Discover & explore

Monday, 24 April 2017 until Monday, 3 July 2017

Discover & explore services at St Stephen Walbrook feature music and liturgy with the Choral Scholars. These services explore their themes through a thoughtful mix of music, prayers, readings and reflections: “A perfect service of peace in our busy lives.” “Spiritual food in the middle of the day.” “Beautifully and intelligently done.” This series of these services of musical discovery is exploring Reformation500 themes. All Discover & explore services begin at 1.10pm: • Mon 24th Apr - Grace not Works • Mon 1st May - Bank Holiday – Church closed • Mon 8 May - God's written Word • Mon 15 May - Through Christ alone • Mon 22 May - God loves you • Mon 29 May - Bank Holiday – Church closed • Mon 5 June - Baptism saves • Mon 12 Jun - The Lord's Supper • Mon 19 Jun - The Cross alone • Mon 26 Jun - Forgiveness is free • Mon 3 Jul - Life of repentance


St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN EC4N 8BN
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Bach Cantata at Dutch Church for Still Reforming

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The Dutch Church in London dates back to the sixteenth century. On 24 July 1550, Edward VI confirmed by Charter permission to Protestant refugees from the Low Countries to hold their own religious services. The king also granted them part of the former church of the Augustine Friars in the City of London, which they shared with Protestant refugees from France. This was the first Protestant church in the United Kingdom. During the Second World War the church was completely destroyed, and in 1950 the construction of a new smaller church began on the same site. The foundation stone was laid by Princess Irene of the Netherlands. After 465 years, the Dutch Church continues to be a spiritual centre for all those speaking or understanding Dutch as well as for many English speakers who feel at home in our congregation.

We have the pleasure to invite you to a musical afternoon enjoying the music of the greatest composer of the Reformation period, Johann Sebastian Bach. A Cantata by him will be performed by the professional City Bach Collective. The celebration starts at 3pm, and there will be drinks afterwards.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


3pm at 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA
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Faith Talk – Reformation Part 3

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Father Phillip Swingler looks from a Roman Catholic perspective at the Reformation, from history until today.


German YMCA, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL
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What was the Reformation and why does it matter 500 years later?

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Information day organised by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham Ecumenical Commission. Looking at what happened in the sixteenth century so that we can understand the legacy of division and difference between Protestants and Catholics, and the ways in which we can learn together to share in what Pope Francis calls ecumenism in prayer, ecumenism on our journey and the ecumenism of blood. Speaker - Rev. Dr. David Cornick (General Secretary of Churches Together in England) and also 'Reflecting on the Reformation in the light of his personal ecumenical journey - before and after Vatican II.' by Rev. Canon John O'Toole (National R.C Ecumenical Officer for England and Wales) 10am for 10.30 start;Charge will be £5 per person ; packed lunch required; for seating purposes please contact sandra.endsor@ntlworld.com


Holy Trinity Centre, Boundary Road, Newark, Notts.NG24 2AU NG24 2AU
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Women of the Reformation: Katharina von Bora

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Katharina von Bora, Dr. Martin Luther's Wife. Come and meet Martin Luther's widow as she reminisces about her life in Saxony through a time of social, political and religious upheaval; her escape from the convent and her subsequent marriage to the rebellious former monk.  Illustrated with portraits by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Presented by Anne Boileau, author of 'Katharina Luther: Nun. Rebel. Wife'.


6.30 - 8.30pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE
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My Heart Strangely Warmed

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The Council of Lutheran Churches jointly organises with Methodists and Moravians, this day of music, workshop and worship takes place on 20 May 2017 at the Moravian Church & School in Fulneck, Pudsey, West Yorkshire.

The theme of the day is “My Heart Strangely Warmed”, with a special focus on music, particularly hymnody. Congregational singing has been an important part of most churches as a vehicle to develop spirituality, convey theology, and of course as a deep and moving form of communal worship. Hymns seep into everyday life, providing catchphrases, film soundtracks (such as “Jerusalem”), and marking special occasions of all sorts, with choral singing enjoying a resurgence in popularity today. This day will involve plenary lectures, academic papers, and interactive workshops to explore this fascinating area of community and church life.  People of all or no faith are invited to join.

Keynote presentations will be made from each of the three denominations organising the day, by Christian Devantier on ‘Congressional singing  in the Lutheran tradition’, by Lorraine Parsons and Philip Cooper on ‘Hymnody in early and renewed Moravian church’, and by Martin Clarke ‘Moravian Influences on Methodist Hymnody’. The afternoon programme will include a number of workshops and papers and end in an act of worship together, and participants will be able to choose from the following:

David Bunney ‘Lines in pleasant places’ / Margaret Morey Catherine Winkworth + hymn translation / Walter Riggans ‘And yet strangely cooled’ / James Woolford ‘How do we get people singing again?’ / Clive Barrett ‘Hymnody + war resistance’ / Marylynn Rouse ‘John Newton’ / Jo Cox-Darling ‘The Wind of the Spirit..’ / Grove Choir workshop / Martin Clarke ‘And Can it be’ / Danish choir workshop

Fulneck is within easy reach of Leeds International Airport, and New Pudsey rail station (between Leeds and Bradford). Minibuses may be arranged if required from the station at the beginning and end of the day.

To book tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/my-heart-strangely-warmed-tickets-28327863402:  bookings must be received by 27 April 2017.


38 Fulneck, Pudsey LS28 8NT
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Hay Festival - Reimagine the World

Thursday, 25 May 2017 until Sunday, 4 June 2017

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To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, 30 writers and thinkers from around the world – including Stephen Fry, Elif Shafak and Tahmima Anam – will reimagine institutions and orthodoxies for a better world. The Hay festival runs from 25 May to 4 June in Wales. For tickets visit http://hayfestival.org and for full program for Hay-in-Wales visit https://www.hayfestival.com/m-121-hay-festival-2017.aspx?skinid=2&currencysetting=GBP&localesetting=en-GB&resetfilters=true#.


