Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Chicago, Illinois, USA - Luthergarten

Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Illinois, USA

Baumpflanzung im Luthergarten
24. April 2017
James Nieman, Präsident:

"In dieser Osterzeit ist es unsere Freude, Gott zu danken, der das Leben über alle ausgießt - diese Stadt und unsere Nachbarn, diese Schule und unsere eigenen Körper, diese Pflanzen und diesem jungen, bescheidenen Baum. Wir danken Dr. Hendel und denen, die im vergangenen Jahr mit ihm nach Deutschland reisten -  deren Vision, die uns dazu inspirierte, Bäume nicht nur im Luthergarten in Wittenberg, sondern auch hier in unserem eigenen Hof zu pflanzen. Lassen Sie die Pflanzung dieses Baumes in unserer kleinen Ecke des Hyde Parks ein Zeichen unseres langjährigen Engagements zum Lernen und Wachsen an diesem Ort sein und eine Verbundenheit, um die Freuden und Sorgen dieser Stadt zu tragen. Lassen Sie unsere Pflanzung eines anderen Baumes viele Tausende von Meilen entfernt auch ein Zeichen unseres breiteren Engagements für die Mission Gottes in der Welt und unsere globale Gemeinschaft mit dem ganzen Volk Gottes in jedem Land und Ort sein."

Es ist der Partnerbaum für die Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Chicago, Illinois, USA, zum Baum Nummer 408 im Luthergarten in Wittenberg.

Luthergarten tree-planting
24 April 2017
President James Nieman:

“In this bright Easter season, it is our duty and joy to give thanks to our loving God who pours out life on us all – this city and our neighbors, this school and our own bodies, these plants and this young, humble tree. We recognize with thanksgiving Dr. Hendel and those who traveled with him to Germany last year, whose vision inspired them to plant trees not only in the Luthergarten at Wittenberg but also back here in our own courtyard. Let our planting of this tree on our small corner of Hyde Park be a sign of our longstanding commitment to learning and growing in this place, and our bond to bear the joys and sorrows of those in this city.Let our planting of another tree many thousands of miles away also be a sign of our wider commitment to the mission of God in the world, and our global fellowship with all God’s people in every land and place.

Fittingly, we do this today not only a few days after Earth Day and a few days before Arbor Day, but early during this grand fifty days of the Easter season in which the joy of the resurrection fills the whole earth. And in that spirit, we commit ourselves through the words of that great Easter reading from the book of Revelation, the vision of that great city with its holy light and living waters and tree for healing at its center: Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. [RV 22.1-2]

Here and in Wittenberg, let this tree be for us such a reminder of healing and hope for all peoples, calling us to commit our lives and vocations toward this wider purpose of sharing the risen one with our neighbors.”

It is the corresponding tree for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Illinois, USA, related to the tree number 408 in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg.