Our Roots

In 1968, at the height of the student unrest in Germany, a small group of socially active Christians started running a series of conferences for high-school and university students, together with the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary in Darmstadt. Coming together in dialog, they searched the Gospel for viable answers to the students’ personal and political questions. In the aftermath of these conferences, the married couple Horst-Klaus and Irmela Hofmann launched an “experiment” of community life which developed into today’s Reichenberg Fellowship (OJC), an interdenominational community currently made up of approximately 100 members who live and work together. The Fellowship’s spiritual roots can be traced back to the YMCA, the Oxford Group Movement and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s vision of life together.