On April 14th, 2013, 28 members of the Evangelical Lutheran Deanery Coburg, Germany, traveled to Wittenberg to plant a common ash tree on behalf of the deanery. After a brief devotional service, Dean Christoph Liebst (2nd from left) invited the members of the Deanery Board to carry out the symbolic tree planting with a handful of soil.
The “Lutherweg” path connects various Luther memorial sites over several hundred kilometers in the German states of Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, and Thuringia, and passes by Coburg Castle (Veste Coburg). A “Luther oak” is now a landmark in the Court Garden of Coburg Castle since its planting on October 31st, 2012, by both Protestant church district deans in Coburg, Dean Christoph Liebst (not pictured), and Dean Andreas Kleefeld (right, with spade), together with Coburg’s Deputy Mayors Norbert Tessmer (2nd from right, with spade) and Hans-Heinrich Ulmann (3rd from right, with spade). Energetically supporting the project ecumenically, Coburg’s Catholic Dean Roland Huth (2nd from right) took part as well.