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Switzerland

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 195 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

The Swiss Confederation is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.  The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291, which is celebrated annually as Swiss National Day. It has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002

Religion

Roman-Catholic 38.4%, Swiss Reformed 27.8%, Non-Denominational  20.6%, Other Christians 5.6%, Islamic 4.9%.

Stone-Campbell Presence

Churches of Christ have worked in the German speaking areas of Switzerland, beginning in the early 1950s when Heinrich Blum, a convert to Churches of Christ, after studying in the United States, returned to Germany with Americans Jack and Joanne McKinney to begin the Zurich church in 1955. They and other missionaries from the United States began churches in Bern (1957),  Biel (1961), Basel (1963), St. Gallen (1995), and the Zurich church began congregations in Thun (1975)Schaffhausen (1995) and Luzern (1998). Doyle Kee is a French speaking missionary in Geneva, Switzerland.

International Churches of Christ have Congregations in Geneva and Zurich.

 Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) partners with World Student Christian Federation (Switzerland).

 

Created by Gary Holloway, October 15, 2013

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