'12-D00R - LONDON STILL REFORMING' in the Danish Church 2 July at 4pm

The Danish Church in London was first established close to 350 years ago. Today it represents the ‘Folkekirke’ similar to a parish church in Denmark, for close to 55.000 Danes in and around Greater London. In the historic building of St Katharine’s, a 200-year-old neo-Gothic church, we invite you to join us on Sunday 2 July at 4-6pm for an afternoon of Danish Lutheran legacy in this country, the history of St Katharine’s and an introduction to the Green ‘Golden’ organ by the organist Mr Christian Devantier, who will introduce and demonstrate the uniqueness of St Katharine’s organ. Refreshments will follow in the vicarage garden. We welcome all at 4 St Katharine’s Precinct, Regents Park, NW1 4HH.

 

 


Hay Festival, Reimagine the World

Hay-in-Wales

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. For tickets visit http://www.hayfestival.org.


Martin Luther 1517 – 2017 

Medieval Histories

Four exhibitions in Germany set the tone. In 1517 Martin Luther posted 95 theses concerning the market for Indulgencies inviting his students to take part in a lofty academic debate in Wittenberg.

In this article a number of interesting books are suggested Read the full story

 


Women of the Reformation

Much is said and written of the men who spearheaded the Reformation but not so much about the women who, in so many ways, supported and spread the word often at great cost to their lives.

To commemorate the Reformation and pay tribute to its women, The Anglican-Lutheran Society, St Anne’s Lutheran church with Women and the Church: WATCH (London), are linking together and have arranged three early evening events to hear about Reformation Women. The evenings are to be held at the Church of St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London, EC3R 8EE by courtesy of the Revd Prebendary Rose Hudson Wilkin. The dates are: Thursday 18 May; Thursday 22 June and Thursday 29 June; all from 6.30-8.30pm. 

Read more http://www.reformation500.uk/events-overview.htm


LEGACY: A DRAMATIC PRESENTATION OF ‘THE STORY OF MARTIN LUTHER’.

Join Saltmine Theatre Company to celebrate the legacy of this remarkable man, whose devout faith and unshakeable commitment to the Word of God led him to translate the Bible. This act made Scripture accessible to all for the first time in history and changed the trajectory of the Christian Church forever, as he becomes convinced that salvation comes through faith alone and can never be bought.  

On the 500th anniversary year of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses being sent out, Saltmine Theatre Company is delighted to announce a new 20-minute dramatic presentation celebrating the life and work of a true Faith Pioneer.  This powerful portrayal can easily fit into a church service or into a celebration event already scheduled.  Available October – early November 2017                                                                         

To enquire about booking a date please contact Joanna Bell, Tour Co-Ordinator on 01384 454 807 or email: creative@saltmine.org. Saltmine, a professional company with a Christian ethos, creates faith-motivated art and tours to churches, theatres and schools throughout the UK and abroad, performing to over 100,000 people each year.  For more information please visit http://www.saltminetrust.org.uk


 

Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer at St George's Cathedral 26 March 

History was made on Sunday, 26 March 2017, when Catholics and Lutherans in Britain jointly commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which marks the publication in 1517 of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.  Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer was conducted at St George's Cathedral in London, at the invitation of the Most Revd Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark. It was based on a service held in Lund, Sweden, in October 2016, at which Pope Francis joined Lutheran leaders to begin the year of commemoration.   

The preachers in London were the Most Revd Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity; and the Rt Revd Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain.  The Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Richard Hearn, and the Chair of the Council of Lutheran Churches, the Revd Torbjørn Holt, introduced the service and Archbishop Smith welcomed the congregation.

[More photographs https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/sets/72157679425489122]

Archbishop Longley recalled the increasingly close links between Catholics and Lutherans in Britain that had developed over the years, particularly since the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999.  He said: 'These ecumenical friendships, in which we recognise the grace-filled fruitfulness of each other’s ministries, are among the gifts already exchanged which enable us to be at home with one another today.'

Bishop Lind said that Lutherans and Catholics were in search of lost unity.  'You may say: we were once married. The marriage was broken in a divorce. Now we have to reconcile and unite again....We are not going back to what once happened. We are on the way to a new unity, an untried experience.'

The service included prayers of thanksgiving and repentance, and acts of common witness and commitment. A number of Lutheran and Catholic clergy participated in the service, as well as some Anglicans, and young persons from Catholic and Lutheran parishes lit candles at the reading of Five Imperatives to guide the churches on their ecumenical journey. 

