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Title: 'Ehe zwhischen evangelischen und orthodoxen Christ/innen'
Subtitle: Hinweise zum gemeinsamen seelsorgerlichen Handeln in Deutschland
Author(s): THÖLE, Reinhard
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 9 Issue: 1 Date: Spring 2003
Since the 1970’s celebrations of interchurch marriages involving Catholics and Protestants are common practice in Germany. No official agreements previously existed in regard to Orthodox Christians marrying a Protestant. Only in December 2002 have the Council of the Protestant Church (EKD) and the Commission of the Orthodox Churches in Germany (KOKiD) reached an agreement in which they assess the Christian understanding of marriage, suggest a shared marriage celebration, and encourage the spouses to actively participate in the life of their respective communities. Reinhard Thöle, staff member of the Konfessionskundliches Institut Bensheim of the EKD, highlights the ecumenical impact of these common pastoral directives.