Our meeting in Dresden ended this year again with a meeting of the members of the supporting association Netzwerk Apostolische Geschichte e.V. Some elections had to be held and resolutions passed. A central point was the farewell of a proven founding member of the board.
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.
The New Apostolic Bishop Ludwig Hennrich (1894-1949) is still a minister with great charisma for the members of the New Apostolic Church and the Apostolische Gemeinschaft (Apostolic Community). Through his work as a minister in the Rhineland, the song lyrics he wrote, and his work during and shortly after the Second World War, he became known nationwide.
Apostolic History Network invites all interested persons to our annual meeting in Dresden. There, from September 10 to 12, 2021, the now fourteenth annual meeting on the church history of the apostolic communities will take place. The venue for the meeting will be, among other places, the church of the Apostolic Community Dresden, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In addition, the congregation looks back on a hundred years of history since its separation from the New Apostolic Congregation in 1921. We will also visit the New Apostolic Church Dresden-Neustadt, which has a historic building dating back to 1903 and represents the “other branch” of newer apostolic communities in Dresden.
We have already reported that the Apostolic History Network has decided to purchase the previously rented archive building in Brockhagen from the New Apostolic Church Western Germany. On Tuesday, 20 July 2021, the purchase agreement was signed in Dortmund. Uwe von Oppenkowski signed for the New Apostolic Church Western Germany, and Volker Wissen (Chief Financial Officer) and Mathias Eberle (First Chairman) signed the contract for the Network. Thus, the network buys the building for a price of 150,000 euros.
Since 2019, there have been considerations in the Network Apostolic History Association to purchase the archive building in Brockhagen, which has been rented until now. Talks with the owner of the building, the New Apostolic Church of West Germany, could be brought to a successful conclusion. In the month of June, the written decision on the purchase of the building was made – due to the current circumstances.
Dear networkers, musicians, friends and acquaintances,
July 14 is approaching, and with it the anniversary of the segregation of the Twelve Apostles in London in 1835. We have commemorated this historic apostolic holiday for many years, with a memorial gathering on site in Brockhagen, and last year with a virtual commemoration via YouTube instead. We are not yet able to reopen the archive, so we want to offer a commemorative hour via YouTube again this year.
Although we have only been able to hold a few virtual events in recent months due to the pandemic situation, the Apostolic History Network has made good use of this time. Already since 2019, there have been considerations to buy the Brockhagen archive, which we have rented so far, from the New Apostolic Church Western Germany in order to keep it permanently as an archive and event location. We now want to bring these considerations to a good end, thanks to the support of many networkers, donors, and friends.
We are pleased to present our latest financial report for the past year 2020. It is also published in our members’ magazine Rundbrief (issue 2/2021) and can be downloaded in full below. Total income of the Netzwerk was €61,268.17, the expenses amounted to €16,802.79.
Dear members of the Apostolic History Network, musicians, friends and acquaintances,
now it is Passion time and soon Easter will come again. Since we are still not able to make live music, we are planning a joint virtual choir song for publication on the Internet also for Easter. For this we invite you again to a virtual choir! Easter decorations and a lot of creativity are very welcome.