The Church of our Lady is one of Dresden’s most beloved churches.
This church was completely rebuilt by the citizens of Dresden in a process that took over 60 years. The people wanted to reuse the original materials and to a large part were successful. Approximately 45% of the church is the original stone or foundation. The impressive part to me is the role that people played in this process. The largest funding source for this reconstruction was donations, from people, 102.8 million Euros.That is 2,354,848.06 US Dollars in today’s exchange. Can you imagine? It wasn’t just the people of Dresden either, Germans, Europeans and people from all over the world donated to rebuild this stunning church.
The ball really got rolling after the fall of the Wall in 1989. 22 citizens came together and wrote a letter titled “Appeal from Dresden” in 1990. They wanted the building to be a global place of peace, honor and beauty that all people could enjoy. I still remember when I first moved to Columbus in 1992 hearing the appeals from the Dresden Sister City organization and Frank Wobst to donate to the rebuilding efforts.
The church was consecrated in October of 2005. I am so thankful it was preserved and rebuilt by the visionary people of Dresden. What a testament to the Margaret Mead quotation. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”