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l'Église Protestante Française de Londres hosts Still Reforming

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“The French Protestants, from dark times… to Soho!” Through an exhibition and a talk, we go back to the journey from France to London, and learn how life was in France for the Protestants, why they left, and how they settled in London back in 1550, when the first French Protestant Church in London was founded.  Today, the church provides religious support to the French-speaking Protestant community in London, to promote the legacy and heritage of the Huguenots in London. 

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


8pm at 8-9 Soho Square, London W1D 3QD
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Study Day: Reformation500: Ecumenical Perspectives

Saturday, 17 June 2017

How a better understanding of what took place 500 years ago in Wittenberg, can draw people and churches closer together. This conference looks from a range of denominational perspectives at key issues of Reformation in order to engage from a different angle in a fruitful area of ecumenical discussion. Key Speakers: Prof. Dr. Henrike Lähnemann; Prof. Andrew Louth; Prof. John Milbank


St Edmund Hall, Queen’s Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Come and see this exhibition on Martin Luther and the Reformation, in 16 large posters, on the Saturday of the Open Garden Squares Weekend. Open 10am-5pm. With modern, scientifically substantiated, and attractively designed information graphics, the exhibition shows the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present. Using the biography of Martin Luther as a starting point, insight is given into the time prior to the Reformation. The exhibition then directs its focus to the dynamics of the Reformation, which unfolded after Luther’s posting of his 95 theses against the sale of indulgences, and deals with central questions of the history of the Reformation: What was actually new about Luther’s theology? What happened in Wittenberg in 1517? How did the new teaching spread? The exhibition will be displayed around the private courtyard of St Mary with St George German Lutheran Church and the International Lutheran Student Centre (ILSC), a sunken haven in the busy streets of Bloomsbury. The building was created on a site damaged during WW2, to provide a safe, calm place for student residents and members of the Church congregation and community to work and relax. The first glimpse of the small paved garden is through a lunette in the reception area. The garden is planted, maintained and watered by ILSC staff, although it is also offered to student residents and members of the congregation of St Mary's to plant or help with maintenance if they feel inspired! At the centre of the garden is a copy of the Wittenberg statue of Martin Luther. In St Mary's Church, which opens onto the garden, there is a sculpture of Christ on the Cross by Elisabeth Frink, who also created the wonderful Walking Madonna at Salisbury Cathedral. On another side of the garden is a social clubroom, used regularly by student residents and by St Mary's for social and community events such as their annual Christmas fair, and monthly ministry with children and youth. Visitors are welcome to take time to sit and reflect. Musical and cultural programme (details to be confirmed). Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate and cold snacks in the clubroom. Barbecue and soft drinks in the middle of the day.


International Lutheran Student Centre, 30 Thanet Street, London WC1H 9QH WC1H 9QH
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Reform & Revolt, Women in German Studies Open Conference

Thursday, 22 June 2017 until Saturday, 24 June 2017

The 2017 Women in German Studies open conference explores the topics ‘reform’ and ‘revolt’ across German history, literature and culture. Germany does not have a strong reputation when it comes to revolution. Neither the ‘Märzrevolution’ of 1848 nor the start of the Weimar Republic have ever acquired the iconic status of the French Revolution, for example. It is different with the term ‘Reformation’, however: the quincentenary of the publication of the 95 theses by Martin Luther is a timely reminder of the potential for change and questioning in German history – and even more in culture and literature. The 2017 Women in German Studies Open Conference aims to explore the broad potential of the two wider concepts linked with the themes of revolution and reformation, by looking at reform and revolt, both as significant aesthetic categories and as thematic ones.


St Edmund Hall, Queen’s Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR
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Women of the Reformation: Katherine Parr

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Katherine Parr is best known as Henry VIII's sixth and last wife.  Legend has her down as the dutiful and obedient wife who nursed the king during his last months, but she is now becoming better known in her own right as a published authoress.  Not only did she produce collections of prayers, but she wrote a book usually known as "The Meditation of a Sinner", which clearly reflects the influence of Martin Luther. Presented by Rev'd Dr Roy Long.


6.30 - 8.30pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE
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EXHIBITION AT SENATE HOUSE LIBRARY - London's First 'Brexit'

Friday, 23 June 2017 until Friday, 15 December 2017

The consequences of taking England outside the family of Catholic states – arguably the first ‘Brexit’ – were profound, and had a major impact on London throughout the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, as it grew into one of the world’s largest cities. Focusing on London through the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, this exhibition traces the impact of the Reformation on culture and society; the way its communications industry drove change; and the consequences of the emergence of a new world order. http://www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/exhibitions-and-events/exhibitions/reformation

 


Senate House Library Senate House University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
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Women of the Reformation: Then and Now

Thursday, 29 June 2017

This session will provide stories of Reformation women to those of the present day and question what has changed? What still needs reforming? There will be an opportunity to share our stories and experiences; to network and look to the future.

Presented by Revd Eliza Zikmane (Lutheran Pastor); Revd Dr Julia Candie (Anglican Vicar) & Sally Barnes (Anglican Lay Woman)


6.30 - 8.30pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE
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The Danish Church in London St Katharine's hosts Still Reforming

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The Danish Church in London is the folkekirke abroad for all Danes in London and England, a Lutheran church similar to the parish churches in Denmark. The church is situated in the northeastern corner of Regent’s Park, not far from Camden Town, and is based in the historic building of St Katharine’s, a 200-year-old neo-Gothic church.

