The C.A. Evangelical Church in Romania celebrated this year 500 years from the Protestant Reform by a series of projects and events aiming at reinforcing the relationships between the Lutheran Churches in different countries, as well as promoting the Romanian image throughout the world, especially of the regions where the Church has its historical roots.
One of the most spectacular projects was initialized by Father Uwe Seidner from Vulcan, Brasov County, who had in mind to reiterate alongside six young boys the old Silk Road.
In Medieval Transylvania
The Silk Road has a decisive role in the trading relations of medieval Transylvania. The oriental carpets of un-esteemed value from the heritage of the Black Church and of other important churches in Transylvania stand as living proof of this, turning the C.A Evangelic Church in one of the most important owners of carpets from Anatolia and Central Asia.
A study trip
This project, designed as a study trip on one of the routes of the famous Silk Road aims mainly cities and areas where German and Romanian communities can be found. There are also included the Bessarabia communities moved to East and their current living conditions. Meetings with these communities are established, religious ceremonies in different Lutheran Churches, respectively ecumenic and inter-religious meetings. The religious ceremonies within which the Lutheran Reform is celebrated have as purpose the reinforcement of the relations with these Sister Churches, often insulated.
An enormous project
The project enjoyed a great support from several church and civil organizations from the country and from abroad.
We mention that the project is the more interesting as this spring, Xi Jinping, President of China, officially launched, at an international summit taking place in Beijing, in the presence of 29 heads of states and governments, the new Silk Road, an enormous project in which China will invest 113 billion euro.