Prussian Union of Churches - Status and Official Names of The Church Body

Status and Official Names of The Church Body

  • 1821–1845: Evangelical Church in the Royal Prussian Lands – the state church
  • 1845–1875: Evangelical State Church of Prussia – the state church besides other recognised Protestant church bodies
  • 1875–1922: Evangelical State Church of Prussia's older Provinces – the state church in the old provinces of Prussia, besides other recognised Protestant church bodies
  • 1922–1933, 24 June: Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union – an independent church among other recognised Protestant church bodies
  • 24 June to 15 July 1933: state control abolished freedom of religion, a Nazi-loyal leadership was imposed
  • 15 July 1933 – 28 February 1934: Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union under new streamlined leadership
  • 1 March to 20 November 1934: The streamlined leadership abolished the Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union as an independent church body and merged it in the new Nazi-submissive German Evangelical Church
  • 29 May 1934 – 1945: Confessing Christians declared that the imposed Nazi-inspired (so-called German Christian) leadership had submitted the church to a schism, with the Confessing Church and their newly created bodies (partially already established since January 1934) representing the true Evangelical church.
  • 20 November 1934 – 1945: The Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union, restored by verdict of the Landgericht I Berlin court. From now on two church bodies, one officially recognised by the Nazi government and one gradually driven into underground, each claimed to represent the true church.
  • 1945–1953: The Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union partially cleansed its leading bodies from German Christians and appointed Nazi opponents and persons of moderate neutrality.
  • 1953–2003 Evangelical Church of the Union, an independent ecclesiastical umbrella among other recognised Protestant umbrellas and church bodies.
  • 2004 The Evangelical Church of the Union merged in the Union of Evangelical Churches.

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