On October 14th, 2016, Bishop Markus Dröge (right, next to the tree) and the members of the Church Council planted a catalpa tree on behalf of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia (EKBO) in Germany.
On May 10th, 2017, Bishop Dr. Markus Dröge (left, with spade, shoveling the soil), together with the county commissioner, the mayor, and members of the congregation, planted the partner tree for the regional church EKBO. The red maple tree stands directly adjacent to an unhewn cornerstone of the former church in Horno, which once had to be demolished due to surface mining for coal. While obtaining the tree, the villages of Kerkwitz, Atterwasch, and Grabko were also threatened by coal mining. Thankfully the news came that these places were spared after all. In the prayer service, Bishop Dr. Dröge made reference to the hope which every tree planting bears, remembering the saying attributed to Martin Luther: “And even if I knew that tomorrow the world would end, I would still plant a little apple tree today.”