2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s protest that founded Protestantism and, without too much overstatement, changed the world. In preparation for that “Jubilee Anniversary” the Protestant Church in Germany has dedicated the previous year, 2016, to “Further Acts: the Reformation and One World.” Our sister congregation, the Markusgemeinde in Bielefeld had invited us to an event that their regional church, the Church in Westfalen, is planning for the weekend of Ascension, May 6-8.
If enough people might be interested in traveling to Germany, we could also spend some time in Bielefeld, visiting with our friends at Markusgemeinde. And since this is all about build-up the the 2017 celebrations of Luther, if we were that close, why not beat the crowds and visit the historic sites in Wittenberg. (Martin, the seminarian from Germany who spent some time at Old First in 2011, took me to Wittenberg when I was in Germany in 2013 — and already then Wittenberg was abuzz with excitement and preparations for record crowds in 2017!)
But, first, do any of us have any interest in such a trip? There aren’t many details yet, but before we get to planning, we need to see if a group of people has any interest in making such a pilgrimage.
If you are interested, please speak to Michael, If there’s a critical mass of people interested, we’ll start planning…