Other ecumenical services to commemorate the Reformation will take place later in the year.  

Liturgical order of Common Prayer

Sermon of Archbishop Bernarnd Longley 26 March 2017

Sermon of Bishop Martin Lind 26 March 2017


THE REFORMATION IN OXFORD

Reformation 2017 in Oxford at the Taylorian Library. Learn more the Bodleian Libraries blog. https://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/taylor-reformation/


95 WAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

The JUBILEE CENTRE has just launched a campaign to crowdsource a set of new theses marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, called ’95 ways to change the world’. The initiative at  http://www.Reformation2017.org is aimed especially at Christians aged 33 or under (which is how old Martin Luther was in 1517), although anyone may suggest a new thesis.  A £500 prize will be awarded for the best new thesis, and training will be offered to those who want to turn their vision for change into an actual project.

This is unique in inviting people from around the world to share their vision and ideas for promoting ‘true human flourishing’. Please contact Calum Samuelson, the project manager on C.Samuelson@jubilee-centre.org or 01223 755148, who can explain more about this initiative, or answer any questions you may have.  Twitter hashtag #truehumanflourishing and our handle is @2017Reformation. 

The Jubilee Centre, St Andrews House, 59 St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3BZ. Tel. 01223 566319, direct line: 01223 755144, http://www.jubilee-centre.org


EXHIBITION AT SENATE HOUSE LIBRARY - University of London

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

Reformation runs from 23 June to 15 December 2017.


STILL REFORMING - Reformation on London's Doorsteps

A number of congregations and communities in London have joined forces to commemorate the anniversary. Throughout the year, once a month, a different London church is profiled with its own particular history, story and relationship to the Reformation. 12 churches for the 12 months of the year. For each month the church responsible will share an event, a story, one or two thesis, refreshments  as we make the most of the Reformation Anniversary and the opportunity it offers to learn more about the multitude of congregations in London made up of British as well immigrants, have made in the UK. Read more in the booklet 'Still Reforming' click here or go to current events on http://www.reformation500.uk/events-overview.htm.


 

 


Please inform us of interesting news or announcements, which we can post here.

The Lutheran Council of Great Britain
30 Thanet Street London WC1H 9QH
Registered Charity No. 232042

'12-D00R - LONDON STILL REFORMING' in the Danish Church 2 July at 4pm

The Danish Church in London was first established close to 350 years ago. Today it represents the ‘Folkekirke’ similar to a parish church in Denmark, for close to 55.000 Danes in and around Greater London. In the historic building of St Katharine’s, a 200-year-old neo-Gothic church, we invite you to join us on Sunday 2 July at 4-6pm for an afternoon of Danish Lutheran legacy in this country, the history of St Katharine’s and an introduction to the Green ‘Golden’ organ by the organist Mr Christian Devantier, who will introduce and demonstrate the uniqueness of St Katharine’s organ. Refreshments will follow in the vicarage garden. We welcome all at 4 St Katharine’s Precinct, Regents Park, NW1 4HH.

 

 


Hay Festival, Reimagine the World

Hay-in-Wales

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. For tickets visit http://www.hayfestival.org.


Martin Luther 1517 – 2017 

Medieval Histories

Four exhibitions in Germany set the tone. In 1517 Martin Luther posted 95 theses concerning the market for Indulgencies inviting his students to take part in a lofty academic debate in Wittenberg.

In this article a number of interesting books are suggested Read the full story

 


Women of the Reformation

Much is said and written of the men who spearheaded the Reformation but not so much about the women who, in so many ways, supported and spread the word often at great cost to their lives.

To commemorate the Reformation and pay tribute to its women, The Anglican-Lutheran Society, St Anne’s Lutheran church with Women and the Church: WATCH (London), are linking together and have arranged three early evening events to hear about Reformation Women. The evenings are to be held at the Church of St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London, EC3R 8EE by courtesy of the Revd Prebendary Rose Hudson Wilkin. The dates are: Thursday 18 May; Thursday 22 June and Thursday 29 June; all from 6.30-8.30pm. 

Read more http://www.reformation500.uk/events-overview.htm


LEGACY: A DRAMATIC PRESENTATION OF ‘THE STORY OF MARTIN LUTHER’.

Join Saltmine Theatre Company to celebrate the legacy of this remarkable man, whose devout faith and unshakeable commitment to the Word of God led him to translate the Bible. This act made Scripture accessible to all for the first time in history and changed the trajectory of the Christian Church forever, as he becomes convinced that salvation comes through faith alone and can never be bought.  

