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"The Church Behind the Iron Curtain" with Kerstin Jeske and Eva Erickson
Kerstin Jeske and Eva M. Erickson will share stories of church life in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) during the time of the Iron Curtain. Church life in East Germany was restricted by the government. Churches were under constant observation and church members at times experienced reprisals. Nevertheless, as you will hear in the stories, in East Germany church life was vibrant and influential even on today’s church in Germany.

Nov 4, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kerstin Jeske and Eva Erickson
Kerstin Jeske was born into the church, and as the daughter of the leader of the church in East Germany at that time, church was a big part of her life. She worked full-time for Community of Christ from 1994-2005 and served as president of seventy for Europe and Africa from 2000-2007. She now is a high-priest and serves as the ministry coordinator for Norway, where she resides. Eva M Erickson grew up in East Germany as well, was raised in the Lutheran church and joined the RLDS church in 1991 after experiencing children’s and youth camps. Eva met her husband in the US and lived there for many years before returning to Germany in 2005. She is a member of the standing high council and serves as the ministry coordinator for Germany. Kerstin and Eva met in their youth, were an integral part of church life in East Germany, went to Graceland together, and are still the very best of friends even though they now reside in different countries.