Manfred Rekowski, President of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, about the benefits of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen.
The co-founder of the idea of co-operatives, that has now spread world-wide, and who is known as the “compassionate banker”, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen has entered the history books. He was born 200 years ago in Hamm-on-Sieg. What is publicly less known about him – although academically well-researched – is the fact of the Christian roots of this deeply religious Protestant believer. For him social engagement and faith belonged inextricably together.
In the Raiffeisen memorial year 2018 the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland is commemorating the Christian social reformer. What do his co-operative ideals teach us today? What are their significance for the economic and socio-political challenges of society both here at home and world-wide? Could local churches and Church Districts activate more people if they organised their activists co-operatively and established co-operative societies? We will be tackling questions such as these on this website. They will be considered in greater depth, among other matters, at the “Evangelical Raiffeisen Congress” on 18th and 19th June in Bonn, which the Rhineland Church invites you to attend. In addition, we are looking forward to numerous events inspired by this Christian social reformer which will take place within the area of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland during this Raiffeisen year.
I wish you a stimulating read!
President of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland.