Marianne Margaret Ferris - Hartford CourantThursday, March 15, 2018
Frank of Boston, MA, and Peter Ferris of Avon, CT. Her family also included 11 cherished grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years Edmund "Brig" Wittenmeyer Ferris, her son Lyman and granddaughter Sarah Lizotte. Marianne was born in Honnef, Germany in 1921 and immigrated to the United States with her father Vincent, mother Maria, sister Gertrude and brother John, traveling on the S.S. Bremen arriving at Ellis Island in April of 1923. Her family successfully owned and operated the Avenue U Florist in Brooklyn and moved to Newton, NJ where they purchased a parcel of land, built a commercial greenhouse and opened Ley's Florist Shop. Marianne attended St. Elizabeth's Academy in Convent Station, NJ and worked long hours in the floral shop to support her family. In 1946 she met an office supply salesman Edmund "Brig" Ferris while working as an office temp. A year later she married the "love of her life" and in 1948 the first of her five children and namesake Marianne was born. Marianne was a devoted Christian, wife and mother that loved and adored her husband and cherished her five children. She did everything she could to support her husband and his career. She was responsible for not only raising five children but also caring for her father Vincent in the family home. She enjoyed traveling around the world with her husband Brig. They traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia in a long forgotten era of international travel. Her favorites were Sa...http://www.courant.com/obituaries/hc-obituary-marianne-margaret-ferris-20180218-story.html
'Luther Country' in Germany marks 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation - Honolulu Star-AdvertiserFriday, October 13, 2017
By Amy S. Eckert, Chicago TribuneOctober 8, 2017Updated October 8, 2017 12:05am-- TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICEThis living room of the Luther House in Wittenberg is where heated theology discussions would have taken place during Luther’s popular Table Talks with other religious scholars and guests.TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICELuther’s Death House in Eisleben houses a museum with more than 100 authentic artifacts, including historic furniture, documents and the original cloth that covered Luther’s coffin. It was long thought to be the house in which Luther died, but it’s now believed that he passed away in another property in town.TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICEAt Wartburg Castle, perched some 1,300 feet above the town of Eisenach, Luther took refuge and translated the New Testament into German.~~ -- ~~ -- WITTENBERG, Germany >>For the world’s roughly 800 million Protestants, a small corner of eastern Germany is their spiritual home — a place that takes on added importance this year, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.Covering an area roughly 150 miles long, so-called Luther Country is the birthplace and longtime home of religious ...http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/08/travel/luther-country-in-germany-marks-500th-anniversary-of-protestant-reformation/
A German town, pop. 2135, welcomes 2 million visitors for Martin Luther's 500th - The Denver PostFriday, August 11, 2017
WITTENBERG, GERMANY — It’s 8 a.m. in rural east Germany, and Gunter, a hulking tree trunk of a man, is swinging a hammer over his head, pounding together the steel frame of a 90-foot-tall lookout tower resembling a bible.“This is a big year for us!” he exclaims over a chorus of jackhammers. “The world is coming, and we want to build something special so people remember who we are.”Welcome to Wittenberg, a tiny town with a big heart and an even bigger bible. You might have heard about this place in history class, and if you’re anywhere in Germany this year, you probably will hear its name again.It was here that, on Oct. 31, 1517, an obscure monk walked down the street from his cloister, may have nailed a piece of parchment to the door of a church and sparked a religious revolution. The rebel was Martin Luther, and his 95 theses railing against church corruption not only ripped Christianity in two but propelled Europe from Middle Ages darkness to Renaissance humanism, inspired the Enligh...http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/27/wittenberg-germany-martin-luther-500-anniversary/
Adventist Leaders Retrace Martin Luther's Footsteps in Germany - Adventist ReviewFriday, August 11, 2017
Bible over religious tradition.The July 6-10 tour included stops in the German cities of Erfurt (where Luther entered St. Augustine’s Monastery to become a monk in 1505), Wittenberg (where Luther is said to have nailed 95 theses to a church door in 1517), and Eisenach (where Luther, concealed in nearby Wartburg Castle, made the New Testament accessible to ordinary Germans by translating it into German in less than 11 weeks in 1521).Werner Dullinger, president of the South German Union Conference, giving the tour group's morning worship in the church where Luther trained to be a monk in Erfurt, Germany. [Photo: Stephan G. Brass/ADAMS]Johannes Naether, center, president of the North German Union Conference, sightseeing with Ted and Nancy Wilson. [Photo: Stephan G. Brass/ADAMS]Members of the Protestant Reformation tour group exploring a German town. [Photo: Stephan G. Brass/ADAMS]“The great revelation of the plain reading of the Word of God and the actual reading of the Word of God inspired countless thousands of people in Germany and around the world,” Wilson said in an interview on a tour bus traveling between Reformation sites. “Those people wanted to relate the personal experience that they had obtained of knowing God through the reading His Word and to share it with others.”That is the same missionary spirit that should burn brightly in the hearts of Adventists, Wilson said. He noted that Adventist Church cofounder Ellen G. White indicated in her writings that the Reformation was never to stop with Luther but was to continue to Jesus’ Second Coming.