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Sulze, Emil
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(Feb 26, 1832, Kamenz, Upper Lusatia – May 29, 1914, Bad Oeynhausen). As a pastor in Osnabrück, Chemnitz, and Dresden, Sulze recognized the need for church reform through congregational renewal. The mammoth metropolitan parishes (60,000 “souls” in Dresden-Neustadt!) were to be divided into districts, each headed by a “paterfamilias” responsible to the pastor. The goal was diaconal and pastoral “ministry of all to all” (Gemeinde, 49). “The laity learn from the clergy and vice versa” (Reform, 94). Theologically, it is essential for the concept of the unive…

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Winkler, Eberhard, “Sulze, Emil”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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