30 years of Partnership

Hereford-Nuremberg Partnership - our partnership link has been running for more than thirty years, beginning in 1982. Here are some of the highlights:

Parish and Deanery Links have led to fruitful exchanges between:

  • Ludlow, Langwasser and Neustadt
  • Pontesbury and Schwabach
  • Canon Pyon and Förrenbach
  • Hilpoltstein and Madley, and All Saints, 
  • Hereford with the Old Catholics in Nuremberg

A School Partnership between the Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School, Hereford and the Wilhelm-Löhe-Schule in Nuremberg has included a joint visit to the First World War battlefields in Belgium. In recognition of her work over many years to promote this school link, Hereford Cathedral honoured Ursula Köhler with the Order of St Ethelbert. We are also pleased to see the flourishing new partnership between Earl Mortimer College in Leominster and the Hans-Sachs-Gymnasium in Nuremberg

1988 The Meissen Agreement between the Church of England and the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD - the Protestant Church of Germany) has deepened and encouraged our partnership, and placed it in a wider context.

1994 The first Ordination of Women Priests in Hereford was attended by Lutheran and Old Catholic representatives from Nuremberg.

Kirchentag visits: Hereford visitors have been welcomed to the great German Church conventions in Leipzig, Berlin, Hanover, Frankfurt, Munich and Dresden.

Diocesan Conferences are attended by friends from Nuremberg, and a number of priests from Hereford has been guests at the Ecumenical Study Centre at Josefstal in Bavaria.

In 2004 and again in 2015 joint pilgrimages in the Footsteps of Martin Luther were led by our Bishops, visiting Eisenach, the Wartburg, Erfurt, Weimar, Eisleben and Wittenberg.

In 2009 and 2013 Hereford Cathedral Voluntary Choir visits and exchanges have been a regular feature, including the Cathedral Voluntary Choir, Bishops Castle and Erlangen, Ledbury and Altdorf, and Academia Musica at Hereford Sixth Form College.

2011 Remembrance: We have jointly studied how our churches and nations commemorate war, and published a book of Resources for Remembrance (available from the Diocesan Office for £5-99).

Clergy exchanges include: three Lutheran Pastors seconded to work in Hereford Diocese over 10 years; two visits to Nuremberg by Curates and Readers; a two-week placement in Schwabach; and a three-month secondment to Hilpoltstein.

First performances of a new Oratorio "In Laudem Pace" by Rob Steadman were held simultaneously in Hereford and Erlangen in January 2015, with a video link, to mark the centenary of the Christmas Truce in the First World War.

The 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Reformation in 2017 was commemorated with a performance of the play "A Monk's Tale", special sevices and courses in the Diocese, and a visit to Nuremberg by Bishop Richard Frith .

In 2019 a memorable Intergenerational Retreat took place in Llanfyllin, in which over 20 people of mixed ages from both our Churches explored the Celtic spirituality, history and landscape of Wales together.

Further details of these and other events can be found elsewhere in this website.

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