500th Anniversary of the Reformation

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Lutherans are celebrating the event in a number of ways, listed here.

Women and the Reformation

"I am prepared to lose everything, even life or limb. May God stand by me." “So wrote Argula von Grumbach (1492–1563/68?) from Bavaria, who found Martin Luther’s message of Christian freedom and equality empowering. This noble woman challenged an entire Catholic university in Ingolstadt in defense of Lutheran faith and was a student persecuted for “Lutheran heresy.” This best-selling lay author’s letter-treatises eventually disappeared un­der pressure from male authorities.

Luther's Small Catechism

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism is an amazing gift to the Church. For almost 500 years this little pamphlet has laid out the basics of Christian faith and teaching in a way anybody can understand. “What does this mean?” is a question designed to live in the heart of any inquisitive Christian. It’s all about the basics. If you’re a Christian, memorize the Small Catechism. It couldn’t hurt!

Martin Luther's German Bible

The Bible always and forever belongs to God. Whether it be in German, English, or Spanish, it is “the Word” – and as such it comes to us as God wills. Part and parcel with Reformation, Lutherans celebrate Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament into German. What this is all about, though, is the return of the Word to the people.

Martin Luther: Monk to Reformer

So how is your Inner Monk doing? Augsburg Fortress has created a Reformation 500 resource book for congregations with lots of great stuff in it. One offering in this book is a series of bulletin inserts called, “ABOUT THE LUTHERANS.” You have to buy the book to get the inserts (and I encourage you to do so) but I’m also making inserts of my own for you which are designed to be a complement. Augsburg Fortress is offering you some history. I want to ask about the future!

Re-forming the Reformation

Friday, September 15, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017
Augustana Lutheran, 2710 NE 14th Ave, Portland

Renowned Luther scholar Dr. Timothy J. Wengert will present a lecture series at Augustana, Portland: "Re-Forming the Reformation by Learning to Post the 95 Theses."

  • Friday evening: "What Luther Said in the 95 These and Why He Said It" (general audience; free)
  • Saturday morning: "Luther's View of the Christian Life" ($15; lunch available for purchase following; information about times and registration will be provided)
  • Sunday morning sermon and forum: "The Freedom of a Christian" (free)

National Lutheran Choir Concert

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland

Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien, the 60-voice National Lutheran Choir's rich and diverse repertoire ranges from early chant to new compositions and from simple folk anthems to complex masterworks. The NLC was the recipient of the 2007 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America and the 2007 Wittenberg Award from the Luther Institute. Information about tickets will be provided. $20/adult and $10/student (children 5 and under free)

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