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      Reformation 500 Inset
      Month-long Series to Commemorate Luther’s Legacy of Free Inquiry, Critical Dialogue, Reform /

      Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary will present a series of events beginning in late September to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Martin Luther’s posting of 95 theses for discussion and debate, which according to tradition he nailed to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, is commemorated as the beginning of the Reformation. While not the first or only reformer, Luther, a university professor, was a catalyst in this movement, which brought sweeping changes to church and society and changed the religious landscape of Europe. Luther championed free inquiry and education, opening a critical dialogue that would change Christianity and its European context.

      Capital will commemorate the Reformation and Luther’s legacy, especially as it relates to Lutheran values in higher education, during a month-long series of lectures, panel discussions, worship opportunities, and music leading up to a day of special commemoration on October 28. Capital will present opportunities to learn about the Reformation and consider its relevance today, while experiencing life, the arts, and culture of 16th century Germany. Following is a schedule of events. All events are free and open to the public, with the exception of Trinity Days.

      Trinity Days 2017
      From Dialogue to Commemoration and Beyond: Catholic-Lutheran Relations after 500 Years

      Featuring Dr. Kathryn L. Johnson and Dr. Susan K. Wood
      September 28-29
      Trinity Lutheran Seminary. 2199 E. Main St., Bexley
      Registration required, and parking is limited.
      Join Trinity Lutheran Seminary for this two-day series of worship, fellowship, lectures and workshops featuring compelling minds, ideas and research in theology. Parking for the event will be limited. Instructions will be provided during registration.

      Dr. Kathryn L. Johnson is director for ecumenical and inter-religious relations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She previously served 30 years on the faculty at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she was professor of historical theology. She also served as assistant general secretary for ecumenical affairs for The Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. She was co-secretary of the international Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity as it produced From Conflict to Communion and a member of the task force for Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist.

      Dr. Susan K. Wood is a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, and a professor of systematic theology at Marquette University, where she earned her doctorate degree. She serves on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue (1994-present) and the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue (2008-present), and she is co-author with Timothy Wengert of A Shared Spiritual Journey: Lutherans and Catholics Traveling toward Unity (Paulist Press, 2016), published in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Dr. Wood is president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

      Workshops include:
      What I Learned While Translating Medieval Latin Commentaries in Coffee Shops with Dr. Joy A. Schroeder
      Why are coffee shops such good places to translate Latin biblical commentaries? What do medieval men and women who interpreted Genesis and Jeremiah have to say to modern preachers? What did Thomas Aquinas have to say about biblical dragons? And why were dragons in the Latin version of Jeremiah in the first place? Dr. Joy Schroeder will share insights from her two volumes in the Bible in Medieval Tradition commentary series (Eerdmans Publishing).

      Could Luther have spearheaded the Reformation without Paul? with Dr. Walter F. Taylor Jr.
      Would Luther have done his reforming work without the Apostle to the nations? Among the topics to be discussed: Luther's use of Paul's writings; Luther's identity with Paul; the use of Paul in Roman Catholic and Protestant churches today.

      Discussion: My So-Called Biblical Life with Dr. Julie Faith Parker and Dr. Mark Allan Powell
      Imagine sending away your precious daughter to be a concubine. Suppose your family’s survival depended on the sacrifice of your brother’s life. Picture Jesus looking you in the eye and telling you to sell everything you own. What would you do? In her new collection of essays titled My So-Called Biblical Life, the Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker translates Biblical scenarios into modern-day settings using bold and rigorous scholarship, translation and character development to bring new life to stories first told in the world best-selling book, the Bible.


      Throughout October
      Blackmore and Hamma libraries will present a display of artifacts, antiquity Bibles and other items from their collections, Rare Book room and archives, including a printing of Luther’s Bible from 1641, a copy of the 1534 original, and a book of legal statutes from Worms in 1507.

