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Ecumenical Reformation Commemoration Service in Westminster Abbey
Tuesday, 31 October 2017


The 500th anniversary of the symbolic start of the Reformation movement when Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses will be remembered this autumn with a Special Service and Symposium at Westminster Abbey, in partnership with the Council of Lutheran Churches.

The Service to mark the anniversary will held in Westminster Abbey on 31st October at Noon. It will be led by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, and the Address will be given by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby. A new anthem, commissioned for the occasion by Danish composer, Bent Sørensen, will be performed by the Westminster Abbey Special Service Choir. Among those attending will be representatives of Lutheran Churches in the United Kingdom and colleagues from other churches representing the diversity of Christianity.

The service will be followed by ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’: a symposium, from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm, in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.

The symposium will bring together leading academics to analyse the ongoing impact of the Reformation and its effect on subsequent generations, not only for the Church but for social order, identity and culture.  

It will be chaired by the Bishop of Kensington, The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, with contributors: Professor David Crankshaw, King’s College, London; Professor Eamon Duffy, Magdalene College, Cambridge; The Right Reverend Dr Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain; Professor Robert Stern, Sheffield University; and Professor Alexandra Walsham, Trinity College, Cambridge.


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