Prayer Meetings in Leipzig -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
It has been twenty five years since the Berlin Wall fell, once again uniting the people of Berlin, and ultimately leading to the reunification of Germany after nearly a half-century of separation. Americans like to think that it was Ronald Reagan's tough talk to Mikhail Gorbachev that did it. More likely it was the peaceful and prayerful protests of East German Christians, including those in Leipzig led by by Pastor Christian Fuhrer. Martin Marty offers his reflections on this movement and its leader, who died on July 1. He makes the comparison between our celebration of a not so peaceful revolution and this one done in peace. I invite your reading and reflection.