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Martin and Katie Luther

“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 NC Synod Council-appointed task force began their planning in December 2013.

The commemoration and observance will include a variety of opportunities organized under the headings of:  Worship, Education, Service, and Fellowship. We officially began with a collaborative worship service—in partnership with the South Carolina Synod—on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte.

The planning and work of the task force is dynamic, ever-changing, and on-going. If you have suggestions or ideas, please contact task force chair, Sarah Ingle, or call the synod office at 704-633-4861.

A capstone worship is planned for September 23, 2017, in Charlotte with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preaching. Details to follow soon.

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.


For I Am Not Ashamed (Choral & Flute)

Updated: February 22, 2017

For I Am Not Ashamed (Flute only)

Updated: February 22, 2017
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

Signup for R3 Bible Reading Program

Reformers Reading Romans

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.”

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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.


Ever Reforming Coloring Pages

Updated: January 25, 2017

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.


We Say that We Are Lutherans

Updated: April 5, 2017