On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther pinned 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, protesting against the practice of indulgences and touching on questions of grace, repentance and forgiveness.
The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation provides the opportunity to explore and reflect upon issues of church, state, and religious and cultural diversity that are still at the centre of our national life: the conflicts that divide, and the convictions diverse parts of the Christian church hold sacred – the pillars on which their faith stands or falls. How are we called to be reformed by the Gospel? How do we build the unity Christ called for with those whose convictions are very different from our own?
This autumn St Martin in the Fields will host a lecture series, exploring some of these hopes and controversies. All lectures from 7.00pm-8.30pm on Monday evenings at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and are free and open to all.
If you are interested, you can listen here:
Alister McGrath on the Meaning of the Reformation 500 years ago and today – an introduction to the importance of the reformation not only for the church
Lucy Winkett and Sam Wells on Reforming the Church – exploring the challenges that the church faces today from the viewpoint of the reformation. There are now also a scripts available under the above link.
Nicholas Holtam, David Monteith and Sally Hitchiner on Reforming Marriage – exploring the challenges of gay relationships, civil partnerships and same sex marriage for the church.
David Olusoga and Liz Adekunle on Reforming Attitudes to Race – exploring our attitudes to race in 21st century Britain.