We will meet in the church for a meditative afternoon service at 4pm. We will take a break and “listen to the clouds” with contemplative music from the golden organ of St Katharine’s, readings, hymns, and reflection. Refreshments will follow after the service in the garden of the vicarage.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


4pm at 4 St Katherine's Precinct, Regents Park, London NW1 4HH
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A pilgrimage in the steps of Martin Luther

Monday, 10 July 2017 until Wednesday, 19 July 2017

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A pilgrimage with the Bishop of Lichfield Michael Ipgrave. This anniversary has provided us with the opportunity to travel through Germany to visit the places associated with Luther. Whether you know a lot about events of five hundred years ago or only a little, this will be a fascinating journey. Luther was no fan of pilgrimages – so we can promise you no spiritual indulgences when you follow his own journey. But, in the true spirit of pilgrimage, we will make the journey prayerfully as we give thanks for all that renewed the church then and renews the church now. Read more http://mccabe-travel.co.uk/brochures/0710%20Bishop%20of%20Woolwich%20Luther.pdf


Faith Talk – Reformation Part 4

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Organist Philip Norman will talk about Music and the Reformation. Free event, afterwards tea/coffee and biscuits Starts 19:30


German YMCA, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL
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500th Anniversary of the Reformation Study Day

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Revd Dr David Cornick, General Secretary Churches Together in England, 
leads a Study Day on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation for the 
East Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church. He will focus on the 
'5 R's' identified by the Presidents of Churches Together in England: 

Rejoice, Remember, Reforming, Repenting and Reconciliation. Please book 
with Hannah Bones at trainingpa@urc5.org.uk Tel: 0115 9609241. Please 
bring a packed lunch.


10.00am - 4.00pm at Sherwood United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, Nottingham NG5 3AA NG53AA
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Lumen United Reformed Church hosts Still Reforming

Sunday, 27 August 2017

With a history dating back to a Gaelic chapel in Hatton Garden in 1812, the National Scotch Church in Bloomsbury in 1827, expulsion from the Church of Scotland in 1832, walking out of the Church of Scotland during the "disruption" in 1843, and bomb damage in 1945, we have some experience with reform, protest, and the struggle of staying true to the Gospel.  In 1972 we became part of the United Reformed Church, itself a merger of most Congregational and Presbyterian churches in England. In 2006 a decision was made to remodel the building, and in order to pay for this the former car park and the late Victorian halls were sold off, and in 2008 the remodelled building was opened and the church was renamed “Lumen.”

We look forward to seeing you at Lumen on 27 August.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS
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German Protestants in Great Britain

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 until Tuesday, 31 October 2017

St George’s German Lutheran Church will host an exhibition on German Protestants in Great Britain.

St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
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500 Years of German Protestants in Britain

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 until Sunday, 5 November 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Reformation, the German Protestants congregations in London are planning a series of events and an exhibition named '500 Years of German Protestants in Britain' at St George's  German Lutheran Church, opening on selected days between 6 September and 5 November and including a chamber concert on 8 October. More details nearer the time. 

http://www.stgeorgesgermanchurch.org.uk

 


55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
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Remembering the Reformation Events - University of Cambridge

Thursday, 7 September 2017 until Saturday, 9 September 2017

Remembering the Reformation is an AHRC-funded research project based at the Universities of Cambridge and York. The project is a collaboration between historians (Prof. Alex Walsham and Prof. Ceri Law, University of Cambridge) and literary scholars (Prof. Brian Cummings and Prof. Bronwyn Wallace, University of York) which aims to investigate how the Reformation was remembered, forgotten, contested and re-invented. Over a period of three years the members of the project will work to illuminate the manner in which memories of the Reformation emerged or were created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the complex and plural legacies such memories have left. The project will stage a range of academic and public engagement events, including workshops, conferences and colloquia, lectures, educational workshops for children, and public exhibitions. Great St. Mary’s Church Public Lectures from 7 to 9 September i.a. with James Simpson Professor of English at Harvard University. http://www.rememberingthereformation.org.uk/about

 


The University Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ
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St Columba's Scottish Church in London hosts Still Reforming

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The Church of Scotland is a Presbyterian church, the largest denomination in Scotland, which emerged in 1560 under the leadership of John Knox. St Columba’s is one of two Church of Scotland congregations in London.  It was built to serve a westward-expanding London in 1884.  Following incendiary bomb damage during the Second World War, it was rebuilt thanks to the effort of the community and its minister, and the present building, designed by Sir Edward Maufe, was dedicated in 1955.
St Columba’s Church still offers a “home away from home” for Scots and anyone enjoying Presbyterian worship. Its building is used for many different types of activities — these include, among others, Scottish country dances, school assemblies, addiction support groups, bible study, food and fellowship, weddings, funerals, and many more worship services.

The emblem of the Church of Scotland is a burning bush, and its Latin motto Nec tamen consumebatur (from Exodus 3:2) translates into “Yet it was not consumed.” The congregation of St Columba’s has truly come through fire and not been destroyed. You, too, are welcome, and we hope that you will join us on 1 October 2017 for pictures and music about the Scottish Reformation (4pm), our evening service (5pm), followed by a cup of tea with Scottish shortbread.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


4pm at 67 Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD
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Friends of Cathedral Music and Sheffield Cathedral marking 500 years of the Reformation

Friday, 13 October 2017 until Sunday, 15 October 2017

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The Sheffield Diocesan Representative for Friends of Cathedral Music http://www.fcm.org.uk will be hosting what is called a Gathering - a mainly musical and educational meeting at Sheffield Cathedral in October 2017. The theme of the event is the Influence of the Reformation in England.  

The programme for the event will incluce talks mainly about the history and changes to the liturgy and liturgical music and explore why and how the Reformation in England took its unique course from most of the continent. There will be tours of Sheffield Cathedral and its historical links to the Reformation. For more information please contact virge.james@btinternet.com

 


Church St, Sheffield S1 1HA, Storbritannien S1 1HA
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Responding to the Reformation

Monday, 16 October 2017 until Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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Responding to the Reformation will take place from lunchtime on Monday 16 to lunchtime on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. It focuses on the Reformation and will be open to everyone working ecumenically at county or national level. More information and details of how to book can be found at

 http://www.cte.org.uk/ReformationConference


The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
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Reformation 500 - Moving On

Friday, 20 October 2017

Wiltshire Churches Together is hosting an evening of speakers and discussion at Market Lavington Community Hall, Wiltshire. Key speakers: The Revd. Dr. Anna Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Director of Studies, Centre for Formation in Ministry, Sarum College, Salisbury and The Revd. Michael Robertson, Ecumenical Officer on the Commission for Dialogue and Unity, Clifton Diocese.


