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17 March 2013
8.00 p.m.
Place of concert: St. Thomas Church in Leipzig
Charity concert for the swallow´s nest organ of the new University Church of St. Paul in Leipzig



 
with compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann David Heinichen, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Joachim Quantz et al.


Uwe Stickert, tenor
Leipziger Bach-Collegium:
Ludwig Güttler, trumpet and corna da caccia
Karl-Heinz Passin, flute
Bernd Schober, oboe
Roland Straumer, violin
Tom Höhnerbach, violincello
Bernd Haubold, contrabass
Friedrich Kircheis, organ and cembalo


Under the patronage of Stanislaw Tillich, governor of the Free State of Saxony


Promoter:
Foundation 'University Church of St Paul, Leipzig'



 

30 May 2012

10.00 a.m.

Augustusplatz in Leipzig

44 years later – commemoration ceremony of the demolition of the University Church of St Paul


Speakers:

Dr Thomas Feist, member of German Bundestag

Friederike Kaltofen, theology student

Rainer Fornahl, member of Action Alliance "Neue Universitätskirche St. Pauli"

The Action Alliance „New University Church St Paul“, the Paulinerverein and the Foundation „University Church of St Paul, Leipzig“ call on this commemoration ceremony and the following ceremony of the University of Leipzig in the New Augusteum.

 

 


5 February 2012
8.00 p.m.
Place of concert: St. Thomas Church in Leipzig
Charity concert for the swallow´s nest organ of the new University Church of St. Paul in Leipzig



with compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, Pierre François Boëly, Daniel Beilschmidt and Francis Poulenc.


Musicians:
Gesine Adler, soprano
Susanne Krumbiegel, alto
Martin Petzold, tenor
Gotthold Schwarz, bass
University organist Daniel Beilschmidt
Pauliner Baroque Ensemble
Under the direction of University Music Director David Timm


Under the patronage of Stanislaw Tillich, governor of the Free State of Saxony


Promoter:
Foundation 'University Church of St Paul, Leipzig'
The University of Leipzig University Music


Tickets for 19 EUR / reduced 9 EUR are available at all advance booking offices in Leipzig - with the advance booking fee included.  Last-minute tickets for students and Leipzig-Pass owners can be bought on site 15 minutes prior to the concert  (5 EUR).



31 October 2010
11.15 a. m. (doors open 10.00 a. m.)          
Festive celebration of the University worship on the Reformation Day in the new University Church of St Paul in Leipzig



Preacher: The Revd Professor Dr Rüdiger Lux, First University Preacher
Music:
Brass ensemble under the direction of Professor Ludwig Güttler
University Choir under the direction of University Music Director David Timm
University organist Daniel Beilschmidt
The music of this University worship is sponsored by the Foundation 'University Church of St Paul, Leipzig'.



29 May 2010
3 p. m.
Alte Handelsbörse, Leipzig
Award of the Paulus Medal to Mayor Burkhard Jung for the City of Leipzig



In this ceremony the Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, received a copy of the Paulus Medal from the hand of the Chairman of the Foundation in gratitude for the participation of the city on the financing of the so-called swallow's nest organ in the choir of the reconstructed church which will also be used as the University's Assembly Hall. The medal has been produced by the Foundation in a strictly limited edition with individually numbered copies based on a find in the old University Church in 1643. The medal is awarded to the Foundation to all benefactors and donors of 500 € or more.


In accordance with the consensus of the Free State of Saxony, the University of Leipzig, the University chaplaincy and the Foundation 'University Church of St Paul, Leipzig' a smaller, so-called swallow's nest-organ is to be built in the choir of the Assembly Hall and Church at the Leipzig Augustus Square, alongside the larger main organ at the west end of the nave of the church. The City of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony have contributed 100.000 € each to the construction of the organ, and the remaining funding gap of 50.000 € has been recently filled by the Foundation. It is now up to University of Leipzig to initiate the tendering process for the construction and installation of the organ.


On 29 May 2010 the Foundation also celebrated the second anniversary of its founding. In addition to the City of Leipzig, a number of other benefactors and donors were honoured, who had made significant contributions since the University service in the shell of the new church on the Second Sunday in Advent 2009, when medals were also awarded to a number of benefactors and donors. During the ceremony a number of short papers on the significance of the Apostle Paul in the history of the old University Church and on the concept of the new organ and its tuning in Renaissance style were given, and a musical accompaniment complemented the ceremony.


