Reformation anniversary in 2017: European, ecumenical, political . Heinrich Bedford-Strohm

No hero worship, no denominational profiling, no purely German celebration. The Reformation anniversary in 2017 is to be an international celebration - focusing on the significance of the changes sparked by Martin Luther. 


Pope Francis and EKD Council chair Bedford-Strohm warn against walls in Europe. Ecumenical encounter in Rome: EKD Council chair Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and Pope Francis (Photo: EKD)

Pope Francis and EKD Council Chair Bedford-Strohm talk about the desperate situation of refugees and the 500th Reformation anniversary. Their first meeting took place in the Vatican guesthouse Santa Marta.


Church planting in Poland: We are the new-comers!. The "association for German-language Protestant pastoral care in Warsaw" is a growing community (Photo:private / Franziska Clauss)

In a country with 90 percent Catholics and a difficult common history, it is rare to see the founding of a congregation with another language and background. A group of German Protestants in Poland have dared to take this step. They have worshipped in German in Warsaw since 2011.

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Reformation anniversary

The Reformation of Martin Luther and other prominent theologians of the early 16th century have not only brought up the evangelical churches but also a new era of history. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 will be a prominent event to deepen the awareness of the importance of this historical change.

Reformation anniversary: Luther 2017


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