Reformed pastor of the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland, Martin Hoegger was for ten years in charge of ecumenical relations for his Church and director of the Swiss Bible Society. In a conversation with Joan Back he shared a lifetime experience of living ecumenism.
My ecumenical upbringing
I was born into an interdenominational family: my father was a Reformed Protestant from German-speaking Switzerland, while my mother was a Catholic from Ticino in Italian-speaking Switzerland. My first memories of the Church are of the Catholic Mass to which my mother regularly took me. However, I had been baptised in the Reformed Church, in which I received all my religious education until I was confirmed at the age of 16. I became a believer at the age of 20 following a personal 'road to Damascus'.