October 31 marks the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenburg. These statements were spread though Europe quickly via the newly invented printing press and sparked what would become known as the Protestant Reformation.
This month in Adult Forum we will look back at some of the key events and topics which arose in that period and then try to discover how those questions affect the church today as the Reformation continues in a new day. A video entitled “Reformation Roots” will serve as the starting point for our discussions. Last month the opening session of this series gave us some background and we will proceed as follows this month:
- Oct. 1, “Reformation Roots,” Session 2. Luther’s 95 Theses challenged the Roman Church’s practice of indulgences. Luther believed this practice was contrary to grace. At this point in his life Luther came to realize “the theology of the cross” calls us to be with people who suffer as Christ suffered for us.
- Oct. 8, “Reformation Roots,” Session 3. In this session we will look back at the “Leipzig Debate” in which Luther engaged John Eck on the question of authority. The core question at Leipzig was “Who has the authority to interpret Scripture?” Following that debate, Luther was ordered to appear before the emperor at the Diet of Worms to recant his position. How did conscience affect his answer? Come, listen and share.
- Oct. 15. No session due to Foundation Brunch.
- Oct. 22, “Reformation Roots,” Session 4. By this point Luther was considered an outlaw of the emperor, so Prince Frederick captured him for protection. While Luther was away, the other reformers debated whether to move quickly or slowly with reforms. On his return Luther had to take a position on the “Peasant Revolt.” What effect did this have on Luther’s legacy?
- Oct.29, “The Reformation Today.” Pastor John will lead this session and ask the question “What does Luther have to offer us in 2017?” We will look at the theological legacy of Luther and discuss how his legacy can help shape the church of the 21st century.
Throughout all of these sessions important questions for reflection and discussion will be raised. Your input is welcome whether you can attend all or only one of the sessions. Come to reflect on the past and help to discuss where the Reformation needs to continue in the present.