Now another year is almost over. On Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, we were again able to hold our traditional Advent Singing in the Brockhagen archive. This event also concludes our network year as it did before the pandemic.
In September 2022, the New Apostolic Church announced its intention to ordain women to all church offices as of 2023. In some countries on the African continent, the decision has led to controversial reactions. Particularly in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, some open protests against the ordination of women are coming to light. In addition, the relevant Facebook groups related to the New Apostolic Church have not stood still since September 21. The pictures and comments there are impressive in the literal sense and illustrate the effects of commercial social media. A full classification and contextualization would require the work of qualified journalists. Nevertheless, some basic narratives can be extracted.
On October 8, 2022, a symposium on apostolic music from 1863 to the present will be held in Amsterdam under the auspices of the J.H. van Oosbreestichting. The initiative for this event came from Edwin Diersmann, Manfred Horstmanshoff and Johan Giskes. The program is the result of a collaboration between the Nieuw-Apostolische Kerk Nederland and the Apostolisch Genootschap. Both a choir of the NAC and a choir of the Apgen will sing. A responsible person from the Apostolisch Genootschap will open the event, and Nico Klene from the Nieuw-Apostolische Kerk Nederland will close the event.
On July 2, 2022, the Apostolic History Network celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Brockhagen Archive with a ceremony and a courtyard party. About 70 participants were present and celebrated in warm and sunny weather on the premises of the archive, partly until the evening.
One of our networkers, Edwin Diersmann, has currently started a digital auction of historical books on apostolic church history, which we would like to draw attention to. A total of 70 books, some of them very rare, are up for auction and can be purchased against highest bid.
Interest in church history extends beyond those in Europe, how to expand accessibility is a challenge of languages. This presentation was the first to expand Network exposure in English.
Our latest financial report for the past year 2021 is ready! It is also published in our member magazine “Rundbrief” (issue 1/2022) and can be downloaded in full below. Income of €57,020.66 is offset by expenses of €88,750.54.
Dear friends of the network, dear site visitors, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for a unique and extraordinary good year of the Netzwerk Apostolische Geschichte e.V. in the are of church history, despite all limitations and challenges!
From September 10-12, 2021, about 35 interested people met in Dresden for the now fourteenth annual meeting of the Apostolic History Network. The mostly warm and sunny weekend provided a suitable setting for intensive discussions and lectures, taking into account the special rules and conditions in the second year of the pandemic.