Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag

The German Protestant Kirchentag was held in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen for the first time in its 60-year history. The Bremen Protestant Church was hosting this event from 20 to 24 May 2009, together with three neighboring churches: the Lutheran State Church of Hannover, the Lutheran Church in Oldenburg and the Protestant Reformed Church. 100,000 permanent participants and round about 200.000 day visitors were joining the religious festival in Bremen.

“Where are you?” from the first book of Moses was the Kirchentag motto for 2009. It was intended to encourage people to show themselves, get involved and help shape the community. Bremen presented itself as an active, open-minded and hospitable venue. At the same time, together with the Hanseatic city, Beluga Shipping GmbH played an active role as one of the main sponsors in order to support the location of the company headquarters in holding the 32nd German Protestant Kirchentag. Assuming social responsibility has high priority at the project and heavy-lift cargo shipping company.

Since the Kirchentag in Bremen in 2009 was divided into three event sites, i.e. the city centre, trade fair grounds and port, Beluga Shipping GmbH focused its commitment and support mainly on the Kirchentag centre in the port. In addition to globalization, the diverse programme also included treatment of maritime aspects. Like Beluga Shipping in its core business, the German Protestant Kirchentag strives for responsible use of natural resources and a reduction in pollution. As a matter of fact, the Kirchentag is already one of the most environmentally friendly major events in Germany and acquired the coveted environmental certification in accordance with EMAS (Ecological Management and Audit Scheme) in June 2007 in recognition of its systematic environmental management.

The largest Protestant lay movement in the world did not want to be perceived as purely a religious festival, but as a cultural and social event. In accordance with the wishes of Kirchentag president Prof. Dr. Karin von Welck, Hamburg Senator for Culture, Sport and Media, therefore, musical performances and discussions on urgent questions of the day were also offered with the overall aim of setting an example for more humanity in the world.

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Motto of Evangelischer Kirchentag 2009 in Bremen
Young and colourful visitors of the Kirchentag
Impression from Evangelischer Kirchentag 2007 at Cologne