Stv. Vorsitzender des Domkirchenkollegiums
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Referentin: Marie Toya Gaillard
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When I started my studies in Theology, it was not apparent to me at all that it would later take me to work as a pastor. I thought my life would turn out differently. However, Theology was a subject that fascinated me, given its broad focus, its relevance for my life, the work with texts. How did it all begin? Even for me as a little boy, the service of worship was an event that had a mesmerizing effect. Singing along in spirit with the liturgical music works. Attempting to understand the sermon. Being with God in prayer. That was different from the atheistic environment in which I grew up with my family in the GDR. It was stronger, truer, smarter. Situations involving professions of faith become important: ‘Kum ba yah my Lord’ and ‘We shall overcome’ with the guitar in music class. My Pastor, who embraced the freedom of this office. Yes the freedom of this office! She was perhaps the deciding factor behind my decision to become a Pastor.
I can still imagine my life to be different, but have no other desire than to bring God into the lives of people during worship, during their confirmation, during the children’s services of worship, when life is created, when life comes to an end, and all the time in between: to give hope to human life, without which existence would not be possible, a hope that is more resilient, truthful and knowing. That is a wonderful task. When I need to recuperate from it, I walk long distances, hike in Brandenburg or in the Alps and weave chairs.