500th Anniversary of the Reformation Events

Martin Luther (1483–1546) started the Reformation with his 1517 work “The Ninety-Five Theses”. Luther began by criticizing the selling of indulgences, insisting that the Pope had no authority over purgatory and that the Catholic doctrine of the merits of the saints had no foundation in the gospel. 

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church has events planned to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation from October 2016 to October 2017!


 Click here to view the Our Saviour’s Schedule of Events.


 Click here to view the Reformation Timeline (from the year 1054 to 1539). Make sure to check out page 3 which provides links to additional Reformation resources available online.


 Click here to view the slide presentation from the Adult Ed class, “From Conflict to Communion: A Lutheran-Catholic Conversation Series" – Session 1 from Monday, March 6, 2017. Title: Reformation in an Ecumenical Age - Martin Luther: New Perspectives and Historical Sketch.


 Click here to view the slide presentation from the Adult Ed class, “From Conflict to Communion: A Lutheran-Catholic Conversation Series" – Session 2 from Thursday, March 16, 2017. Title: Justification & Eucharist.


 Click here to view the slide presentation from the Adult Ed class, “From Conflict to Communion: A Lutheran-Catholic Conversation Series" – Session 3 from Monday, March 20, 2017. Title: Ministry, Scripture and Tradition.


 Click here to view the slide presentation from the Adult Ed class, “From Conflict to Communion: A Lutheran-Catholic Conversation Series" – Session 4 from Thursday, April 6, 2017. Title: Shared Sacrament of Baptism and Five Imperatives for Commemorating the Reformation.


 Click here for additional information on Martin Luther and the Reformation.


On Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 pm, the Our Saviour's Chancel Choir and the All Saints Lutheran (Palatine) Adult Choir presented a joint choral concert in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Congregational singing with brass and organ accompaniment will completed the program. Thank you to all who participated.


The event on Saturday, February 25, 2017, "From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran and Catholic Perspectives" featured two presenters, the Very Reverend Thomas Baima and the Reverend Doctor Lowell Almen who shared their thoughts regarding the significant steps that have taken place between Lutherans and Catholics in the last 50 years.

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Prayer Service @ 00:00, Presentations @ 24:15, Q&A @ 1:03:00

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For photos of the event "From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran and Catholic Perspectives" please click here, or visit the Photo Gallery, under Resources.

For an audio recording of the event "From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran and Catholic Perspectives" please click here and scroll to the "Lutheran-Catholic Perspectives on the Reformation" event on February 25, 2017.