31 Oct 2017
Special Collections and the Museum of the University of St Andrews will present highlights of the University’s collection of illustrated Reformation books and pamphlets.
A planned lecture series on ‘Luther and the Media’, ‘Luther and the Arts’ and ‘The Theologies of the Reformation’.
St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, together with the Kellie Consort, will record a CD of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Lutheran music, and will perform a concert.
An ecumenical service to mark Reformation Day itself, Tuesday 31st October 2017, at Holy Trinity Church, with participation from the Churches and the University and a sermon delivered by the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams.
St Andrews - Reformation City
2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his '95 Theses Against Indulgences' to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, setting in motion a series of events that led to the permanent splintering of Christendom. The legacy of Luther's Reformation was felt throughout Europe and beyond; it shaped not only German, but also British and American history, and its consequences can still clearly be felt today. St Andrews is the designated Scottish city in a Europe-wide initiative, 'Reformation Cities'. In order to mark the Reformation jubilee, the University of St Andrews has joined with the ecumenical fraternal, representing the town's Churches, to plan a series of events for October 2017.
COMMUNITY OF PROTESTANT CHURCHES IN EUROPE
ACTION OF CHURCHES TOGETHER IN SCOTLAND
On 11 October 2017, the House of Commons sponsored an early day motion congratulating the University of St Andrews’ Reformation Studies Institute on its events. St Andrews is the only place in the UK to be officially designated as a city of the Reformation. The city is considered the birthplace of the Scottish Reformation when Read more about House of Commons Recognises St Andrews 500th Anniversary of the Reformation[…]
On Tuesday evening, 10 October, the St Salvador’s Chapel Choir and the Kellie Consort hosted a concert to launch their new album, Lutersche Leidensmusik, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on 31 October 2017. The performance, directed by Tom Wilkinson and accompanied by organist Sean Heath, included around a dozen pieces, including organ Read more about Luthersche Leidensmusik Concert and Album Launch[…]
On Tuesday 10 October, Professor Andrew Pettegree of the University of St Andrews gave the first lecture in a series designed to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on 31 October 2017. His presentation, held in the University’s Parliament Hall, was on Luther and the Media. Professor Pettegree is an expert on the Read more about Andrew Pettegree on ‘Luther and the Media’[…]
Oxford University Press has just published Bridget Heal’s newest book A Magnificent Faith: Art and Identity in Lutheran Germany. In this comprehensive work, the first of its kind, Heal details the emergence of baroque Lutheran art. Long seen as a religion of the Word, Lutheranism actually embraced a visual faith, which they incorporated into paintings, altars, and Read more about Hot Off the Press: Heal’s ‘A Magnificent Faith’[…]
Scholars at the University of St Andrews are beginning a new project on the pre-Reformation history of St Andrews – formerly the religious capital of Scotland. A key element of the project is the creation of a digital reconstruction of the city as it appeared in the 1550s, shortly before the citizens officially rejected Catholicism Read more about Reconstructing Pre-Reformation St Andrews[…]
The cover story for the March issue of History Today features Bridget Heal’s piece ‘Here I Stand: Martin Luther and the German Reformation.’ Dr Heal, Director of the Reformation Studies Institute at the University of St Andrews, was asked for a contribution to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. She offers an account of Read more about Bridget Heal Featured in History Today[…]
On 3rd November at the University of St Andrews, Professor Alec Ryrie delivered the Reformation Studies Institute’s 2016 Reformation Day Lecture. Ryrie, professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, spoke on ‘Lovers and Brawlers: Protestants and Their Bibles in the (Very) Long Reformation.’ You may listen to his entire address below:
To mark the beginning of the Luther Year, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on 31 October 2017, the New York Times published a piece detailing Martin Luther’s media savviness. Luther’s reformation movement successfully utilized the new technology of the printing press, which had only been invented half a century earlier. No Read more about New York Times Feature[…]
Professor Alec Ryrie will give this year’s public Reformation Day Lecture on 3rd November 2016 in the Arts Lecture Theatre. His paper, entitled ‘Lovers and Brawlers: Protestants and their Bibles In the (Very) Long Reformation’, will begin at 5.15pm, followed by a wine reception. Professor Ryrie is a professor at Durham University in the Department of Read more about Alec Ryrie to give 2016 Reformation Day Lecture[…]
Soon after the announcement of the official events surrounding the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Fife Today published an article broadcasting the programme to the local community. Featuring Dr Bridget Heal, it briefly details the history of the Reformation and the role it played in St Andrews. Read the article in its entirety: ‘Reformation 500th Read more about Fife Today Broadcasts 500th Anniversary Schedule[…]