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Memorial Church in Berlin : a New pastor holds first sermon

the silence in The interior of the Church is almost more impressive than the blue glow of the walls. No car noise, no bus engine close hum, no "Heitschi-bumm-beitschi-boom-boom"-the noise from the Christmas market – a silence that fills one with gratitude. "Uplifting" effect of this space on you, says Kathrin Oxen, new pastor of the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial Church on the Charlotte Burger Breitscheidplatz. The right word for this room.

On the question of what you may prefer at the Church, she says spontaneously: "the Blue". And laughs: "all say likely." And adds: The Church acting spiritually, also through the Christ with the outstretched arms towards the entrance, but not so sacred that you would not go in.

Kathrin Oxen not so much with the Pathos. The slight rumble, the walls here between the blue of the glass-hear the memorial Church occasionally, quietly, the coming of the subway, she says. You've felt it last Sunday, in her first sermon before the congregation, even in the pulpit. Presumably, the memorial Church was the only one with a pulpit, a train long, she says, and laughs. The woman with the short blond hair, loves to laugh, the man inside all of us that she is happy now to be here in the gray city with the wonderful Church in the middle. A "whole new life" start for you, your husband and two of four children. The youngest, a seven-year-old daughter, was glad to be in the city. And they themselves have felt on Sunday night as "very welcome".


The new pastor obviously feels a bit foreign. Anyone who reads or hears, where Kathrin Oxen to come, the might be surprised that she feels in the City of West almost home: born in 1972, grew up on the Baltic sea, a pastors office in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, years as a Director of the Church training institution in Wittenberg – and now, Charlottenburg. Yes, she says, you feel to your students, time remembered. She had studied at the Humboldt University in theology and in the Carmerstraße at the Savignyplatz in the usual way. For years you've lived on the edge of the forest. Now you from your apartment to the lietzenburger Straße, could see the star on the Europa-Center.

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3000 people to order belonging to the municipality of Kaiser-Wilhelm-memorial-Church. To this Church around Berlin is full of contrasts. Hotels top-class Shopping-the temple on the one hand, the city mission says behind the Zoo train station in the Jebens road on the other; and as soon as you go in the side streets of Ku'damm, you'll be in the normal residential district, "where people live", Kathrin Oxen. "Great opposites" dominated the area, she says, "shinies" here and there, the homeless and the poor. Then she says a word that fits exactly: Berlin was so "unimpressive printable".

Also, the Bible is politically

In her first sermon Kathrin Oxen made their listeners to the "kink" to the attention of the Ku'damm at the Church during the Transition in the Tauentzienstraße and said: "God makes a kink in the ways of the world. As it is, so it does not remain.“ You can understand politically – Kathrin Oxen is a decided political thinking and speaking pastor. Church should not be political, she says, "this is the real world". The Bible is political, "what Jesus said, is pure politics." Because there were claims on the lives of the people. Pleasing sound, such sentences, when Kathrin Oxen, they pronounce, not like moralistic announcements to the protected Church. Oxens sentences sound like the Beliefs of a believer, seeking the discussion and the debate. In what she says is not a Strict, but friendly. So you can also acts: open and facing. "I'm very happy to be out in the world," she says.

Up to a certain limit. Kathrin Oxen not to think long on the question, how would you describe the political climate in the country with a single word. "Hysterical," she says without any Hesitation. In a Text to "Chemnitz", she wrote that she wanted to – if also fathom willingly – what had driven the angry people there. If this is successful, Kathrin Oxen is not obviously self-sure, even as a politically pugnacious man. Why people would be so angry, which are not dependent on Hartz IV or "suspended", this is for you "not understandable". With the Text, some of the comments show, not only made friends – and no wonder. you have read, says to you, in connection with the protests in Chemnitz and elsewhere, the word "embitterment" syndrome. "That's not rational," she says. By the refugee crisis, it'll go bad no one lens, "except for the really poor".

"The Church is a station of hope"

There seems to be a psychological Problem. If the "group-focused enmity", the driving, the people, was "a line crossed. Understanding I have not.“
has A clear, if you will, the combative set in a place where the word enmity still have to get a different meaning, two years ago. Christmas markets are no longer just Christmas markets like this one, more than close to the Church pre-Packed stalls, where you can buy T-Shirts and incense sticks, secured by a heavy bollard in front of people with trucks other kill.

In Strasbourg, has one that appears to be also enmity has driven, shot and killed people. In Berlin, the memorial Church, is this week of the dead from the 19. December 2016 thought. The Church, said Kathrin Oxen to the welcome of your Church, stand at a bend in the road, they look bent, with the broken tower. And you have "a crack at her feet, in memory of the assassination attempt on the breitscheid Platz". You follow, what to bring, for example, the committees of inquiry of the assassination of findings. However, "what remains is this Rest that you can't believe everything," says Kathrin Oxen. "This sense of Dimension can clarify not a Committee." Because this Church was "in a station of hope".

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