2017 sees the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This was an earthquake in the life of the church, a theological and ecclesiological revolution that would lead to political and social change across western Europe. It would have its effect not just on protestant, reformed churches but even the Roman Catholic Church itself. The Church of England was in some ways a product of the process, though the resulting church was very ‘English’ in character and self-understanding. But for all of this huge turmoil the start of it can be carefully and precisely dated.
On 31 October 1517 a German Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, nailed a document on which were printed 95 theses to a door in Wittenberg. The hammer blows resounded round the world and heralded this process which continues to have its effects today as Christians continue to be reformed in their theology and character.
To mark this event a group of people from Southwark Cathedral in London are spending ten days in Germany visiting places associated with the life and ministry of Martin Luther. This blog is your invitation to travel with us.