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February 25, 2022: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its 17th German-language "Beyond Today" telecast, German 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.

February 18, 2022: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] adds 20 MP3 sermons to its sermon website for members and church attendees. 746 recorded sermons are currently available for listening and download.

February 11, 2022: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] The Church Jesus Built, German version reprints its booklet, "Die Kirche Jesu Christi: Wahrheit und Fälschung" ["The Church Jesus Built"]. UCG-Germany updated the content for the revised German spelling rules. UCG-Germany currently has 28 booklets available in print version.

February 4, 2022: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first month of 2022 was 54.3 percent lower than last year's income in January 2021, as several large donations last year went unmatched. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 9.6 percent of UCG-Germany's income in January.

January 25, 2022: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Ja, es gibt Leben im Universum! ["Yes, there is life in the universe!"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

January 17, 2022: The January-February issue of the Gute Nachrichten, January 2022 issue "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 9,870 readers in 25 countries, a 1.8 percent decrease from the 2021 January-February issue. The magazine was mailed to 7874 subscribers in Germany, 912 subscribers in Switzerland and 887 subscribers in Austria.

January 10, 2022: For the year 2021 the Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] distributed a total of 72,980 print publications in the German language, 80 publications less than in 2020. In addition, 2991 ebooks were downloaded via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords.

January 4, 2022: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] in 2021 was 12.4 percent higher than in 2020. Regular mail income was 15.6 percent higher, and Holy Day offerings increased by 5.4 percent. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 16 percent of UCG-Germany's regular mail income in 2021.

December 28, 2021: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] ends the year 2021 with 103 videos on its YouTube channel. The "Gute Nachrichten video" channel has 2060 followers, 3.2 percent more than a year ago, with a total of 335,000 views.

December 20, 2021: The UCG-Germany National Council approved budget for 2022 includes total expenses of 324,000 €. Income is projected to be 254,000 €, with the deficit being paid from cash reserves. The budget provides funds to maintain circulation of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine at 10,000 subscribers and to print three new booklets and reprint two current booklets.

December 13, 2021: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another short video commentary, German video sermon Einsamkeit: Was tun dagegen? ["Loneliness: What to do about it?"]. UCG-Germany elder Martin Fekete recorded the commentary at his home in Oberndorf near Salzburg, Austria.

December 6, 2021: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first eleven months of 2021 was 5.6 percent higher than last year's income in the same period. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 15.9 percent of UCG-Germany's regular donation income.

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What's new in Germany & elsewhere? 

News on events in Europe and commentary
on diverse topics from Paul Kieffer's blog

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 »

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