Translation tools for writers

Translation tools for writers

Improve your texts

Communities live by communication. Multilingual communities need communication across language borders. Naturally, not everyone is as fluent as a native speaker. Even native speakers need not be fluent in their own language. Here are some internet tools to help you improve your communication across languages.

Improving your texts

At the All Souls Protestant Church, we want to improve our communication. Even though everyone speaks English, not everyone is confident enough to be an author. “My English is not good enough” is a much-heard answer. Luckily a lot can be done to improve your texts by using some clever tools.

Being flawless is not the goal. The real issue is the content (what you write). To encourage people to contribute and to lower thresholds for potential authors is the goal of this post. Communities are a result of communication, not a result of flawlessness. Just go ahead and write something. The value is in the writing.

Once you start writing, tools are here to help you polish your texts.

Translating with Deepl

The best translation engine out there today is Deepl. The Germany-based company uses artificial intelligence to create phenomenal translations. Deepl translates to and from many European languages and gives results which are way better as the more widely known Google Translate.

Deepl now also released translation apps for Mac and Windows which make it extremely simple to use it on your own computer (internet connection needed).

deepl.com

Other languages: Use translate.google.com.

Dive deeper into languages with Leo

Leo.org is another fabulous website for writers and anyone interested in languages. Leo is a fantastic tool to find proper translations and expressions. An active forum is a perfect way to ask questions and verify expressions in languages you are not very familiar with. The website leo.org always presents a list of found expressions, showing varieties (like British and US English), highlighting ambiguous terms, and adding posts from the forum about the search term.

Leo also has apps for Android and iOS as well as several other tools to work in web browsers.

Spellchecking with Grammarly

If you are writing English texts, Grammarly is a must. It interprets your texts, checks your grammar and syntax and offers great spellchecking. It will not auto-correct your texts, but rather present changes, that you can correct it yourself. For that reason, Grammarly is also a great learning tool.

Grammarly is everywhere. Find Grammarly online at the website, as a plug-in for Web browsers, or as native desktop applications and there even are apps for mobile devices.

Duden Mentor for German

Duden dictionaries are the leading dictionaries for the German language. The equivalent of the Grammarly website for German is mentor.duden.de. On this website as well, you can check your texts thoroughly. The basic functionality is free.

Duden Mentor has not yet any other native tools for this functionality.

Strategies to follow

There are several strategies you can follow. For example, if you know your languages, simply write in English, but switch on Grammarly. This will give you a reliable spellchecking and much more. If your mother tongue is German, consider writing your text in German, correct it with Duden Mentor, then translate it with Deepl, followed by a thorough reading by yourself or someone else.

What else do you find helpful in writing? Let us know!


Change is inevitable

Change is inevitable

Charting unknown territory.


What’s in the box? If you ask what All Souls Protestant Church (ASPC) is about and what it has to offer, there is not a standard answer. The only correct answer is “change” or “adaption”. That is not a simple answer, unfortunately.

Expectations

All Souls is a pioneering project. It was officially called a project for three years. Last year the status changed, an association («Verein») was founded, new elders were installed and we are now a parish. We are not a standard parish though. While a regular parish is always bound to a certain area, All Souls is not. We are called the All Souls Protestant Church in St. Gallen and eastern Switzerland. We are a regional community. Because of that, it is something new. There is no official status for this construction. We are a parish, yes. And we are a parish, no. We are an in-between-kind-of-fellowship.

Traditional views do not apply to pioneering projects. No one puts new wine into old wineskins (Matthew 9:17). Someone told me that All Souls should be moving more quickly. Upon my question what that means, the immediate reaction was, that ASPC should quickly have a thousand members or so. With other words: All Souls should become just like all other parishes, facing the same problems. Frankly said that is not an attractive thought. It was a question about money, not about a community. These were remarks about numbers, not about people. The expectation referred to the current situation of the Evangelical Reformed Church in the Canton St. Gallen. We should adapt. We should become like the others. The expectation expressed was about conformity, not about reformation, much less about innovation.

This will never happen. It simply can’t. It’s not how it works.

Levels of change

We are a group of people who want to share. We are a thriving community, where people actively engage with each other. We care. All Souls might have started as a project, but today it is a community. The focus has shifted. All Souls no longer is an abstract idea, but a reality we live.

As a community, we embrace change. We try to figure out what works best. If something doesn’t work, we need to adapt. There are practical questions involved, like the set-up for church services or how to move on with our table-talk-sessions. We also share our vision. In Kreuzlingen a first English church service was held and a new English speaking community is in the making. We are glad to be part of that journey, to provide knowledge, experience and ideas. We realize that these engagements have an immediate impact on ourselves as well because time and resources are limited. We have to find ways to deal with this, while new projects appear on the horizon.

Change therefor is also resulting from the limitations we have. People participate passionately, they feel at home and contribute their thoughts and dreams. The question to all activities will be: Who is responsible for something to become a reality? Which tasks should be prioritized? Church “the All Souls way” is not about providing services, but about being the service – to each other. This requires flexibility to change at every level, all the time.

