In the Swiss Confederation, Huldrych Zwingli in particular made a name for himself during the Reformation in the canton of Zurich. The reformer died for protesting against the church of Rome. The Reformed Church in Zurich was founded on the anniversary date and still refers to Switzerland’s great reformer today.
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A church based on the Bible?
Within just a few years, it would become the largest Reformed church congregation with the largest number of members in Switzerland. The Reformed Church of Zurich achieved this, which sounded extraordinary. The congregation, which has around 80,000 members, was founded on January 1, 2019, right on the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Zurich Reformation by Huldrych Zwingli in 1519 (Source). However, the members were already there when it was founded. There was a merger of the 32 Reformed parishes from the city of Zurich and the community of Oberengstringen, a small town in the canton of Zurich with around 6,200 inhabitants.
The Reformed Church is a branch of the Zurich Regional Church and describes itself as a Christian church. After all, the Reformed part refers to the Swiss reformer Zwingli, a comrade-in-arms of Martin Luther.
The “theology” of the Reformed Church in Zurich
In view of the mass exodus from the Catholic and Protestant churches, which is particularly prevalent in Germany, it seems interesting what “offer” the Reformed Church of Zurich offers its members and interested parties. When searching for topics that might concern the gospel, results appear like, “God is not a philistine,” “Oh my Goddess!” and “Saved, preserved – and rediscovered”. The latter topic sounds at least promising, but it deals with “rediscovered” feminist literature for preservation in the feminist library that has been established.
Ongoing offers for interested parties
A look at the calendar for the rest of 2023 and a little beyond shows a planned “wave dance of the 5 rhythms” for beginners and advanced users. The aim is to immerse yourself deeply in the waves to unite body and emotions. A satiating experience and an opening to peace with yourself and the world.
Anyone interested can also take part in the “Taizé Group’s after-work mediation” late in the evening and take part in the “Liturgical Morning Prayer” the next morning. This is followed by “laying on of hands” to provide encouragement and strength to overcome the challenges in life.
The Protestant Reformed Church also offers a “Eucharist celebration” on Saturday. Performed (of course) by a Catholic priest and accompanied by a Catholic pastor, organ and piano music.
Visitors can choose to attend either the “Ecumenical New Year’s Eve Service” or the “End of Year Celebration” with plenty of “church coffee”.
The new year starts with a selection of New Year’s services in various churches. At the start of the year, the Reformed Church of Zurich is offering a “Meditation in the Church” on January 3rd. The visitor is given the opportunity to take part in meditations in the “traditions of Zen and contemplation” by “sitting quietly, meditatively walking in the choir of the church”.
In addition to its main channel for general concerns and challenges in life, the Reformed Church of Zurich also operates channels on YouTube (link) that specialize in specific topics.
One of these channels is “OMG!” (link). There, six pastors from this church present contributions about relationships between people, the “urban family and professional woman”, the relationship between people and technology, interreligious dialogue and about nature, creation and mysticism.
Another YouTube channel run by the Reformed Church of Zurich is called “HOLY SHIT!” (link). A podcast channel hosted by a “queer” pastor. In these discussion groups with changing conversation partners, topics such as “What is gender? The Bible and the topic of gender”, “Nonbinary, what does that actually mean?”, “Church and homosexuality”, “Mental strength”, “Homophobia and leak cloths” are discussed, as well as “Does faith make you happy?”
Zwingli died for the Reformation
While the reformer Martin Luther was wanted and haunted, he died a natural death. His opponents couldn’t catch him. Other reformers, particularly in England, had a less happy ending.
However, Huldrych Zwingli, on whom the Zurich Reformed Church relies, died in the fight for the Reformation. He died in 1531 during the so-called Second Kappel War. A tangible dispute between the reformed Zurich and the Catholic cantons of Zug, Unterwalden, Schwyz, Lucerne and Uri. Zwingli fell into the hands of the Catholic opposing side.
In a public display, they mocked Zwingli by offering to hear a (Catholic) confession. After his murder, Zwingli was quartered, burned, and his ashes scattered to the winds. It wasn’t until 1838 that a monument to him was erected in Kappel and it wasn’t until 1885 that he was commemorated in the same way in Zurich. Huldrych Zwingli is considered the founder of the Reformed Church in Zurich.
Why still refer to Zwingli?
In addition to esoteric and Far Eastern New Age events, this church now also holds the original Catholic Eucharist in its own rooms (Eucharist – Info). The ecumenical solidarity with the institution that stood out as the bitterest opponent of the Reformation and also as the murderer of Huldrych Zwingli.
The Reformation is finished. The protest has long since died down (Info).
Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Bible verses from King James Version