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On October 31, 1517, a young German monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, sparking discussion of reform of the Roman Catholic Church which led to the Protestant Reformation and changes in theology, world history, art, music and culture. What does that mean for us now? Please join us for a variety of events to celebrate: sermons, Bible studies, lectures, discussions, a movie, a gallery tour and even a sing-along! Dr. Bruce Douglass kicks off the celebration in Adult Ed on May 7, 14, and 21 (see schedule below).

May and June Events

  • Sunday, May 7   Dr. Bruce Douglass, “Revisiting Our Roots-The Protestant Reformation 500 Years Later” Antecedents and Luther’s Initiative (1/3) {9:45 am GPC Adult Ed., Washington Room}
  • Sunday, May 14   Dr. Bruce Douglass, “The Catholic Response” (2/3) {9:45 am GPC Adult Ed., Washington Room}
  • Sunday, May 21   Dr. Bruce Douglass “The Rise (and Splintering) of Protestant Christianity” (3/3) {9:45 am GPC Adult Ed., Washington Room}
  • Saturday, June 10   Reformed Institute, “Does Christian Unity Matter Anymore?” {Immanuel Presbyterian Church, reformedinstitute.org}

September Events

  • Saturday, September 23   Reformed Institute, “The Difference the Protestant Reformation Made in Christian Worship” {reformedinstitute.org}
  • Saturday, September 30   Martin Luther Movie Night with Popcorn! PBS Empires Series “Driven to Defiance” {7pm, GPC}

October Events

  • Sunday, October 1   Katie Chatelaine-Samsen and Chuck Schilke, “Luther’s Life and Times” {9:45 am GPC Adult Ed., Washington Room}
  • Sunday, October 1   Rev. Rachel Vaagenes, “Christ Alone” (Reformation Sermon Series) {11am Worship, GPC}
  • Saturday, October 7   Group Tour (Self-Guided), “Art of the Reformation, the Renaissance and the Counter-Reformation” {National Gallery of Art, Details TBA, gtownpres.org}
  • Sunday, October 8   Dr. Nelson H. Minnich, Professor of Renaissance, Reformation, Catholic Reformation (Catholic University of America), “Sacred Art in the Age of the Reformation” {9:45 am GPC Adult Ed., Washington Room}
  • Sunday, October 8   Rev. Olivia Lane, “Grace Alone” (Reformation Sermon Series) {11am Worship, GPC}
  • Sunday, October 15   Rev. Larissa Kwong Abaza (Princeton Theological Seminary), “The Reformation Comes to Princeton and America” {9:45 am GPC Adult Ed., Washington Room}
  • Sunday, October 15   Rev. Larissa Kwong Abaza (Princeton Theological Seminary), “Faith Alone” (Reformation Sermon Series) {11am Worship, GPC}
  • Saturday, October 21   GPC Circles meet to discuss Luther’s “Freedom of a Christian” {Details TBA}
  • Sunday, October 22   Adrian Vaagenes, Discussion of Luther’s “Freedom of a Christian” {9:45 am GPC Adult Ed., Washington Room}
  • Sunday, October 22   Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, “Scripture Alone” (Reformation Sermon Series) {11am Worship, GPC}
  • Saturday, October 28   Luther Sing-Along! (feat. brats, beer, and A Mighty Fortress) {7pm, GPC}
  • Sunday, October 29 Rev. John Vest (Union Theological Seminary), “The Reformation: The Next 500 Years” {9:45 am GPC Adult Ed., Washington Room}
  • Sunday, October 29   Rev. John Vest (Union Theological Seminary), “God’s Glory Alone” (Reformation Sermon Series) {11am Worship, GPC}

November Events

  • Beginning Wednesday, November 1 (or Sunday, November 5), a “Romans & The Reformation” Bible study will meet on Wednesdays at 10am and 7:30pm and on Sunday mornings at 10am
  • Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18   Reformed Institute Conference, “AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: Reformed and Roman Catholic Perspectives on the Reformations of the 16th Century” {reformedinstitute.org}

Painting: George Pentz, Bildnis Martin Luther (1533)