Gate Area “Globalization | One World”

Return of the Reformation, the world citizen

From Europe, reformatory beliefs were carried out into the world in all directions. They were taken up in the Americas, Africa, Australia and Asia, where they entered into dialogue with local conditions and were accordingly changed. Now, the Reformation is returning to us: In the World Reformation Exhibition, we meet Christians from far and wide who report on how Martin Luther’s idea of the continuously reforming church became reality in their congregations.

Above all, we want to experience what churches can contribute to Christianity’s being part of the solution to today’s problems and challenges.

  • We want to talk with guests from around the world as well as Germany’s new citizens about the topics that move us all.
  • We want to explore how the structures of globalization can be reformed in such a way as to make a good life possible for all of us.
  • We cannot be satisfied by the fact that the chief beneficiaries of economic globalization thus far are those who have access to money and education and live in democratic systems. For the world to become more peaceful, globalization must become more just.

Visitors will learn what impulses for reconciliation, justice and peace emanate from the churches. Together with people of the worldwide ecumenical movement, we seek to achieve great things: We want to explore possibilities for reforming the world. We are devoting ourselves to this initiative with creativity. Accordingly, in the gate area “Globalization |One World”, we will speak and listen, teach and learn, laugh and reflect, celebrate life in our one world, and sing and dance with friends of the Reformation.

Glass Palaces

Visitors to Wittenberg during the World Reformation Exhibition won’t be able to miss the glass trailers in the parking areas. Part of an installation by students from the University of Vienna, they are playfully called “Glass Palaces” – a nod to the landmark Crystal Palace of the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, which remains a symbol of modernity and internationality. At that time, globalization stood for the blurring of boundaries, freedom, justice and infinite possibilities for all.
The Glass Palaces here create a reformed alternative concept. Not a gigantic pavilion, but small ateliers and experimental spaces invite visitors to grapple with topics around globalization.

Church of Light: Moments of Blessing

As a modern counterpart to the old church buildings in Wittenberg, the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau presents a sacral gem: the award-winning, mobile “Church of Light”, which is made of acrylic glass and wood and at night is transformed into a colourful light installation. Around this unique spiritual venue, an inspiring parcour invites visitors to discover the beauty of blessing. The many stations in the course include a provocative installation: a blessing robot.

At the Church of Light, daily midday and evening blessings are performed in which the secret of the blessing can be felt.
On six consecutive Sundays from 18 June, prominent Christian artists will hold an experiential worship service at noon and give a concert at 3 pm.
Visitors may also get married, be baptized or join the Protestant Church – a place full of “moments of blessings”.

Be sure not to miss:

  • “One-World Tent”: 17 stations devoted to the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, the central topic in the pavilion of the relief and mission organizations.
  • “95 Interviews”: The best conversations take place in the kitchen – here, in the Open Kitchen, to which the general public has access, and where interviews will be recorded and shown on video walls.
  • “Church of Light”: Visit the mobile church of the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau, a modern spiritual venue.