Market Lavington Community Hall, St Mary's Road, Market Lavington, Wiltshire SN10 4DG
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What does it mean to be Reformed today?

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Professor David Fergusson, Principal of New College, the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh, will give a lecture on the theme “What does it mean to be Reformed today?” at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London, SW1X 0BD, at 1:15pm.

1:15pm St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD,
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Bachfest, presented by London Bach Society

Sunday, 29 October 2017 until Sunday, 12 November 2017

The London Bach Society's 27th Bachfest will reflect the 500th anniversary of Luther's Reformation and its influence on Bach's life and music. The programme will be announced in the summer, with the events taking place in various locations in London. The timescale of dates quoted is the period in which the events will take place. See also the LBS website www.bachlive.co.uk for further articles and information.


London SW!
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Reformation Sunday and Church Anniversary

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge presents a number of special Reformation 500 events this year. 

On Reformation Sunday 29 October at 10.30am service and Church Anniversary. Preacherr will be Revd the Lord Griffith of Burry Port of Wesley Chapel, London.  

Further detalis: http://www.wesleycam.org.uk


Christ's Piece, Cambridge CB1 1Lg
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The Word and the Arts: A new Reformation?

Monday, 30 October 2017

Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge presents a number of special Reformation 500 events this year. 

On Monday 30 Octoberr  at 7.15 for 7.45pm Revd Dr Tim Macquiban of the Methodist Ecumenical Centre in Rome lectures on 'The Word and the Arts: A new Reformation?'. 

Free admission. Further detalis: http://www.wesleycam.org.uk


Christ's Piece, Cambridge CB1 1Lg
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Ecumenical Reformation Commemoration Service in Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, 31 October 2017pic

Westminster Abbey will alongside The Council of Lutheran Churches in Great Britain host an ecumenical service at 12 noon, with church leaders from all denominations in Britain and guest from other countries. This will be followed by a symposium on the theme “Liberated by Grace,” featuring theologians, historians, and a lively debate on contemporary resonances of the Reformation, in the adjoining St Margaret’s Church at 3pm. More details will be available soon.


12 noon Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA
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Ecumenical Service in The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Northampton

Saturday, 4 November 2017

There have been Lutherans in Northamptonshire for many decades since the end of the Second World War, and they will join together with other Christians in this ecumenical service on 4 November 2017 at 12 noon. The initiative for this commemoration has come from members of the Anglican-Lutheran Society. Preacher will be Rt Rev’d Jana Jeruma-Grinberg (Formerly Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain). The service will be followed by refreshments.


Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton NN2 6AG
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Norwegian and Finnish Churches host Still Reforming

Sunday, 12 November 2017

After the Great Fire of London in 1666 the timber trade between the Kingdom of Norway–Denmark and England grew to great proportions. Many Norwegians settled in London, and they worked hard to get their own church. In 1692 they formed their first  congregation. The first Danish-Norwegian church was consecrated in Wapping in 1696. It was both parish church as well as a seamen’s church for the many Danish and Norwegian sailors arriving on the Thames.  Today, the Norwegian Church is located in St Olav’s Church in Rotherhithe, which was purpose-built as a seamen’s church and opened in 1927.  Nowadays, between 10,000 and 15,000 Norwegians live permanently in London and have their home away from home at St Olav’s, where services are held every Sunday at 11am.

On a summer’s day in 1882 a young Finnish clergyman, his wife, and his baby son arrived in London. Elis Bergroth was the first person sent abroad by the Finnish Seamen’s Mission, as there was a clear need to help Finns who were experiencing problems during their stay in a foreign country. The word of God needed to be proclaimed in the concrete language of deeds. Countless people have since visited and worked at the Finnish Church in London. The Church is full of stories about people getting help, meeting long lost friends and experiencing the miraculous effects of sauna. New stories are created every day. The Church is an important meeting place for Finns living in and visiting the British Isles. The present church building dates from 1958 and is the third Finnish Church in London. It has a church hall, a cafeteria, a shop, a hostel, and a sauna. Holy Mass is held on the first Sunday of each month at 11am mainly in Finnish.

On 12 November 2017 we will be holding a joint Remembrance Sunday service at 10:50am, followed by a fellowship lunch where we look forward to hosting you.

The annual joint Christmas fair will be held in Albion Street the following weekend, 17–19 November 2017.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


10.50am at St.Olav’s Square, 1 Albion Street, London SE16 7JB
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Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church hosts Still Reforming

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The Parish of the Most Holy Trinity, Dockhead is delighted delighted to welcome newcomers in December 2017 for fellowship and a service remembering events and changes triggered by the Reformation.

The parish finds its origins going back to Bermondsey Abbey pre-dating AD 715.  The First Mission was established in 1773. A chapel was built in 1782. A new church was built in 1835, the first Catholic Church to be built on a main road.  The Sisters of Mercy arrived in 1839 to support and initiate Catholic education for the poor. The Church was destroyed in the bombing of London in 1945, killing three of its priests. Much change was now to come to Bermondsey. The New Church by architect Goodheart-Rendal was consecrated in 1960.

Bermondsey has always had strong Catholic links, particularly with the Irish immigrants.  The Parish suffered in the 1960s and 70s because of many inner-city problems but in the 1990s it took on a new life.  It is now a vibrant, worshipping community, with a regular congregation of up to 500 people each week, sharing Eucharistic worship. The Parish shares an inclusive and international liturgical life based on the Second Vatican liturgical reforms. It has a generous awareness of those around the world who are in need and is always trying to develop strong links with the local community. 

