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Church Parliament to Prepare Reformation Jubilee

November 10, 2011

Magdeburg (epd). At its next annual session, the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) will discuss plans for the 2017 Reformation Jubilee. The celebration should not be a "museum-piece retrospective" but, rather, an "invitation to faith," said the presidium in the theme proposal voted by the church parliament on Wednesday as its 2011 annual session concluded in Magdeburg.

In six years, the EKD will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. The publication on October 31, 1517 of these theses criticizing the church is considered to be the day on which the worldwide Reformation was launched.

The Protestant church inaugurated the "Luther Decade" in 2008. During the decade, a theme will be chosen for each year leading up to the Reformation Jubilee. On October 31 this year, the 2012 theme year entitled "Reformation and Music" was launched.

Plans for the 2017 Jubilee itself are still in the early stages. Currently plans call for an exceptionally large worship gathering to be held in the direct vicinity of Wittenberg in late May/early June, marking the start of an "international world exposition of Protestantism." Under this tentative working title, the religious, cultural and social developments sparked by the Reformation will be the theme of 95 exhibit sites in and around the Luther town.

The EKD Synod is comprised of 126 delegates from 22 regional Protestant churches. This year's session with "mission" as its theme will come to a close in Magdeburg at noon on Wednesday. The 2012 session under the title motto "In the beginning was the Word - Perspectives for the 2017 Reformation Anniversary" will be held in early November in Timmendorfer Strand .



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