Borders – Faces – Siblings. More than an Exhibition

IMG_20181110_180434When the ECCB celebrated the centenary of its foundation in its present form in 2018, the new order after the end of World War I was also recalled elsewhere. In Central and Southeastern Europe state borders changed at that time and the Protestant churches in these countries were also restructured. For the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania, this centenary provided the impetus to launch a longer-term project called Borders – Faces – Siblings, which opened in November 2018 in Bucharest.

The focus of the project is an exhibition that presents the various Protestant churches in Central and Southeastern Europe through selected personalities. The ECCB is represented by Pastor Alfred Kocáb, an ecumenically open theologian from Vienna who, as a political dissident, was no longer allowed to practice in a parish and only worked as a pastor in Prague after the revolution. He died in early 2018.

In addition to the faces in the exhibition, meetings of people from the participating churches are to take place during the accompanying events. The Church of the Transylvanian Saxons gave an example of this in the opening event: from six countries and even more churches, the participants came to Bucharest, in order to get to know the Church of the Augsburg Confession in Romania as faces and siblings.

IMG_20181110_194228Since then, the exhibition has been shown in different parts of the region, drawing attention to areas that are rarely in the wider public view. Most recently, the exhibition was on tour with a series of events in the Austro-Slovenian-Hungarian border area. In November 2019, Borders – Faces – Siblings is due to come to the Czech Republic. The ECCB would like to show the exhibition in the Salvátor Church in Prague, the workplace of Alfred Kocáb; and the Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession would also like to participate in the project and bring the exhibition to Český Těšín.

Oliver Engelhardt