Click HERE for the list of benefactors and donors who so far received the Paulus Medal.


Celebration on 29 May 2010 with the handing over of the Paulus Medal to the Mayor of the City of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung,
and further private benefactors und donors



20 March 2010
8 p.m.
Cinema in the Museum 'Runde Ecke'
Book launch and discussion as part of 'Leipzig Reads'

Helmut Goerlich / Torsten Schmidt:
Res sacrae in Eastern Germany - Legal Issues for the Reconstruction of the University Church in Leipzig


In the context of the current debate about the rebuilding of the Leipzig University Church Helmut Goerlich and Torsten Schmidt looked at the hotly debated topic from at the point of view of German constitutional law and the canon law of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony. In the context of the legal code res sacra, they investigated whether churches in the new Länder are 'in public ownership' and thus should receive special protection according to the constitution and the established legal relationship between church and state. From a legal point of view they debated the legitimacy and legality of the reconstruction and future use of the 'Paulinerkirche'. The authors argued that in East Germany there are frequently difficulties in understanding and applying this seemingly obscure field of law. What form of 'compensation' for the destruction of the University Church1968 by the SED for entirely political reasons is necessary and possible was explained in the subsequent panel discussion. This stimulated a differentiated approach to this highly politicized and polarizing issue. For more information with regard to the jurisprudential work of Helmut Goerlich / Thorsten Schmidt click HERE.


Chair: Dankwart Guratzsch


Participants::
Helmut Goerlich, Author
Rüdiger Lux, First University Preacher, University of Leipzig
Martin Oldiges, Chair of the Executive Board of the Foundation 'University Church of St Paul, Leipzig'
Johannes Kimme, President of the Evangelical Church Office of Saxony
The University declined the invitation to send a representative to participate in the discussion.


Organizer: Citizens Committee Leipzig e.V.  in cooperation with the Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.



6 December 2009 (Second Sunday in Advent)
11.15 a. m.          
University Church of St Paul
Celebration of the first University worship on the site of the new University Church forty-one years after the demolition in 1968



President: The Revd Professor Dr Rüdiger Lux, First University Preacher
Preacher: The Revd Professor Dr Peter Zimmerling, Second University Preacher
Music: University Choir and Pauliner Baroque Ensemble under the direction of University Music Director David Timm.
J. S. Bach, Cantata 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland' BWV 61
The music of this University worship was sponsored financially by the Foundation 'University Church of St Paul, Leipzig'.


Further information and pictures of the first University worship on the site of the new University Church of St Paul:




Forty-one years after the demolition of the old University Church in 1968, the first university service was celebrated in the new University Church of St Paul, which is still under construction, on the Second Sunday in Advent 2009. At the invitation of the Chaplaincy of the University of Leipzig, the Paulinerverein e.V,, the Action Alliance, 'New University Church St Paul' and the Foundation 'University Church of St Paul, Leipzig' a large crowd of people came to the Leipzig Augustus Square. Almost immediately after the opening of the church all available places were allocated. A large number of people participated in this historic church service, which as also broadcast outside for those who had been unable to gain access to the building. The event was by far the largest in terms of public popularity within the anniversary week celebrating the 600th anniversary of the University of Leipzig.


The Foundation is delighted with the impressive public response. We are pleased that with this service the week of celebrations of the 600th Anniversary of University of Leipzig has found a worthy conclusion and climax. By courtesy of the Free State of Saxony, access to the University Church of St Paul had been permitted to the Paulinerverein, so that on the Second Sunday of Advent after the academic ceremony and the musical celebrations this act of worship in the new University Church of St Paul could take place. This was a clear, symbolic sign of the rich historical and future threefold use of the University Church of St Paul: academic, musical and as a place of worship. The Foundation 'University Church of St Paul, Leipzig' supports and promotes the continuation and development of this threefold use.


The Foundation is grateful to the University Chaplaincy for the possibility to honour donors during first service at the new University Church of St Paul. The benefactors and donors were awarded the bronze portrait medal of the Apostle Paul, which has been specially minted in a strictly limited edition. The dedication of two of these medals to the Revd Professor Ernst-Heinz Amberg and in memory of the Revd Gordian Landwehr OP is a special tribute to two outstanding personalities for their historical work in context with the old University Church of St Paul. Their work is a significant legacy for all who now bear responsibility for the recovery of the University Church of St Paul as an intellectual and spiritual centre.









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