500 years of Reformation: Luther’s home town launches anniversary celebrations

May 22, 2017 by

by Mark Woods, Christian Today:

The official celebrations marking 500 years since the Reformation have been launched in the ancient city of Wittenberg in Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt, home of Martin Luther.

Around 4,000 people attended a worship service in the town square, which features statues of Luther and his fellow Reformer Philipp Melanchthon, who also lived and worked in the town.

The service included a contribution from Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who said the Reformation had influenced Germany’s entire history, culture and way of life for centuries and was still doing so today. He said one of its lessons was that that human beings could ‘overcome the intolerance and the violence which is committed in the name of religion’.

The President of the Lutheran or Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, said he wanted people to be inspired by the message of the Reformation and that it was his dream and his hope that sceptics would find faith after the events of the ‘Reformation Summer’.

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