October 31, 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany – an act that sparked the Lutheran Reformation.

We invite and encourage you to become involved even now in the ELCA’s observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by visiting and bookmarking ELCA500.org, a growing hub of resources, events and news surrounding preparation for the observance. You also can follow current developments on Facebook at ELCA Reformation 500.

We are excited that our pastor, Rev. Jason Lukis was invited to celebrate this momentous anniversary with our sister Synod in Leipzig Germany. Along with 15 other pastor from the Minneapolis Area Synod, Pastor Jason will travel to Wittenberg and Leipzig to join our German and global brothers and sisters in Christ for the world’s premier celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. We look forward to the stories, pictures, and perspective he will bring back with him in June.

Videos:

  • Rich Steves’ Luther and the Reformation (promo above) releases in 2016 is 55 minutes long and is available to view in its entirety for free on YouTube.
  • There is also a 2 part PBS Empires special available for viewing on Youtube that was released in 2002.

Wartburg Theological Seminary shares “Connections: Faith and Life“, a resource with four units of six sessions each to walk through: Living Faithfully (The Ten Commandments), Living Confidently (The Apostles’ Creed), Living Spiritually (The Lord’s Prayers), Living Freely (The Sacraments).

Other Resources:

German Observance Website (in English)

With New Voices: A call and resource to read Luther’s Small Catechism together.

ELCA – Teaching (learn more)

Fortress Press (learn more)