|Krista Grengel, Reinhard Groscurth, and Peter Makari|
Christa Grengel, who also participated in the talks leading to full communion, spoke to us about key UCC leaders with whom she worked during the process. She pointed out that people like the late Scott Libbey, who served as Conference Minister in South Dakota at the time, and Fred Trost, retired Wisconsin Conference Minister, were instrumental in helping the churches of the former GDR (German Democratic Republic/ East Germany) feel less isolated from the rest of the church. She told us that the relationship "brought us out from behind the wall."
By the end of the evening it was more than clear that this full communion relationship, known in German as Kirchengemeinschaft, is the result of deep commitment to peace, justice and the visible expression to God's gift of church unity that is valued by the UCC and its ecumenical partner in Germany, the UEK.