This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted 95 theses (proposed topics for debate) on the church door at Wittenburg, and most scholars regard that as the seminal event that launched the Protestant Reformation.
During the summer the pastors will present a special sermon series on the Protestant Reformation. We will look at some of the key historical figures and themes of the Reformation, and ask questions about the Reformation’s enduring legacy.
Many church historians and writers, such as Diana Butler Bass, argue that Christianity undergoes a major transformation every 500 years or so, which would suggest that we are due for another significant reformation. The current reformation is not easy to describe with precision because we are in the midst of it. Nonetheless, we will explore the changes that many of us have already noticed in the cultural and religious landscape around us.
And, like true Protestants, we will be guided in all of these reflections through our Sunday morning exploration of key biblical texts. Join us in air-conditioned Fellowship Hall as the summer unfolds.
Sunday, October 29th / Reformation Sunday, in the Sanctuary, we’ll hear about “Protestants and Catholics 500 Years Later”
Guest Preacher, Dr. Rob Trawick is a Presbyterian ruling elder and a former moderator of Hudson River Presbytery. He is also Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. As a Presbyterian ruling elder teaching in a Catholic college, Rob has a unique perspective on the state of Protestant and Catholic relations on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses. Rob will also lead an adult education program following worship.