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May 25, 2022: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] prints its 29th booklet, "Warum erlaubt Gott Leiden?" ["Why Does God Allow Suffering"]. PDF and Ebook (epub and mobi) versions of the new booklet are also available online.
May 18, 2022: The May-June issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9,678 readers in 25 countries, a 3.6 percent decrease from the 2021 May-June issue. The magazine was mailed to 7746 subscribers in Germany, 884 subscribers in Switzerland and 861 subscribers in Austria.
May 14, 2022: At Sabbath services today the Winterthur, Switzerland congregation of the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] decided to have a regular discussion round after services to comment on the sermon and discuss other Bible topics, using the model for discussion rounds after services in other congregations.
May 5, 2022: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the month of April was 3.3 percent less than last year's income in April 2021. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 25.4 percent of UCG-Germany's income in April.
April 28, 2022: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] National Council reviews the design for the new "Gute Nachrichten" website and asks the web design firm in Berlin to make several revisions and additions to the design.
April 22, 2022: On the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 79 people attended services in four locations: Hamburg (6), Mörfelden (19), Munich (25) and Winterthur in Switzerland (29). Because of a large number of Covid-19 infections, services were canceled in Dormagen. The offering (12,219 €) was 4.8 percent higher than in 2021.
April 16, 2022: 84 people met at four locations to keep the Passover on April 14. Today on the first day of Unleavened Bread, 134 people attended services in five locations: Berlin (8), Dormagen (45), Göming, Austria (26), Mörfelden (34) and Winterthur in Switzerland (21). The offering was 14,477 €, which was an increase of 42.3% over last year's offering.
April 4, 2022: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the month of March was 37.1 percent less than last year's income in March 2021. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 22.7 percent of UCG-Germany's income in March.
March 28, 2022: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, Gottes Treue zu uns Menschen ["God's faithfulness to us"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.
March 17, 2022: The March-April issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9,749 readers in 25 countries, a 2.7 percent decrease from the 2021 March-April issue. The magazine was mailed to 7820 subscribers in Germany, 880 subscribers in Switzerland and 861 subscribers in Austria.
March 10, 2022: In the first 2 months of the year, UCG-Germany distributed 495 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 130 downloads.
March 4, 2022: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the month of February was 1.7 percent higher than last year's income in February 2021. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 14.1 percent of UCG-Germany's income in February.
February 25, 2022: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its 17th German-language "Beyond Today" telecast, Wenn Dämonen kein Hirngespinst sind ["When Demons are real"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer recorded the telecast at the United Church of God Home Office in Cincinnati and UCG-Germany did the film editing.
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News on events in
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June 26, 2018: 55 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 »