One hundred years after the First World War: Looking back, looking forward offers a rich resource of reflections, stories, poems and hymns designed to help churches, small groups and individuals mark the approaching centenary of the First World War.
Written by the United Reformed Church and the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz (Protestant churches of the Palatinate region of Germany), this British-German collaboration seeks to highlight and celebrate the friendship and reconciliation between the people of two nations that were once at war. The two Churches have had a much valued and fruitful partnership for more than sixty years, and the beginnings of the relationship are outlined in the booklets.
The relationship began in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, says the Revd Philip Brooks, the URC's Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, with a 'practical act of reconciliation involving ordinary people in local churches... It broke new ground for people to sacrificially support their intermediate former enemies'.
The booklets also contain the poignant story of Pfarrer Martin Henninger, minister of the Lutherkirrche in Frankenthal and convener of the Friends of the URC of the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz, and the Revd David Pickering, Moderator of the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland, who made a pilgrimage to the Somme in May 2018 to honour their grandfathers, who both served in - and survived - the First World War.
One hundred years after the First World War: Looking back, looking forward booklet is available here for £1. Search for the Accompanying worship material on the theme for 75p