Original Posting At http://www.umglobal.org/2018/05/recommended-readings-on-staunen.html
European Methodists assemble every three years for a festival titled “Staunen!” (“Amazement”). As the event’s website states, “It’s not a training course, not a church retreat and also not a group holiday: it’s a bit of everything and yet something completely different.”
Staunen! 2018 ran May 9-13 in Cuxhaven, Germany. The UMC/EmK in Germany carried several stories reporting on the festival. Reading through the stories gives a sense of the flavor of European Methodism across many countries.
The stories (all in German) are as follows (with English translations of their titles and description):
Traumhafter Auftakt – Dreamlike Start: Pure sunshine and a great festival area frame the beginning of the “Staunen!” Festival.Bishop Rückert invites attendees to “dream.”
Schlaglichter der Vielfalt – Highlights of Diversity: The diversity of life is reflected in the program of the European Methodist Festival in Cuxhaven
Eine große Familie – A Big Family: An international festival thrives on encounters and a special flair. Visitors to the “Staunen!” Festival talk about their experiences.
Schritte Wagen – Dare to Step Out: The penultimate day of the European Methodist Festival had two highlights: the open-air worship service and the music evening.
Runter vom Berg! – Down from the Mountain!:The “Staunen!” festival in Cuxhaven ended with a sending church service. The accent on this Sunday was the return to everyday life.