Reformation 500 plans and resources around here

So far at FLC, we held a series of discussions on the Lutheran theology of vocation, featuring FLC members sharing their own experiences in various fields such as medicine, technology, family life and education.  We also held sessions on church and state in Luther’s teaching.  During Lent, we spent Thursday evenings looking again at Luther’s Small Catechism.  The Lutheran composer Bach has featured prominently in our worship and events, such as in Advent and in a performance of the Coffee Cantata.

See Jill Knuth’s posts on Cranach and Katharina von Bora.  On German Night, we learned Reformation calligraphy!

On April 20th, 5pm at Stanford, there was a free lecture being offered on the legacy of the Reformation.

Local Lutherans of the Sierra Pacific Synod are coming up with service projects and an opportunity to read and discuss Luther in the light of today’s challenges (discussions are in Berkeley and will be webcast).  Grace Cathedral in San Francisco has been reserved for worship on the anniversary of the Reformation, 2017.

Reformation 500 plans and resources from around the world

The ELCA hosted “Grace Gathering” in New Orleans  and a number of resources, including an interesting new statement / study guide for Lutheran and Catholic dialogue.

Rick Steves offers a historical video tour: Luther and the Reformation.

Here’s a book review about Luther from the New York Times.

Here are 50 works of art from the Reformation.

Dr. Christine Helmer of Northwestern University is offering a free online course, Luther and the West, in appreciation as well as criticism of his legacy around the bible, freedom, anti-Judaism, church and state and the philosophical tradition.

The Lutheran World Federation’s theme is “Liberated by God’s Grace.” They have produced three studies: “Human beings – Creation – Salvation: Not for Sale,” about how God’s grace challenges human trafficking, environmental exploitation and greed.

Similar concerns are raised by Radicalizing Reformation.  An international network of concerned theologians offer 94 new theses for today.