In 2013 the Evangelical-Lutheran Congregation Amsterdam celebrates its 425th anniversary. To mark this special occasion Dr Sabine Hiebsch (W.J. Kooiman-J.P. Boendermaker Luther research position) organises a symposium: Van pakhuis tot preekhuis. This symposium (Dutch spoken) will take place on Saturday, November 9th 2013, from 12:45 - 6:00 pm in the Oude Lutherse Kerk, Singel 411/hoek Spui, in Amsterdam. Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix will attend the symposium.
Refugees who left for the northern parts of the Low Countries after the conquering of Antwerp in 1585 and immigrants from Germany and Scandinavia stood at the cradle of the congregation.
From modest gatherings in house churches the congregation grew very quickly and in 1633 could start celebrating its services in the (Oude) Lutherse Kerk. This church had been rebuild from several warehouses and could hold up to 6000 people.
The history of the Lutheran congregation in Amsterdam, a congregation that had a leading position for a long time, doesn’t just stand on its own, but also represents the history of a religious minority: the Lutherans in de Low Countries.
With an interdisciplinary approach that includes history, theology, art history and the history of music, periods of the 425 year old history of the congregation will be highlighted. Pieter van Dijk and Klaas Koelewijn will play organ music composed by Lutheran organists from the Amsterdam congregation throughout the centuries.
At the end of the symposium a jubileebook will be presented: Sabine Hiebsch/Martin L. van Wijngaarden (ed.), Van pakhuis tot preekhuis. 425 jaar lutherse gemeente in Amsterdam (1588-2013), Zoetermeer: Boekencentrum 2013. This book contains the papers of the symposium, together with some other contributions. It also holds a CD with impressions of Lutheran organ music from Amsterdam, played by Pieter van Dijk and Klaas Koelewijn. Princess Beatrix has kindly agreed to receive the first copy of the jubileebook.
More detailed programme information is available in Dutch since the symposium will be Dutch spoken.