Martin Luther: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Man
“God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing God can make nothing out of him.” Martin Luther
Join us for a special Wednesday Lenten series celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! We'll gather at UDLC in the Son Room from 7:00—8:30 PM.
March 8th Part 1, View Rick Steves’ film on Martin Luther and the Reformation (Video & discussion)—which examines the social, political and religious setting in Luther’s Germany and how these forces influenced his thinking and actions.
March 22nd (note new date!) Part 2 of Rick Steves’ film on Martin Luther and the Reformation (Video & discussion)—which examines the dramatic changes in Europe, the humanity of Luther, the resulting changes in the Catholic Church, and the relationship today with the Protestant Church.
March 29th (note new date!) Grace Alone, Faith Alone and the Word Alone! We will discuss the core of Lutheran theology as first understood by the Apostle Paul, then developed by Martin Luther, and claimed by Lutherans today! (Hosts: Pastor Lawlor & Dottie Long)
More on Rick Steves' Luther and the Reformation
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 1517, the German monk Martin Luther collected 95 points to stoke discussion about the corruption of the medieval Church. With that small, symbolic act, Luther unleashed a storm of change, kicking off the most important religious event of the last mil- lennium, the Protestant Reformation. To help those interested understand the whats, hows, and whys of it all, we produced a public television special, called Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation.
The Reformation even if you’re not a Lutheran, is a very big deal! As 2017 approached, I wanted to contribute to our society’s appreciation of this event on its 500th anniversary. My mission: to produce an hour long documentary that would be useful for Lutheran churches, other Protestant denominations, Roman Catholic churches, and also secular media. There have been good movies about Martin Luther, but I planned a broader coverage explaining the historic, econ- omic, and social context of the Refor- mation, and how this tumultuous age helped Europe leave the Middle Ages and enter Modern Age.
A message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is not only a time for reflection on the rich history of this church, but also a chance to look forward to what lies ahead for all. Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation is a wonderful resource for all of us—pastors and lay people alike —to better understand our Lutheran roots and help us on our continued journey of understanding the gospel. I invite you to share this video with your congregation to help guide a conversation in your community.