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“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
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​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

Last modified on Sep. 14th at 2:53pm by Deb Longabaugh-Burg.
  • Prof. Warren Kay annually nails the 95 Theses to the door of the Collegiate Church on the October 31 anniversary.
    Prof. Warren Kay annually nails the 95 Theses to the door of the Collegiate Church on the October 31 anniversary.
  • Martin Luther posts his 95 theses in Wittenburg in this painting by Ferdinand Pauwels.
    Martin Luther posts his 95 theses in Wittenburg in this painting by Ferdinand Pauwels.
    Public domain.
  • 1517 Nuremberg printing of the Ninety-five Theses as a placard, now in the Berlin State Library.
    1517 Nuremberg printing of the Ninety-five Theses as a placard, now in the Berlin State Library.

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