Annual Topic - 2014
Reformation and Politics
Authority and personal responsibility, faith and power, freedom of conscience and human rights: these are issues of the Reformation that remain with us today and deserve wide discussion in churches and society.
A one-time national holiday, more respect for politicians, and the open dialogue with other religious groups – these requests were voiced during the opening of the new nation-wide theme year of the Luther Decade in Augsburg
The theme year “Reformation and music” has been launched in Augsburg with one of the biggest events so far during the Luther Decade. Around 300 invited guests attended the opening service and the ceremony.
From its very beginning, the Reformation has engaged in an active interplay with politics. State power and God's reign, authority and maturity, obedience and freedom of conscience – both church and society continue to strive for the right balance of these standards and values.
Martin Luther visited Augsburg twice. After his death, in 1555, the Augsburg Religious Peace was forged. On Reformation Day, the new theme year of the Luther Decade, “Reformation and Politics”, will be opened in the city of the Fugger dynasty.