Since 1985, the ELCI has organized community meetings once a year, with the aim of deepening the knowledge about religion and church music. The academy, which is organized by some members of the clergy, also promotes reciprocal knowledge of various members even from the remotest communities. In addition to editing the selected topic, there is no lack of companionship and joy. In this event, only German is the only language used. The place, speakers and guests are different every year, the development is continuous, and thus adaptable for new questions and needs. One can find all the information in relation to the Academy of the current year, and the registration form in the journal of ELCI, called “Together / Insieme “. The event is co-financed by “otto per mille”.
The community academy of 2011 (6-9.10.2011)
The Academy occurred in Sestri Levante (GE) on the topic “Feet on the ground – heart in the sky”. During the event, with the help of Katharina Steinhäuser and pastor Martin Möslein, we were singing, working with clay and reading the Bible.
The community academy of 2010 (6-9.10.2010)
The meeting was in Villa Sabolini at Colle Val d’Elsa (SI), on the theme of pilgrimage. Not only in the traditional way of pilgrimage, but as a way of life. The leader of this meeting was pastor Fruehauf, together with Mrs. Selenka.
The community academy of 2009 (24-27.09.2009)
With the theme “by my God, I can leap over a wall” (Ps 18,29) the academy was held in Forio d’Ischia (NA) under the leadership of Pastor Martin Fruehauf and the director Juliane von Grailsheim.
The community academy of 2008 (9-12.10.2008)
In 2008 the academy was held in the beautiful Casa Cares in the middle of the green Apennines, under the leadership of Pastor Martin Fruehauf. With the artist Sonngard Schneider, the participants worked on the subject: What is the shape of my life? How do I create my life? Am I making it?
The community academy in 2007 (4-7.10.2007)
The meeting was in Villa Cagnola in Gazzada (VA) and the theme was the church service – What we are celebrating exactly? This year the responsible person was Pastor Matthias Fricke-Zieseniss with the priest and cantor Christoph R. Morath from Erlangen.
The community academy in 2006 (5-8.10.2006, Napoli)
In 2006 the topic of the academy was the book of Psalms. It was the object of the Bible studies and singings together. The event was under the leadership of pastor Fricke-Zieseniss with the participation of Kantor Heinz-Hermann Grube (Westphalia).
The community academy in 2005 (6-9.10.2005)
Meeting place located on the Arno Valley Casa Cares (Reggello, FI) in Tuscany, in a meeting centre of the Waldensian Church, a Tuscan villa surrounded by olive groves. The topic was the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, what the participants could learn at this academy in various ways, under the leadership of Pastor Fricke-Zieseniss and Martina Brose, religious educator in Rodenberg / Hannover.