On July 15, 2023, St. Thomas Church in Berlin-Kreuzberg will be transformed into a vibrant place for music fans, the curious and people in search of spirituality. The rave “LOVE HEALS THE SOUL” brings the techno scene to the historic church, combining ecstasy and spirituality. “Already in the Bible, transcendence and ecstasy were important elements of religious life,” says Bertold Höcker, theologian and superintendent in the Protestant Church District of Berlin Stadtmitte, “We are bringing this form of religious experience back into the church.”
Spirituality and techno culture are two sides of the same message, he says. To this end, St. Thomas Church is being opened as a place of encounter and shared experience. Bertold Höcker: “With this event, we are building bridges between people from different walks of life, so that they can experience the connection between church and ecstasy in a contemporary way.” The rave is organized by the Protestant Church District of Berlin Stadtmitte. The main act will be Torsten Kanzler (Filth on Acid), techno producer, DJ and central figure of German techno. In addition, three up-and-coming DJs from the Berlin and Cologne techno scene (T-Mon, Haffenloher and VADH) will present themselves.
The rave will close with spiritual chill-out.