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


6pm, Dockhead, London SE1 2BS
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Discover & explore

Monday, 24 April 2017 until Monday, 3 July 2017

Discover & explore services at St Stephen Walbrook feature music and liturgy with the Choral Scholars. These services explore their themes through a thoughtful mix of music, prayers, readings and reflections: “A perfect service of peace in our busy lives.” “Spiritual food in the middle of the day.” “Beautifully and intelligently done.” This series of these services of musical discovery is exploring Reformation500 themes. All Discover & explore services begin at 1.10pm: • Mon 24th Apr - Grace not Works • Mon 1st May - Bank Holiday – Church closed • Mon 8 May - God's written Word • Mon 15 May - Through Christ alone • Mon 22 May - God loves you • Mon 29 May - Bank Holiday – Church closed • Mon 5 June - Baptism saves • Mon 12 Jun - The Lord's Supper • Mon 19 Jun - The Cross alone • Mon 26 Jun - Forgiveness is free • Mon 3 Jul - Life of repentance


St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN EC4N 8BN
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Bach Cantata at Dutch Church for Still Reforming

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The Dutch Church in London dates back to the sixteenth century. On 24 July 1550, Edward VI confirmed by Charter permission to Protestant refugees from the Low Countries to hold their own religious services. The king also granted them part of the former church of the Augustine Friars in the City of London, which they shared with Protestant refugees from France. This was the first Protestant church in the United Kingdom. During the Second World War the church was completely destroyed, and in 1950 the construction of a new smaller church began on the same site. The foundation stone was laid by Princess Irene of the Netherlands. After 465 years, the Dutch Church continues to be a spiritual centre for all those speaking or understanding Dutch as well as for many English speakers who feel at home in our congregation.

We have the pleasure to invite you to a musical afternoon enjoying the music of the greatest composer of the Reformation period, Johann Sebastian Bach. A Cantata by him will be performed by the professional City Bach Collective. The celebration starts at 3pm, and there will be drinks afterwards.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


3pm at 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA
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Faith Talk – Reformation Part 3

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Father Phillip Swingler looks from a Roman Catholic perspective at the Reformation, from history until today.


German YMCA, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL
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What was the Reformation and why does it matter 500 years later?

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Information day organised by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham Ecumenical Commission. Looking at what happened in the sixteenth century so that we can understand the legacy of division and difference between Protestants and Catholics, and the ways in which we can learn together to share in what Pope Francis calls ecumenism in prayer, ecumenism on our journey and the ecumenism of blood. Speaker - Rev. Dr. David Cornick (General Secretary of Churches Together in England) and also 'Reflecting on the Reformation in the light of his personal ecumenical journey - before and after Vatican II.' by Rev. Canon John O'Toole (National R.C Ecumenical Officer for England and Wales) 10am for 10.30 start;Charge will be £5 per person ; packed lunch required; for seating purposes please contact sandra.endsor@ntlworld.com


Holy Trinity Centre, Boundary Road, Newark, Notts.NG24 2AU NG24 2AU
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Women of the Reformation: Katharina von Bora

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Katharina von Bora, Dr. Martin Luther's Wife. Come and meet Martin Luther's widow as she reminisces about her life in Saxony through a time of social, political and religious upheaval; her escape from the convent and her subsequent marriage to the rebellious former monk.  Illustrated with portraits by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Presented by Anne Boileau, author of 'Katharina Luther: Nun. Rebel. Wife'.


6.30 - 8.30pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE
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My Heart Strangely Warmed

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The Council of Lutheran Churches jointly organises with Methodists and Moravians, this day of music, workshop and worship takes place on 20 May 2017 at the Moravian Church & School in Fulneck, Pudsey, West Yorkshire.

The theme of the day is “My Heart Strangely Warmed”, with a special focus on music, particularly hymnody. Congregational singing has been an important part of most churches as a vehicle to develop spirituality, convey theology, and of course as a deep and moving form of communal worship. Hymns seep into everyday life, providing catchphrases, film soundtracks (such as “Jerusalem”), and marking special occasions of all sorts, with choral singing enjoying a resurgence in popularity today. This day will involve plenary lectures, academic papers, and interactive workshops to explore this fascinating area of community and church life.  People of all or no faith are invited to join.

Keynote presentations will be made from each of the three denominations organising the day, by Christian Devantier on ‘Congressional singing  in the Lutheran tradition’, by Lorraine Parsons and Philip Cooper on ‘Hymnody in early and renewed Moravian church’, and by Martin Clarke ‘Moravian Influences on Methodist Hymnody’. The afternoon programme will include a number of workshops and papers and end in an act of worship together, and participants will be able to choose from the following:

David Bunney ‘Lines in pleasant places’ / Margaret Morey Catherine Winkworth + hymn translation / Walter Riggans ‘And yet strangely cooled’ / James Woolford ‘How do we get people singing again?’ / Clive Barrett ‘Hymnody + war resistance’ / Marylynn Rouse ‘John Newton’ / Jo Cox-Darling ‘The Wind of the Spirit..’ / Grove Choir workshop / Martin Clarke ‘And Can it be’ / Danish choir workshop

Fulneck is within easy reach of Leeds International Airport, and New Pudsey rail station (between Leeds and Bradford). Minibuses may be arranged if required from the station at the beginning and end of the day.

To book tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/my-heart-strangely-warmed-tickets-28327863402:  bookings must be received by 27 April 2017.


38 Fulneck, Pudsey LS28 8NT
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Hay Festival - Reimagine the World

Thursday, 25 May 2017 until Sunday, 4 June 2017

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To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, 30 writers and thinkers from around the world – including Stephen Fry, Elif Shafak and Tahmima Anam – will reimagine institutions and orthodoxies for a better world. The Hay festival runs from 25 May to 4 June in Wales. For tickets visit http://hayfestival.org and for full program for Hay-in-Wales visit https://www.hayfestival.com/m-121-hay-festival-2017.aspx?skinid=2&currencysetting=GBP&localesetting=en-GB&resetfilters=true#.


