Frankfurt / Darmstadt (dpa / lhe) – The traditional autumn synod of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN) is taking place online this year due to the corona pandemic. “We were worried that it wouldn’t work,” admitted EKHN President Ulrich Oelschläger in an online press conference on Friday. The participants quickly got used to the new format.
In addition to the discussions about the budget for the coming year, future planning in view of demographic changes is once again on the agenda at the Synod. The synod started on Wednesday and continues until this Saturday.
“We have to save a volume of 140 million euros,” said Deputy Church President Ulrike Scherf about the “EKHN 2030” https://news.google.com/__i/rss/rd/articles/. “We also see this as a church development process . ” In order to be better positioned as a church in the future, it is about “opening up and cooperation” on the one hand, and stronger regionalization on the other. It is urgent to clarify which of its buildings the EKHN will keep, said Scherf. “We have to part with about half of the buildings. It’s a very painful process.”
The current corona pandemic and the associated losses, for example from church taxes, are already affecting the finances of the church. He expects a minus of 15 to 25 million euros this year, said finance department head Thomas Striegler. “This will also have an impact on the 2020/21 budget.”