Title: From the Unexpected to Tranquility

Subtitle: Memories of an Ecumenical Civil Servant

Author: Hans W. Florin


This is the memoir of an energetic, outspoken, forward-looking, and unassuming man who devoted his life to the Christian world mission. His career included service under the auspices of Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches, the World Association of Christian Communications, and the United Bible Societies. His story is, in brief, the fascinating history of the modern world church.


About the author:

Hans Florin grew up in Guetersloh, Germany. After completing his basic school, he studied theology at Heidelberg, Gottingen, and Muenster. He then received a World Council of Churches (WCC) scholarship to Colgate Rochester Divinity School (CRDS) in upstate New York. He returned to Germany in late 1955 to pursue steps of the non-academic training for parish ministry. During this time, he qualified for a scholarship from the Ford Foundation to pursue a Ph.D. program at Boston University.

Returning to Germany, he was ordained as Lutheran pastor of the Church in Westphalia. Hardly had he settled into the parish when he was called to the staff of the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland, an assignment that took him on to Apartied South Africa. His career developed with unexpected leadership roles with the World Council of Church (WCC), The World Association of Christian Communication (WACC), and the United Bible Societies (UBS).


ISBN: 978-1933794679

Pages: 114 pages, perfect bound

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Price: $15.00

Publication date: December 14, 2012

From the Unexpected to Tranquility by Hans W. Florin