Reformation 500

On October 31st, 1517, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther nailed his "95 Thesis" to the door of the Castle Church in what is now Wittenberg, Germany.  What started as an academic debate became a fire that swept Europe... a fire that no bishop, no prince and no soldier could put out.

We are joining in the worldwide celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Christian Reformation with events in our regional association of congregations. We hope you will be able to join us in the celebration. 

For information on these events, please contact the organizer before contacting our church office.

Joint Lutheran-Roman Catholic Liturgy of Prayer - Oct 18 - Garden Grove, CA

Joint Lutheran-Roman Catholic Liturgy - Oct 18 - San Bernardino, CA

Organ Concert - Oct 21 - Riverside, CA

Riverside's Eden Lutheran Church is commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with an Organ Concert featuring David Christensen. On 1517 Martin Luther, a Catholic priest, posted 95 theses for discussion on the church doors in Wittenberg, Germany. This led to the formation of Protestant churches. Pieces from composers Richard Purvis, Johann Sebastian Bach, Martin Luther and others will be featured. Members of the Raincross Master Chorale directed by William Brakemeyer will also perform.

The concert will take place on Saturday, October 21, at 4:00 in the afternoon.

David Christensen will be performing on Eden's custom-made, three manual, thirty-seven rank Moller organ. He is the Carillonneur at UCR and provides the campus with weekly carillon concerts. At the University he teaches both organ and carillon students. Mr. Christensen has been Eden's organist and music director for more than 19 years. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger of music for organ, piano, voice, and hand bells.

The concert is at Eden Lutheran Church, 4725 Brockton Ave. The public is welcome. A freewill offering will be accepted to benefit Eden's music ministry and the Chorale's scholarship program.

Documentary Screening and Discussion - Oct 24 - Claremont (San Gabriel Valley), CA

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 p.m.
Mudd Theater at Claremont School of Theology
1325 N. College Avenue, Claremont
Come and see the new film for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and then hear Rick Steves discuss its relevance for today. Admission is free!
For more information, click here.

Organ Concert - Oct 28 - Garden Grove, CA

Lecture - Oct 28 - Orange, CA

Joint Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic Liturgy of Prayer and Music - Oct 29 - San Diego, CA

You are invited to a joint-sponsored Lutheran, Anglican, and Roman Catholic Service of Common Prayer on Sunday, October 29, 2017, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will take place in the beautiful church of The Immaculata on the campus of the University of San Diego at 3:00 p.m. There is designated parking and a light reception will follow.
The event is sponsored by the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Bishops from all three traditions will be participating. The service both commemorates an historic movement as well as celebrates the gift of strong ecumenical relationships that shape Christianity today, and in particular, the San Diego area. People from all denominations and faiths are welcome. 

Choir Concert - Oct 29 - Riverside, CA


Choir Concert - Oct 29 - San Diego, CA

Play - Oct 31 - Menifee, CA

German Mass - Nov 5 - Claremont (San Gabriel Valley), CA


Reformation 500 in the news

PBS Religion & Ethics story on the Reformation (Feb 2017)

EuroNews coverage of the Joint Commemoration of the Reformation with Bishop Younan (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land) and Pope Francis in Sweden (Oct 2016)