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More than 2300 people have already joined our community to read and discuss Luther's theology in preparation for the Reformation jubilee in October 2017.

Ecumenical Reformation Celebration in Lund on October 31

Written by Sarah Wilson on 10/25/16, 6:36 PM.

On October 31—Reformation Day—a major ecumenical event will take place at the cathedral in Lund, Sweden. It’s a liturgy based on the important 2013 statement of the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue, From Conflict to Communion, which opens the jubilee year of the Reformation. The liturgy itself, called Common Prayer, was designed to reflect the insights of From Conflict to Communion: expressing the gospel-affirming ways that both Lutherans and Catholics can remember the Reformation. That means lamenting what went wrong and was unworthy of the Christian faith, and rejoicing in what went right and gave glory to God. Pope Francis himself will participate!

To learn more and watch the livestream of the liturgy, head to the Lutheran World Federation site.

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500 Years

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 2017, Martin Luther is going to be a hot topic of conversation and debate among Lutherans, other Christians, and the media. Will the conversation shed more heat than light? Or it will be an occasion to reappropriate a powerful witness to the Christian faith?


The reading part is just the beginning. By registering for a free account, readers can participate in online discussions. Luther’s writings will give rise to a broad conversation about what they meant then, and what they mean for us now. And the scope will be truly global: while all the texts will be offered in English, international partners will also be making parts of Luther available in Hungarian, Chinese, and Portuguese, to name a few.

Behind the scenes

The Luther Reading Challenge is a project of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, an affiliate of the Lutheran World Federation that has been devoted to Lutheran churches’ ecumenical commitments since 1965. The Challenge is a direct outgrowth of the inspiring experience of Institute staff in teaching an annual two-week course called Studying Luther in Wittenberg, which has gathered Lutheran pastors from around the world for intensive study since 2009, and the Theological Reading Challenge sponsored by the journal Lutheran Forum.