City-Wide Celebration of the Reformation
It’s been 500 years since the Protestant Reformation in Europe with far-reaching effects on worship today. How much do you know about the Reformation and its impact? Here are some interesting facts:
- “A Mighty Fortress,” written by Luther in the late 1520s, became known as the “battle hymn of the Reformation.”
- Reading scripture in the language of the people officially became “a thing.” Luther’s German New Testament (1522) was so popular that it helped shape the written German language.
- Churches physically changed when they “reformed”: from rectangular to round, from altar-focused to pulpit-focused, from extensive ritual to preaching and song.
Learn more about the Reformation by attending campus events and some off-campus coming up this month. Here's a short list:
- Oct. 5, 3:30 PM “Yes, No, Maybe: Early Modern Women’s Varied Responses to the Reformation,” by Dr. Karin Maag, CFAC Recital Hall
- Oct. 5, 7-9 PM Panel of Reformed and Roman Catholic speakers on “What can Protestants and Catholics Learn from One Another Today?” Calvin College Chapel
- Oct. 19, 20, 21, Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation, musical stage production, Wealthy Theatre
The complete list gives information about more lectures and concerts all over the city. Check it out.