From gatherings of many hundreds of people for worship in lofty cathedrals to a home service attended by just a husband and wife, such was the diversity of Reformation commemorations throughout Australia and New Zealand.
When LCA Bishop John Henderson planted a tree in Canberra last month, it was a simple, local act with global roots and international significance. The tree planting at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in the Australian Capital Territory was part of the worldwide commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, stemming from the birthplace… Read more
Five centuries after the Reformation, how do the Lutheran and Catholic churches get along today? What has been achieved by working together since inter-church dialogue between the two began in Australia in the mid–1970s?
Students from Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (LORDS) at Pimpama on Queensland’s Gold Coast recently found a unique way to recognise the LCA’s 50.500 initiative and celebrate their own milestone. At the school’s chapel assembly on Reformation Day the students from years 3, 4 and 6 created the 500 sign out of the LORDS and… Read more
As part of the lead-up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, an ecumenical working party of Lutherans and Catholics has been planning a program of projects and events to jointly commemorate the occasion. One is a series of articles, written by Lutheran and Catholic authors from around Australia, to be published in… Read more
Five hundred years after the Reformation, Catholic and Lutheran world leaders will worship together, representing a shared shifting of intent: from rift to reconciliation. The historic service will be co-led by Pope Francis and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Rev Dr Munib Younan and General Secretary Rev Dr Martin Junge. It will take place in… Read more
Raising awareness of social issues and connecting people across the world are the aims of a new international Lutheran postcard project. Entitled ‘Note for Sale’, it has been initiated by South Australian lay worker Sophie Gerrie and her teammates from the Lutheran World Federation’s (LWF) Global Young Reformers Network. In the lead-up to the 500th… Read more