      October 2
      Women of the Reformation
      Bridge of Learning, Ruff memorial Learning Center
      A Lecture by Dr. Joy Schroeder, holder of the Bergener Chair in Theology and Religion, which carries a joint appoint at Capital and Trinity Seminary. Schroeder is a prolific scholar and lecturer working in areas of feminism in medieval thought and Old Testament studies.  Sponsored by Embrace

      October 11
      Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World
      7 pm, Huntington Recital Hall
      View the new documentary followed by a panel discussion with Embrace and Religion and Philosophy faculty.

      Martin Luther: Sinner and Saint
      7 to 9 pm, Bexley Public Library
      Dr. Brad Binau, Trinity Lutheran Seminary’s academic dean, discusses the dual nature of Martin Luther.
      October 2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses in protest of widespread corruption in the Catholic Church. Luther’s actions started the Protestant Reformation and caused irrevocable political and religious change in Europe. In the 500 years since Luther’s Theses, many have come to view Luther as saint-like. He was, however, a complicated figure.

      October 14, 8:30 am
      500 and Beyond: Reform Restore Revive Respond
      A Lecture by Bergener Chair in Theology and Religion Dr. Joy Schroeder
      St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 4456 Morse Rd Columbus, OH 43230 This is a day of building relationships and connections among women of all ages. Dr. Joy Schroeder will offer the day’s teachings on Daring Women of the Reformation. This event is jointly sponsored by the Southern Ohio Synod Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

      October 28
      1 to 5 pm – Capital’s Reformation 500 Celebration
      Capital’s front lawn (Renner Lawn) and Kerns Religious Life Center
      Student and Community Engagement will present Capital’s Reformation 500 Celebration, a Renaissance/Oktoberfest-themed exploration of life, learning, art, performance, food and culture of 16th century Germany, a central setting of the Lutheran Reformation. The event is free and open to the public, with food available for purchase throughout the event.

      7:30 pm – Capital’s Conservatory of Music Presents the Reformation 500 Celebration Concert Featuring Capital’s majestic tradition of choral excellence and instrumental precision, the concert will feature Chapel Choir, choir alumni, Choral Union, Women’s Chorus, The Chordsmen and Philomel, along with performances by Symphonic Winds and Organist Chad Baker on the Paul W. and Ella D. Hugus Memorial Pipe Organ. The Hugus Pipe organ is a 70-rank pipe organ with a three-manual drawknob console on a moveable platform; a one-manual portative keydesk; and 4,081 pipes.

      Presenting a balance of long-celebrated and new arrangements, Capital’s Conservatory will commemorate the occasion with a combined choral performance, under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler, of internationally renowned composer Dan Forrest’s new arrangement of A Mighty Fortress, EIN FESTE BURG, for the 500th anniversary (2017) of the Reformation. The setting opens and closes with the blows of Luther’s hammer ringing through history; the piece itself works its way through Luther’s original Renaissance setting, Bach’s famous harmonization, and more modern treatment which nevertheless draws from Luther’s original melody and rhythms.

      In addition, Chapel Choir will perform Ancient Words, arranged by Craig Courtney, and with Chapel Choir alumni perform Carl F. Mueller’s a cappella arrangement of A Mighty Fortress, an arrangement he composed for and dedicated to the Chapel Choir and its founder Ellis Snyder in 1937.

      Capital University Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Jeff Gershman, will present All Creatures of Our God and King, followed by Baker’s performance of Max Reger’s Ein Fest Burg is unser Gott Op. 27.

      In the final selection, choirs will join with the audience in singing Vaughan Williams’ The Old One Hundredth Psalm Tune, scored for choir, symphonic winds and audience.

      Special invitation for Chapel Choir alumni:
      Capital University Chapel Choir alumni are invited to a “skull session” on Friday evening, October 27, to rehearse Carl F. Mueller’s a cappella arrangement of A Mighty Fortress, which was composed for and dedicated to the Chapel Choir and its founder Ellis Snyder in 1937. Time and location TBD—stay tuned for more details! Alumni singers who are available will then join in performing this arrangement as part of the Capital University Conservatory of Music’s Reformation 500 Celebration Concert on October 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Mees Hall.