Annual Topics of the Luther Decade (2008-2017)
In 1508, the monk Martin Luther comes to Wittenberg. In 1517, he publishes his famous 95 theses. The Reformation begins. During the Luther Decade between 2008 and 2017, the Reformation's wide subject range will be taken up and unfolded in annual topics. On the one hand, there will be connections to the historical anniversary years (the 450 anniversary of Melanchthon's death in 2010 or the 500th birthday of Lucas Cranach the Elder in 2015). On the other hand, the Luther Decade ties in with impulses of the Reformation that reach into our own time. For each year, key topics will be found and implemented by means of events, state exhibitions, conferences, meetings and cultural functions.
The thematic focus for 2011 is Reformation and Freedom. Many churches connect this with a "baptism year", because the Reformation claims baptism as the foundation of every freedom.
The other annual topics (2012 "Reformation and Music", 2013 "Reformation and Tolerance", 2014 "Reformation and Politics", 2015 "Reformation – Image and Bible", 2016 "Reformation and One World") mark the width of the reformatory renewal and pose questions to church, politics and society of today.