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l'Église Protestante Française de Londres hosts Still Reforming

Sunday, 4 June 2017pic

“The French Protestants, from dark times… to Soho!” Through an exhibition and a talk, we go back to the journey from France to London, and learn how life was in France for the Protestants, why they left, and how they settled in London back in 1550, when the first French Protestant Church in London was founded.  Today, the church provides religious support to the French-speaking Protestant community in London, to promote the legacy and heritage of the Huguenots in London. 

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


8pm at 8-9 Soho Square, London W1D 3QD
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Study Day: Reformation500: Ecumenical Perspectives

Saturday, 17 June 2017

How a better understanding of what took place 500 years ago in Wittenberg, can draw people and churches closer together. This conference looks from a range of denominational perspectives at key issues of Reformation in order to engage from a different angle in a fruitful area of ecumenical discussion. Key Speakers: Prof. Dr. Henrike Lähnemann; Prof. Andrew Louth; Prof. John Milbank


St Edmund Hall, Queen’s Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Come and see this exhibition on Martin Luther and the Reformation, in 16 large posters, on the Saturday of the Open Garden Squares Weekend. Open 10am-5pm. With modern, scientifically substantiated, and attractively designed information graphics, the exhibition shows the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present. Using the biography of Martin Luther as a starting point, insight is given into the time prior to the Reformation. The exhibition then directs its focus to the dynamics of the Reformation, which unfolded after Luther’s posting of his 95 theses against the sale of indulgences, and deals with central questions of the history of the Reformation: What was actually new about Luther’s theology? What happened in Wittenberg in 1517? How did the new teaching spread? The exhibition will be displayed around the private courtyard of St Mary with St George German Lutheran Church and the International Lutheran Student Centre (ILSC), a sunken haven in the busy streets of Bloomsbury. The building was created on a site damaged during WW2, to provide a safe, calm place for student residents and members of the Church congregation and community to work and relax. The first glimpse of the small paved garden is through a lunette in the reception area. The garden is planted, maintained and watered by ILSC staff, although it is also offered to student residents and members of the congregation of St Mary's to plant or help with maintenance if they feel inspired! At the centre of the garden is a copy of the Wittenberg statue of Martin Luther. In St Mary's Church, which opens onto the garden, there is a sculpture of Christ on the Cross by Elisabeth Frink, who also created the wonderful Walking Madonna at Salisbury Cathedral. On another side of the garden is a social clubroom, used regularly by student residents and by St Mary's for social and community events such as their annual Christmas fair, and monthly ministry with children and youth. Visitors are welcome to take time to sit and reflect. Musical and cultural programme (details to be confirmed). Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate and cold snacks in the clubroom. Barbecue and soft drinks in the middle of the day.


International Lutheran Student Centre, 30 Thanet Street, London WC1H 9QH WC1H 9QH
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Reform & Revolt, Women in German Studies Open Conference

Thursday, 22 June 2017 until Saturday, 24 June 2017

The 2017 Women in German Studies open conference explores the topics ‘reform’ and ‘revolt’ across German history, literature and culture. Germany does not have a strong reputation when it comes to revolution. Neither the ‘Märzrevolution’ of 1848 nor the start of the Weimar Republic have ever acquired the iconic status of the French Revolution, for example. It is different with the term ‘Reformation’, however: the quincentenary of the publication of the 95 theses by Martin Luther is a timely reminder of the potential for change and questioning in German history – and even more in culture and literature. The 2017 Women in German Studies Open Conference aims to explore the broad potential of the two wider concepts linked with the themes of revolution and reformation, by looking at reform and revolt, both as significant aesthetic categories and as thematic ones.


St Edmund Hall, Queen’s Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR
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Women of the Reformation: Katherine Parr

Thursday, 22 June 2017pic

Katherine Parr is best known as Henry VIII's sixth and last wife.  Legend has her down as the dutiful and obedient wife who nursed the king during his last months, but she is now becoming better known in her own right as a published authoress.  Not only did she produce collections of prayers, but she wrote a book usually known as "The Meditation of a Sinner", which clearly reflects the influence of Martin Luther. Presented by Rev'd Dr Roy Long.


6.30 - 8.30pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE
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EXHIBITION AT SENATE HOUSE LIBRARY - London's First 'Brexit'

Friday, 23 June 2017 until Friday, 15 December 2017

The consequences of taking England outside the family of Catholic states – arguably the first ‘Brexit’ – were profound, and had a major impact on London throughout the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, as it grew into one of the world’s largest cities. Focusing on London through the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, this exhibition traces the impact of the Reformation on culture and society; the way its communications industry drove change; and the consequences of the emergence of a new world order. http://www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/exhibitions-and-events/exhibitions/reformation

 


Senate House Library Senate House University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
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Women of the Reformation: Then and Now

Thursday, 29 June 2017

This session will provide stories of Reformation women to those of the present day and question what has changed? What still needs reforming? There will be an opportunity to share our stories and experiences; to network and look to the future.

Presented by Revd Eliza Zikmane (Lutheran Pastor); Revd Dr Julia Candie (Anglican Vicar) & Sally Barnes (Anglican Lay Woman)


6.30 - 8.30pm at St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE
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The Danish Church in London St Katharine's hosts Still Reforming

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The Danish Church in London is the folkekirke abroad for all Danes in London and England, a Lutheran church similar to the parish churches in Denmark. The church is situated in the northeastern corner of Regent’s Park, not far from Camden Town, and is based in the historic building of St Katharine’s, a 200-year-old neo-Gothic church.

