Women move the church – since Luther's time

Women were soon enthusiastic about the ideas of the Reformation. For them, the priesthood of all who were baptised became the basis and justification for becoming active in the movement. When the Reformation anniversary is celebrated in 2017, it is also about 500 years of inspiring ideas by women Protestants.

Very soon women were enthusiastic about the ideas of the Reformation. The priesthood of all who were baptised, as Martin Luther understood it, was for them the basis and justification for becoming active in the movement. When the Reformation anniversary will be celebrated in 2017, it is also about 500 years of inspiring ideas by women Protestants..

Intelligent and courageous women like Argula von Grumbach or the Duchess Elisabeth von Braunschweig-Lüneburg campaigned for the followers of Luther and their criticism of the papal church. Until today, women influence and shape the church – not only, but also in official positions, as pastors or bishops.

And the emancipatory energy of the ideas of the Reformation has not yet been exhausted. During the Luther Decade, women began the debate about the future of the church and religion. Beginning with Women's Meals, which were held at different locations, they want to initiate a broad democratic process of opinion making, amongst women as well as beyond their circles.

(picture: Andrys)