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.
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.
At the end of September 2020, we called for donations to support the purchase of the Brockhagen archive by the network. Since then, we have received a lot of response, encouragement, coverage and also a large amount of donations. Well over 100 different donations have now been recorded, and today, February 12, the 50,000 euro mark was clearly exceeded. Our goal of purchasing the archive in the spring or summer of 2021 has thus once again moved a great deal closer.
The Apostolic History Network has now been present on the Internet for more than ten years. During this time, people interested in and friends of apostolic church history from other countries have also joined us. However, our presences on the Internet remained almost exclusively in German.
For many years, the texts of New Apostolic musical literature (such as the choir songbook, the “old” New Apostolic hymnal, the public domain parts of the 2005 hymnal of the New Apostolic Church) could be accessed via the website nak-gesangbuch.de. However, the operator of this site passed away some time ago and the site is now no longer accessible.
For almost eight years now, Netzwerk Apostolische Geschichte e.V. has been renting the building of the Brockhagen archive from the New Apostolic Church of North Rhine-Westphalia, or West Germany. During this time, the network has grown tremendously – from 22 members at the beginning of 2012 to around 140 members at present. The association’s collection … Read more