We will meet in the church for a meditative afternoon service at 4pm. We will take a break and “listen to the clouds” with contemplative music from the golden organ of St Katharine’s, readings, hymns, and reflection. Refreshments will follow after the service in the garden of the vicarage.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


4pm at 4 St Katherine's Precinct, Regents Park, London NW1 4HH
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A pilgrimage in the steps of Martin Luther

Monday, 10 July 2017 until Wednesday, 19 July 2017

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A pilgrimage with the Bishop of Lichfield Michael Ipgrave. This anniversary has provided us with the opportunity to travel through Germany to visit the places associated with Luther. Whether you know a lot about events of five hundred years ago or only a little, this will be a fascinating journey. Luther was no fan of pilgrimages – so we can promise you no spiritual indulgences when you follow his own journey. But, in the true spirit of pilgrimage, we will make the journey prayerfully as we give thanks for all that renewed the church then and renews the church now. Read more http://mccabe-travel.co.uk/brochures/0710%20Bishop%20of%20Woolwich%20Luther.pdf


Faith Talk – Reformation Part 4

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Organist Philip Norman will talk about Music and the Reformation. Free event, afterwards tea/coffee and biscuits Starts 19:30


German YMCA, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL
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500th Anniversary of the Reformation Study Day

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Revd Dr David Cornick, General Secretary Churches Together in England, 
leads a Study Day on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation for the 
East Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church. He will focus on the 
'5 R's' identified by the Presidents of Churches Together in England: 

Rejoice, Remember, Reforming, Repenting and Reconciliation. Please book 
with Hannah Bones at trainingpa@urc5.org.uk Tel: 0115 9609241. Please 
bring a packed lunch.


10.00am - 4.00pm at Sherwood United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, Nottingham NG5 3AA NG53AA
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Lumen United Reformed Church hosts Still Reforming

Sunday, 27 August 2017

With a history dating back to a Gaelic chapel in Hatton Garden in 1812, the National Scotch Church in Bloomsbury in 1827, expulsion from the Church of Scotland in 1832, walking out of the Church of Scotland during the "disruption" in 1843, and bomb damage in 1945, we have some experience with reform, protest, and the struggle of staying true to the Gospel.  In 1972 we became part of the United Reformed Church, itself a merger of most Congregational and Presbyterian churches in England. In 2006 a decision was made to remodel the building, and in order to pay for this the former car park and the late Victorian halls were sold off, and in 2008 the remodelled building was opened and the church was renamed “Lumen.”

We look forward to seeing you at Lumen on 27 August.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS
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German Protestants in Great Britain

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 until Tuesday, 31 October 2017

St George’s German Lutheran Church will host an exhibition on German Protestants in Great Britain.

St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
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500 Years of German Protestants in Britain

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 until Sunday, 5 November 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Reformation, the German Protestants congregations in London are planning a series of events and an exhibition named '500 Years of German Protestants in Britain' at St George's  German Lutheran Church, opening on selected days between 6 September and 5 November and including a chamber concert on 8 October. More details nearer the time. 

http://www.stgeorgesgermanchurch.org.uk

 


55 Alie Street, London E1 8EB
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Remembering the Reformation Events - University of Cambridge

Thursday, 7 September 2017 until Saturday, 9 September 2017

Remembering the Reformation is an AHRC-funded research project based at the Universities of Cambridge and York. The project is a collaboration between historians (Prof. Alex Walsham and Prof. Ceri Law, University of Cambridge) and literary scholars (Prof. Brian Cummings and Prof. Bronwyn Wallace, University of York) which aims to investigate how the Reformation was remembered, forgotten, contested and re-invented. Over a period of three years the members of the project will work to illuminate the manner in which memories of the Reformation emerged or were created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the complex and plural legacies such memories have left. The project will stage a range of academic and public engagement events, including workshops, conferences and colloquia, lectures, educational workshops for children, and public exhibitions. Great St. Mary’s Church Public Lectures from 7 to 9 September i.a. with James Simpson Professor of English at Harvard University. http://www.rememberingthereformation.org.uk/about

 


The University Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ
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St Columba's Scottish Church in London hosts Still Reforming

Sunday, 1 October 2017pic

The Church of Scotland is a Presbyterian church, the largest denomination in Scotland, which emerged in 1560 under the leadership of John Knox. St Columba’s is one of two Church of Scotland congregations in London.  It was built to serve a westward-expanding London in 1884.  Following incendiary bomb damage during the Second World War, it was rebuilt thanks to the effort of the community and its minister, and the present building, designed by Sir Edward Maufe, was dedicated in 1955.
St Columba’s Church still offers a “home away from home” for Scots and anyone enjoying Presbyterian worship. Its building is used for many different types of activities — these include, among others, Scottish country dances, school assemblies, addiction support groups, bible study, food and fellowship, weddings, funerals, and many more worship services.

The emblem of the Church of Scotland is a burning bush, and its Latin motto Nec tamen consumebatur (from Exodus 3:2) translates into “Yet it was not consumed.” The congregation of St Columba’s has truly come through fire and not been destroyed. You, too, are welcome, and we hope that you will join us on 1 October 2017 for pictures and music about the Scottish Reformation (4pm), our evening service (5pm), followed by a cup of tea with Scottish shortbread.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


4pm at 67 Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD
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Friends of Cathedral Music and Sheffield Cathedral marking 500 years of the Reformation

Friday, 13 October 2017 until Sunday, 15 October 2017

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The Sheffield Diocesan Representative for Friends of Cathedral Music http://www.fcm.org.uk will be hosting what is called a Gathering - a mainly musical and educational meeting at Sheffield Cathedral in October 2017. The theme of the event is the Influence of the Reformation in England.  

The programme for the event will incluce talks mainly about the history and changes to the liturgy and liturgical music and explore why and how the Reformation in England took its unique course from most of the continent. There will be tours of Sheffield Cathedral and its historical links to the Reformation. For more information please contact virge.james@btinternet.com

 


Church St, Sheffield S1 1HA, Storbritannien S1 1HA
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Responding to the Reformation

Monday, 16 October 2017 until Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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Responding to the Reformation will take place from lunchtime on Monday 16 to lunchtime on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. It focuses on the Reformation and will be open to everyone working ecumenically at county or national level. More information and details of how to book can be found at

 http://www.cte.org.uk/ReformationConference


The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
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Reformation 500 - Moving On

Friday, 20 October 2017

Wiltshire Churches Together is hosting an evening of speakers and discussion at Market Lavington Community Hall, Wiltshire. Key speakers: The Revd. Dr. Anna Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Director of Studies, Centre for Formation in Ministry, Sarum College, Salisbury and The Revd. Michael Robertson, Ecumenical Officer on the Commission for Dialogue and Unity, Clifton Diocese.


