterhood Repents for the Holocaust$

George Faithful

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363469.001.0001

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(p.219) Appendix 2 The Stuttgart Confession

(p.219) Appendix 2 The Stuttgart Confession

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Mothering the Fatherland
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Oxford University Press

The council of the Protestant Church in Germany greets the representatives of the Ecumenical Council of the Churches at its meeting on October 18 and 19, 1945.

We are so thankful for this visit because we know ourselves to be with our people (Volke) not only in a great fellowship of suffering but also in a solidarity of guilt. With great pain we say: through us endless suffering has been brought upon many peoples and countries. What we often attested in our congregations, this we speak now in the name of the whole Church: we fought well in the name of Jesus through long years against the spirit that found its terrible expression in National Socialist tyranny, but we indict ourselves for not having confessed more courageously, prayed more faithfully, believed more joyfully, and loved more ardently.

Now there should be a new beginning in our churches. Founded on the Holy Scriptures, with all seriousness focused on the only Lord of the Church, they have begun to cleanse themselves of influences foreign to religion and to order themselves. We hope to the God of grace and mercy that he will use our churches as his instruments and will give them power to proclaim his word and to obediently enact his will among ourselves and among our whole people (Volk).

It fills us with great joy that we, in this new beginning, may be sincerely bound together with other churches in ecumenical fellowship. We hope to God that through the shared service of the churches, the spirit of violence and vengeance, which again seeks to regain power, will be dispersed from the world and the spirit of peace and love may come to reign, for in them alone can distressed humanity find solace. This we ask in an hour in which the world needs a new beginning: Come Creator Spirit!

D. Wurm

Dr. Lilje

(p.220) Dr. Heinemann

Martin Niemöller D.D.

Asmussen DD Hans

Smend D. Dr.

Lic. Niesel

D.Meiser

Held

Dibelius1

Notes:

(1) . In Martin Klumpp, ed. Wer ist unser Herr? Evangelische Christen und das Dritte Reich: Erfahrungen aus Stuttgart (Stuttgart: Quell, 1982), 167. Translation mine.