“Reformation 500” in the NC Synod is a partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Commemoration of the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary.

The work of the task force was dynamic and exciting, and covered the span of three years. If you have questions please contact the synod office at 704-633-4861.

Many of the fruits of their labors are noted here.

Two worship services were held in commemoration:

The Anniversary Service – Sept. 23, 2017
Covenant Presbyterian, Charlotte

Catholic News Herald story
Event Photos on Flickr – courtesy SC Synod
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton sermon on YouTube
Choral piece by the Rev. Dr. Paul Weber

A Celebration of Common Prayer:
From Conflict to Communion
Lutheran/Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation – Oct. 27, 2017

Article from Catholic News Herald on the service

The Reformation 500 Task Force is happy to share a new choral piece by Dr. Paul Weber with your congregation. It is a setting of Romans 1:16-17 and includes a verse of Martin Luther’s first Christ-hymn, “Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice!”  The anthem, “For I Am Not Ashamed,” is available below for download in two formats: choral and flute, and flute alone.

Additional Resources
The Luther Reading Challenge
ELCA News Story "ELCA looks ahead to 500th anniversary..."
ELCA Reformation 500
Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017
Congregational Projects

What happened in the Reformation?

“When Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” or “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years.”

Ever-Reforming: A Reformation 500 Cross-Generational Study is a curriculum with 44 weeks of study to be used with adults and youth. In addition to the curriculum, corresponding coloring pages are also available for download–one per session.

As an addition to the study, consider using Dr. Julius Carroll’s article “We Say that We Are Lutherans” to include the story of U.S. Virgin Islanders and Other African Americans within the ELCA. Dr. Carroll has retired to the NC Synod.