“This Reformation, based completely on the Word of God and our relationship with the Lord, must continue to the very end of time,” Wilson said. “We are to share this and the three angels’ messages of Je...http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story5279-adventist-leaders-retrace-martin-luthers-footsteps-in-germany
German City Braces For Protests as Erdogan Opens Mega MosqueWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.Erdogan's visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called "guest workers" from the 1960s.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.The size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany with imams paid by the Turkish state.Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.
Stillness and shock in Hambach Forest after journalist diesWednesday, October 17, 2018
Hambach Forest. Despite efforts to revive him, the 27-year-old German citizen died after being flown out by helicopter. Following the accident, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister, Herbert Reul, announced that police activities in the forest would be suspended for now. "We cannot just proceed as normal at least I can't," Reul said at a press conference Wednesday night. Whether the eviction will continue is not yet known. The journalist is understood to have fallen from the bridge leading off this treehouse Read more: Hambach Forest: Battleground for climate action 'Pure sunshine' Activists and members of the public have gathered in Beechtown, one of the treehouse villages. People lay flowers on a makeshift altar, hug each other, sit on the leaf-covered forest floor and converse in whispers. Activists and citizens took time to mourn and honor the dead journalist in Hambach Forest A yellow banner hangs between two trees: "We love you and we won't forget," it reads in red letters, just a few meters from where the journalist died. Meyn had been present at the protest in the forest for months. He was working on a documentary about the occupation, he told me when I met him last week in Hambach Forest. A fellow freelance journalist with no direct assignment, but clearly strongly motivated to document what was happening on the ground. Equipped with a 360-degree camera placed on his bicycle helmet, and a big smile. To those he met, he came across as a friendly, chatty guy. Indeed, he was a friend to many activists and...https://www.dw.com/en/stillness-and-shock-in-hambach-forest-after-journalist-dies/a-45579629
Protests planned as Erdogan opens mega mosque in CologneWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.
Erdogans visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called guest workers from the 1960s.
Several anti-Erdogan demos are planned in Cologne on Saturday, including one under the banner Erdogan Not Welcome.
They are expected to gather a few kilometres (miles) away from the neighbourhood of the mosque.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.
The sheer size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.
The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.
The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany, and its imams are paid by the Turkish state.
Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of its members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.
German media recently reported that the domestic intelligence service was considering putting Ditib under surveillance.
German energy firm RWE investigates cyber attackWednesday, October 17, 2018
IT specialists to look into the matter.
In the meanwhile, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have continued with their clearance operations at a highly symbolic site for activists in the Hambach.
Security authorities ordered protestors on Tuesday to remove flowers and candles commemorating a 27-year-old journalist who recently fell to his death in the forest, so that a nearby treehouse could be dismantled.
The Hambach forest forms part of a property owned by German energy giant RWE which comprises the world's largest open pit brown coal mine.
The company plans to cut down 100 out of a remaining 200 hectares of woodland from October 2018, a development which is vehemently resisted by activists who have moved into the threatened area and built treehouses and makeshift barriers there.
A member of an activist group, known as "Operation Undergrowth" told the German press agency (dpa) earlier that some forest occupiers had by now already lived in Hambach for six years.
The police operation, which was temporarily stalled following the fatal accident of the journalist, is one of the largest to be recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia to date and is supported by reinforcements from other German states.