“Conflict and Communion: Toward 22nd Century Christianity”
7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT October 30
The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher
500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation
Join us to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, when the Augustinian friar Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on a church door in Wittenburg. This vespers service will be based on the ongoing ecumenical dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Acknowledging the history of conflict that developed out of the Reformation, this prayer service will look toward a future Christianity of greater communion and unity between Catholics and Protestants, and in particular the ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic and Lutheran churches.
Co-presiding at the service will be the Rev. Robert Hennessy, Bishop of the Merrimack Region of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and the Rev. James Hazelwood, Bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Local clergy representing both Catholic and Protestant traditions will also participate, along with a festival choir composed of singers from Merrimack College and local area churches.
Vespers Service in the Collegiate Church
Followed by a reception elsewhere on campus, RSVP required