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Unification and peace: How were the German churches involved in the search for unity to overcome conflicts of the last decades of the last century?

Gerhard Sauter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a4988 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.4988 | © 2018 Gerhard Sauter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 March 2018 | Published: 27 August 2018

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Gerhard Sauter, Ecumenical Institute, University of Bonn, Germany; Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article is a narrative reflection of the author’s perspective on the role of the Church in the unification process of Germany in the last part of the last decade. It is presented from his perspective of being a German citizen, as well a member of the church in Germany. The author situates this experience amidst the political and ideological movements shaping the binary notions ‘East’ and ‘West’.


Church history; Germany; reconciliation; unification; peace; church


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