It was 500 years ago on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther posted his Ninty-five Theses questioning the sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church for the forgiveness of sins on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This event set in motion a chain of events that led to the formation of the Protestant branch of Christianity and changes in Catholism. A number of observances are planned globally, nationally and locally to commerate its impact on religion, music and the arts. More "Reformation 500" information can be found at www.elca500.org and www.css-elca.org websites.
REFORMATION BASH AT PRINCE OF PEACE - OCT. 2017
Celebrating the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with worship, a visit from Martin and Katie, German food sampling, Reformation Jeopardy and historical posters.
Exploring the Reformation at Missouri State
A guided tour on February 5 of the Reformation Exhibits at MSU Meyer Library by Dr. Austra Renis was an opportunity for individuals to explore the history, books, art and music of the movement and insight into the religious landscape of the Ozarks and Springfield.
Pictured: Members from Prince of Peace and other churches; 1848 German Bible.
The Arrival of Lutheranism in the Ozarks
Lutheranism came late to Springfield, Missouri. According to historian Meredith Adams, the railroads facilitated the growth of the Ozarks. Prior to their arrival, “There were no large ethnic Lutheran settlements here.” Founded in 1910, Trinity Lutheran Church is the oldest Missouri Synod Lutheran congregation in Greene County. It followed the established of churches in Lawrence (Trinity Lutheran in 1874) and Dade counties (Immanuel Lutheran in 1882). -- Excerpt from "Martin Lutheran and the Lutheran Reformation" exhibit. --
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE REFORMATION
Music from the eras of multiple reformations were reflected in the hymns of Palestrina, Bach and Billings at the 500 Years of Reformation concert presented by the MSU student ensemble and Springfield area choirs on Sunday, March 19 at University Heights Baptist Church.