On 31 October 1517, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed to the door of a German church 95 theses that challenged the malpractices of sections of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Little did he know that his ideas would shake Europe to its very foundations and change its history for ever. A series of events is planned across the continent to remember that episode in Christian history, and to reflect on its influence on our society as an extensive movement of reform.
Here are details of what is happening in London:
Sunday 7 May at 3 pm at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, EC2N 2HA:
A Cantata by J S Bach on period instruments with the City Bach Collective.
Saturday 10 June at 8 pm at the French Protestant Church of London, 8 – 9 Soho Square, W1D 3QD
“The French Protestants from dark times …. to Soho!” – exhibition and talk.
Sunday 2 July at 4 pm at St Katharine’s, the Danish Church in London, 4 St Katharine’s Precinct, NW1 4HH
“Listen to the clouds” – a meditative afternoon service with contemplative music, readings, hymns and reflection. Refreshments will follow after the service in the garden of the vicarage.
Sunday 27 August at Lumen United Reformed Church, 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RS
details to follow.
5 September to 31 October at St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, E1 8EB
German Protestants in Great Britain – an exhibition.
Thursday 14 September at 6 pm at St Anne’s Church, Dean Street, W1D 6AF
Evensong: Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with singers from King’s College London
6.45 pm: Lecture – “The Reformation and the reform of Anglican liturgy” by Rev Keith Riglin, Assistant Priest, Chaplain, King’s College London. Followed by a cheese and wine reception.
Sunday 1 October at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, SW1X 0BD
4 pm: “The Scottish Reformation in pictures and music”
5 pm: Evening service followed by tea and Scottish shortbread
Friday 27 October at 1.15 pm at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, SW1X 0BD
Lecture: “What does it mean to be Reformed today”? – Professor David Fergusson, Principal of New College, the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh.
Tuesday 31 October at 12 noon at Westminster Abbey
an ecumenical service.
Sunday 12 November at 10.50 am at St Olav’s Church, 1 Albion Street, SE16 7HZ
A Remembrance Sunday service followed by lunch, a joint Norwegian and Finnish Church event.
Friday 1 December at 6 pm at The Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Dockhead, SE1 2BS
“ A Service of remembrance and fellowship”.