Breaking Down Walls: Service of Remembrance

Breaking Down Walls service

Event Details


Date: November 9, 2019

Times: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Location: Chapel of Reconciliation, Augustana University (2125 s Summit Ave)

Ticket Info: This event is free and open to the public


Augustana Campus Ministry and the South Dakota Synod, ELCA will be commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a liturgy of songs, stories and prayers for peace, Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Reconciliation on Augustana's campus.

This November marks the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down after decades of separation between East and West Germany. On Saturday, Nov. 9, South Dakota Lutherans will gather for a service of remembrance in Sioux Falls and Rapid City to celebrate the Peaceful Revolution that led to the reunification of Germany — and the Lutheran roots of that revolution.

This service will draw inspiration from those who peacefully helped to end divisions between East and West, as well as the barriers that exist today in our hearts, in our communities, and throughout the world.

Bishop Constanze Hagmaier, a native of Germany, remembers the significance of that day in 1989:

“Growing up close to the Western side of the wall that once divided my home country of Germany for nearly 30 years, I have vivid memories of crossing the border, my family being divided into West and East, “Fake news from the enemy” and standing in line for necessities. I remember watching the peaceful revolution and the joy-filled celebration on TV, while thinking, “I am participating in making history!” But I also lived the pain of reuniting a country that had been divided, impoverished, and drifted apart.”

Bishop Hagmaier invites all to join her in commemorating the 30th anniversary of breaking down the Berlin Wall — both on the East and West sides of South Dakota.

About the Berlin Wall

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall began to come down after decades of separation between East and West Germany. Thirty years later, we gather to celebrate the Peaceful Revolution that led to the reunification of Germany — and the Lutheran roots of that revolution. This service of remembrance will draw inspiration from those who peacefully helped to end divisions between east and west. Let us join in prayer and reflection as we work to bring down the barriers that exist in our hearts, in our communities and throughout the world.