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Luther2017 on the German Evangelical Church Congress
The Luther Decade will be represented on the German Evangelical Church Congress in Hamburg. Both tourist facilities and institutions of the church provide a varied perspective on the coming theme years of the Luther Decade and the Reformation anniversary in 2017.
God's mercy is not for sale - Protestants and money
Interest, usury, selling of indulgences: without the question about an ethical use of money, Reformation history would have been different. Martin Luthers 95 theses from 1517 are also to be understood before the background of the economic development during the 16th century.
"By the way, I was born in Eisleben" - Martin Luther's birthday
The Reformer's parents only lived in Eisleben temporarily, but on November 10th, 1483, their first child, Martin, was born there. "By the way, I was born in Eisleben and was also baptised there in St. Peter", wrote Martin Luther in 1520 to his friend Spalatin. "No other city knows me better than this one."
Theme year 2013 - Reformation and Tolerance
"Here I stand, I can do no other ..." This sentence, attributed to Luther, summarises the Reformer's claim of having a standpoint against all authorities and principles of his time. Not always did he concede this freedom to others.
"Luther archaeology” - excavating the traces of the Reformation
With gentle brush strokes, archaeologists unearth the physical traces of history. The finds enlighten the unknown worlds of a period's everyday life, which do not have a place in historical record. Sometimes, rather unspectacular jigsaw puzzle pieces recount the enormous influence of the Reformation on the everyday culture of the people in the 16th century.
On the Luther Way: Reformation history, experienced on foot
Step by step, far from the busy roads, the sites of the Reformation along the Luther Way in Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia or Saxony can be explored. The routes lead to churches, the homes and the workplaces or the Reformers. Biographical stations of Johann Sebastian Bach or Paul Gerhardt can also be found along the way give examples for the reception history. Those who set out in the tradition of pilgrimage experience the traces of the Reformation beyond what can be found in history books.
"The highlight of the series is its variety"
For half a year, the musical relay has been wandering through the country: every day a concert, every day a different location, different songs in different arrangements. The concert series "366+1, the church resounds 2012" presents songs of the Reformation, performed by thousands of musicians, from the Bodensee to the Baltic Sea. Halfway through the nation-wide concert series, it is now time for impressions and an interim assessment
The most famous clergyman's wife of the world: Katharina von Bora
Today we would say: the wife of the Reformer wears the breeches. This is why Martin Luther called her his "Herr Katie". She continues to be an inspiration as a clever and energetic woman, who did not shy away from arguments. Every year, the city of Torgau appoints a woman as "Katharina ambassador" for her outstanding commitment.
Around half the globe to the "Theses door"
They want to see where the Reformer has lived, get goose bumps at Luther's grave and belt out "A Mighty Fortress is our God" in front of the "Theses door" in Wittenberg. For tourists from both Germany and abroad, the sites of the Reformation in Germany are destinations that create strong emotions.
New "Centre of Baptism" in the church where Luther was baptised in Eisleben
Next to the baptismal font, which was reconstructed according to the style of Luther's time, a large modern font has been integrated into the floor. In the newly renovated Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Eisleben, where Luther was baptised, the architectural concept emphasises the different aspects of baptism during the course of the centuries. After more than one year of renovation and redesign, the church is re-opened as a "Centre of Baptism". The opening program will last for several days; its highlight is a festive church service on April 29th with the former chairwoman of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Margot Käßmann.