Our Place in Church and Society

As an interdenominational community firmly rooted in the tradition of the Reformation, we have deliberately chosen to remain under the umbrella of the Protestant Church of Germany. At the same time, we also co-operate with many partners within the framework of the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen” and the world-wide ecumenical movement. The diversity of our community is also reflected in the various denominations represented by our members. We have taken on responsibility within the Protestant Church of Germany in a number of areas. These include the “Jugendkammer” (a presiding body within the Protestant Church of Germany concerning youth issues), the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Evangelischer Jugend” (aej, an association of Protestant youth), the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Evangelische Einkehrtage” (an association of Protestant retreat centers) , as well as the “Arbeitsgruppe Evangelischer Kommunitäten” (an association of Protestant communities), which we helped to initiate. The Reichenberg Fellowship (OJC) is a professional association within the “Diakonisches Werk”, the social services arm of the Protestant Church of Germany. In addition, we are a member of the “Ring Missionarischer Jugendbewegungen” (RMJ, a co-operation of Protestant and free-evangelical organizations primarily involved in missionary youth
work) and a recognized provider for those carrying out a voluntary year of social service or their required community service (an alternative to Germany’s mandatory military service). The Reichelsheim European Youth Center is a member of the CVJM-Westbund (Western Chapter of the German YMCA). The Reichenberg Fellowship (OJC) is a non-profit association located in Reichelsheim/Odenwald in Germany. As a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO), we work together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation in the area of foreign aid and development.