Market Lavington Community Hall, St Mary's Road, Market Lavington, Wiltshire SN10 4DG
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What does it mean to be Reformed today?

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Professor David Fergusson, Principal of New College, the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh, will give a lecture on the theme “What does it mean to be Reformed today?” at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London, SW1X 0BD, at 1:15pm.

1:15pm St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, London SW1X 0BD,
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Bachfest, presented by London Bach Society

Sunday, 29 October 2017 until Sunday, 12 November 2017

The London Bach Society's 27th Bachfest will reflect the 500th anniversary of Luther's Reformation and its influence on Bach's life and music. The programme will be announced in the summer, with the events taking place in various locations in London. The timescale of dates quoted is the period in which the events will take place. See also the LBS website www.bachlive.co.uk for further articles and information.


London SW!
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Reformation Sunday and Church Anniversary

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge presents a number of special Reformation 500 events this year. 

On Reformation Sunday 29 October at 10.30am service and Church Anniversary. Preacherr will be Revd the Lord Griffith of Burry Port of Wesley Chapel, London.  

Further detalis: http://www.wesleycam.org.uk


Christ's Piece, Cambridge CB1 1Lg
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The Word and the Arts: A new Reformation?

Monday, 30 October 2017

Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge presents a number of special Reformation 500 events this year. 

On Monday 30 Octoberr  at 7.15 for 7.45pm Revd Dr Tim Macquiban of the Methodist Ecumenical Centre in Rome lectures on 'The Word and the Arts: A new Reformation?'. 

Free admission. Further detalis: http://www.wesleycam.org.uk


Christ's Piece, Cambridge CB1 1Lg
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Ecumenical Reformation Commemoration Service in Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, 31 October 2017pic

Westminster Abbey will alongside The Council of Lutheran Churches in Great Britain host an ecumenical service at 12 noon, with church leaders from all denominations in Britain and guest from other countries. This will be followed by a symposium on the theme “Liberated by Grace,” featuring theologians, historians, and a lively debate on contemporary resonances of the Reformation, in the adjoining St Margaret’s Church at 3pm. More details will be available soon.


12 noon Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA
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Ecumenical Service in The Roman Catholic Cathedral, Northampton

Saturday, 4 November 2017

There have been Lutherans in Northamptonshire for many decades since the end of the Second World War, and they will join together with other Christians in this ecumenical service on 4 November 2017 at 12 noon. The initiative for this commemoration has come from members of the Anglican-Lutheran Society. Preacher will be Rt Rev’d Jana Jeruma-Grinberg (Formerly Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain). The service will be followed by refreshments.


Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton NN2 6AG
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Norwegian and Finnish Churches host Still Reforming

Sunday, 12 November 2017

After the Great Fire of London in 1666 the timber trade between the Kingdom of Norway–Denmark and England grew to great proportions. Many Norwegians settled in London, and they worked hard to get their own church. In 1692 they formed their first  congregation. The first Danish-Norwegian church was consecrated in Wapping in 1696. It was both parish church as well as a seamen’s church for the many Danish and Norwegian sailors arriving on the Thames.  Today, the Norwegian Church is located in St Olav’s Church in Rotherhithe, which was purpose-built as a seamen’s church and opened in 1927.  Nowadays, between 10,000 and 15,000 Norwegians live permanently in London and have their home away from home at St Olav’s, where services are held every Sunday at 11am.

On a summer’s day in 1882 a young Finnish clergyman, his wife, and his baby son arrived in London. Elis Bergroth was the first person sent abroad by the Finnish Seamen’s Mission, as there was a clear need to help Finns who were experiencing problems during their stay in a foreign country. The word of God needed to be proclaimed in the concrete language of deeds. Countless people have since visited and worked at the Finnish Church in London. The Church is full of stories about people getting help, meeting long lost friends and experiencing the miraculous effects of sauna. New stories are created every day. The Church is an important meeting place for Finns living in and visiting the British Isles. The present church building dates from 1958 and is the third Finnish Church in London. It has a church hall, a cafeteria, a shop, a hostel, and a sauna. Holy Mass is held on the first Sunday of each month at 11am mainly in Finnish.

On 12 November 2017 we will be holding a joint Remembrance Sunday service at 10:50am, followed by a fellowship lunch where we look forward to hosting you.

The annual joint Christmas fair will be held in Albion Street the following weekend, 17–19 November 2017.

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


10.50am at St.Olav’s Square, 1 Albion Street, London SE16 7JB
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Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church hosts Still Reforming

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The Parish of the Most Holy Trinity, Dockhead is delighted delighted to welcome newcomers in December 2017 for fellowship and a service remembering events and changes triggered by the Reformation.

The parish finds its origins going back to Bermondsey Abbey pre-dating AD 715.  The First Mission was established in 1773. A chapel was built in 1782. A new church was built in 1835, the first Catholic Church to be built on a main road.  The Sisters of Mercy arrived in 1839 to support and initiate Catholic education for the poor. The Church was destroyed in the bombing of London in 1945, killing three of its priests. Much change was now to come to Bermondsey. The New Church by architect Goodheart-Rendal was consecrated in 1960.

Bermondsey has always had strong Catholic links, particularly with the Irish immigrants.  The Parish suffered in the 1960s and 70s because of many inner-city problems but in the 1990s it took on a new life.  It is now a vibrant, worshipping community, with a regular congregation of up to 500 people each week, sharing Eucharistic worship. The Parish shares an inclusive and international liturgical life based on the Second Vatican liturgical reforms. It has a generous awareness of those around the world who are in need and is always trying to develop strong links with the local community. 

Please contact us for a PDF or printed hard copy of the brochure "Still Reforming" which has all the events, contact details, and some essays about the anniversary and this ecumenical initiative.


6pm, Dockhead, London SE1 2BS
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