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Bruton Fall Lecture Series: The Reformation: Its Legacy Today

October 4, 11, 18 & 25
Just over 500 years ago events in Europe reshaped Western Christianity as it was previously known and practiced. Those events have come to be known as “The Reformation”  Actually there were four major reformation movements: German (Lutheran), Swiss (Calvinist), English (Anglican), and Roman Catholic (Council of Trent).  
    The Fall Lecture Series will address these events and attempt to discern where we are as Reformation-legacy Christians today. The program will consist of three sessions (October 4,11,18) covering the 16th century Reformation events. These will be presented by the Rev’d Dr. James Cobb, a Lutheran Pastor, and Professor Alexander Angelov of the Religious Studies Department of the College of William and Mary.  
    It will close on the fourth and final week (October 25) with a panel discussion moderated by the above speakers. The panel will focus on the question of where we are today as Christian communities living out Christ’s prayer “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21a).
    The talks will be geared to help us understand within each movement what was kept, what was added, what was removed, what was modified. This should help us to understand the genesis of the current differences (and yet similarities) which we experience today in our Christian communities.  Hopefully reflection on these events will help us all see what is central among all the movements and hence the basis of our Christianity unity.
    Please keep watch for additional news about the series in upcoming communications.  Now that the dates have been set, please think about inviting friends and neighbors to the Parish House for coffee at 6:30pm, followed by the programs at 7pm.
Last Published: May 25, 2018 9:27 AM