Teamwork

We are a small team. Funding covers just 50% (or two-and-a-half days of work per week) for Scotty Williams, our pastor. The elders have regular jobs and are limited in time as well. These are real-life challenges. How can we balance the needs of our community with our personal and healthy limitations? How can we develop visionary thoughts, encourage new projects and support new communities simultaneously? Indeed, these combined tasks would require several full-time jobs, which are not available.

Teamwork, therefore, is active participation in a process of change. We must ask ourselves many questions to create the community we want. How can we adapt to the limitations? How can we strengthen our fellowship in St. Gallen? In what way can we support new communities?

It is extremely rewarding to be part of a community like All Souls. The community, that’s us. We rethink the way we can be a church. We test it. We engage with new ideas. That will not change. That’s who we are.

Change is inevitable, and that’s a good thing.


Summer Break 2019

Summer Break 2019

Enjoy some quiet days and we see you by the end of july.


Summer is here! All Souls Protestant Church is having a summer break. There will be no sunday service on two dates: july 14th and 21st.

  • July 7th: Last sunday service before the summer break (with a baptism)
  • July 28th: First sunday service after the summer break (Swiss Day celebration)

During the summer break, Scotty Williams will be on vacation. For urgent matters only (!) he can be reached on the regular phone number as listed > here.

Check the special events just before and right after the summer break. All is listed in the events list.

Everyone a healthy, great, restful summer!


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What is Rally Day?

What is Rally Day?

Rally Day is a social event commonly celebrated among English speaking protestant churches worldwide. It is a day of renewal and fellowship. Rally Day is focussed on the joys of being in a community.

As a church we celebrate during the church service and follow-up with an afternoon barbecue. We are asking ourselves what it means to be a church member, how we can view eachother.

The bible text for this day will be:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25

Rally Day will be celebrated on June 30th, 2019. Be part of it.


New All Souls Website

New All Souls Website

Colorful, bright and all new – welcome to the new All Souls website! Have a look around, subscribe to our newsletters and let us know what you think!


Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Your life and wellbeing are important to us.


Get in touch with the pastor

To make requests for baptisms (infant and believer’s), baby dedications, weddings, funerals, visitations, or pastoral counseling, please email or call our pastor:

Note: Our services are meant for English speakers only.


Sacraments

Sacraments

Baptism and Communion


What are Sacraments?

“Sacrament” (derived from the Latin word sacramentum) is the word Christians use for a special moment where God shows up and gives His grace. Though there are many moments of grace in our lives, Sacraments have special rites or ceremonies instituted by God and commended by Christ.

Sacraments are also signs by which we show our allegiance to Christ who seals us in redemption, renews our identity as His people, and marks us for service to the world in His name. Among the Church’s traditions there are differing opinions over the number of Sacraments, and in some Churches there are as many as seven. In the Reformed tradition to which All Souls belongs, there are only two Sacraments which are Baptism and Holy Communion.

Baptism at All Souls

Like all other Reformed Churches, with the exception of Reformed Baptists, our community practices both infant and believer’s baptism (by sprinkling and immersion) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In infant baptism, we confess our confidence in God’s gracious initiative, that a baby who cannot turn to God is nonetheless claimed as a member of the covenant community, a child of God, cleansed by grace and sealed by the Spirit.

In believer’s Baptism, we confess our confidence that God’s grace can make us new creations at any stage of our lives.

Since our tradition holds that all Trinitarian baptisms are an act of God which cannot be undone, we do not encourage rebaptism. Instead we offer a reaffirmation of baptism, and will only “rebaptize” those who were not baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • To register for a baptism or reaffirmation, go to:
    Guidelines and Forms (Baptism)
  • Though we are affiliated with the Evangelical Reformed Church of St. Gallen, baptism within our community does not make one a member of the cantonal Church or the All Souls Verein [Association]. It is solely a Sacrament and a blessing that bears no legal weight.  

Though our tradition permits infant baptism, we are aware that some who wish to join our community might come from traditions that do not. Therefore, we also practice infant dedication where parents bring their child before the Church to be formally introduced, prayed over, and brought into the care of the congregation.

Communion at All Souls

In Holy Communion, we confess that as we eat the bread and share one cup in remembrance of Christ, the Holy Spirit unites us to Him. We do so that His resurrection life may nourish, strengthen, and transform us. We want to live lives that reflect the Father’s love.

Though differences of opinion have divided Christians over where Jesus is present during Communion (e.g. in the elements or among His people), we believe such differences need not divide us. All that matters is that Christ is with us, and through this Sacrament He showers us with grace and love.


Music

Music

Heartfelt comfort for our souls


At our worship gatherings we experience music that speaks to our hearts and souls. We love to sing, and if you are ever in St. Gallen on a Sunday we would love for you to visit us and sing along!


Children

Children

We welcome children to partipate in our celebrations.


Our worship gatherings are designed to be a place where children can be themselves and participate in learning about and praising God. We joyfully welcome all children to worship with us during the service, and we have toys and coloring sheets that depict our Scripture readings for the day.

We recognize that children aren’t always silent and still, and we welcome the vitality that children bring to a service. However, if a parent needs to take a restless or fussy child from the sanctuary, there are open rooms close by that you can use.

During Communion, children are welcome to come to the Table for a blessing and a piece of bread.