On the 500th anniversary year of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses being sent out, Saltmine Theatre Company is delighted to announce a new 20-minute dramatic presentation celebrating the life and work of a true Faith Pioneer.  This powerful portrayal can easily fit into a church service or into a celebration event already scheduled.  Available October – early November 2017                                                                         

To enquire about booking a date please contact Joanna Bell, Tour Co-Ordinator on 01384 454 807 or email: creative@saltmine.org. Saltmine, a professional company with a Christian ethos, creates faith-motivated art and tours to churches, theatres and schools throughout the UK and abroad, performing to over 100,000 people each year.  For more information please visit http://www.saltminetrust.org.uk


 

Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer at St George's Cathedral 26 March 

History was made on Sunday, 26 March 2017, when Catholics and Lutherans in Britain jointly commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which marks the publication in 1517 of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.  Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer was conducted at St George's Cathedral in London, at the invitation of the Most Revd Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark. It was based on a service held in Lund, Sweden, in October 2016, at which Pope Francis joined Lutheran leaders to begin the year of commemoration.   

The preachers in London were the Most Revd Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity; and the Rt Revd Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain.  The Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Richard Hearn, and the Chair of the Council of Lutheran Churches, the Revd Torbjørn Holt, introduced the service and Archbishop Smith welcomed the congregation.

[More photographs https://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/sets/72157679425489122]

Archbishop Longley recalled the increasingly close links between Catholics and Lutherans in Britain that had developed over the years, particularly since the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999.  He said: 'These ecumenical friendships, in which we recognise the grace-filled fruitfulness of each other’s ministries, are among the gifts already exchanged which enable us to be at home with one another today.'

Bishop Lind said that Lutherans and Catholics were in search of lost unity.  'You may say: we were once married. The marriage was broken in a divorce. Now we have to reconcile and unite again....We are not going back to what once happened. We are on the way to a new unity, an untried experience.'

The service included prayers of thanksgiving and repentance, and acts of common witness and commitment. A number of Lutheran and Catholic clergy participated in the service, as well as some Anglicans, and young persons from Catholic and Lutheran parishes lit candles at the reading of Five Imperatives to guide the churches on their ecumenical journey. 

Other ecumenical services to commemorate the Reformation will take place later in the year.  

Liturgical order of Common Prayer

Sermon of Archbishop Bernarnd Longley 26 March 2017

Sermon of Bishop Martin Lind 26 March 2017


THE REFORMATION IN OXFORD

Reformation 2017 in Oxford at the Taylorian Library. Learn more the Bodleian Libraries blog. https://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/taylor-reformation/


95 WAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

The JUBILEE CENTRE has just launched a campaign to crowdsource a set of new theses marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, called ’95 ways to change the world’. The initiative at  http://www.Reformation2017.org is aimed especially at Christians aged 33 or under (which is how old Martin Luther was in 1517), although anyone may suggest a new thesis.  A £500 prize will be awarded for the best new thesis, and training will be offered to those who want to turn their vision for change into an actual project.

This is unique in inviting people from around the world to share their vision and ideas for promoting ‘true human flourishing’. Please contact Calum Samuelson, the project manager on C.Samuelson@jubilee-centre.org or 01223 755148, who can explain more about this initiative, or answer any questions you may have.  Twitter hashtag #truehumanflourishing and our handle is @2017Reformation. 

The Jubilee Centre, St Andrews House, 59 St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3BZ. Tel. 01223 566319, direct line: 01223 755144, http://www.jubilee-centre.org


EXHIBITION AT SENATE HOUSE LIBRARY - University of London

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

Reformation runs from 23 June to 15 December 2017.


STILL REFORMING - Reformation on London's Doorsteps

A number of congregations and communities in London have joined forces to commemorate the anniversary. Throughout the year, once a month, a different London church is profiled with its own particular history, story and relationship to the Reformation. 12 churches for the 12 months of the year. For each month the church responsible will share an event, a story, one or two thesis, refreshments  as we make the most of the Reformation Anniversary and the opportunity it offers to learn more about the multitude of congregations in London made up of British as well immigrants, have made in the UK. Read more in the booklet 'Still Reforming' click here or go to current events on http://www.reformation500.uk/events-overview.htm.


 

 


Please inform us of interesting news or announcements, which we can post here.

The Lutheran Council of Great Britain
30 Thanet Street London WC1H 9QH
Registered Charity No. 232042