Saturday April 9, 2016


There are a number of events planned for October 2017, culminating in the 500th Anniversary of the posting of Luther’s ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ on 31 October. Additional details will be added as they come available.

Public Lectures

10 October 2017: ‘Luther and the Media’

  • Lecturer: Professor Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews (staff profile |
    (To be followed by the Luthersche Leidensmusik CD Launch Concert, see below)
  • Details: 5.30 in Parliament Hall, South Street.
  • Abstract: When Martin Luther made his protest against indulgences in 1517 he was a little-known professor at one of Germany’s newest universities.  Nothing in his career to this point could have prepared him for the media storm that erupted around him. Yet within five years Luther was the most published author in the history of Christendom.  In this presentation Andrew Pettegree explores how Luther effected this transformation, in the process re-shaping both theological debate and the still young printing industry. Close attention to the mechanics of the print trade and questions of design were essential to the success of what became the Protestant movement.

17 October 2017: ‘The Theologies of the Reformation’

  • Lecturer: Professor Mark Elliott, University of St Andrews (staff profile | Twitter |
  • Details: 5.30 in Parliament Hall, South Street.
  • Abstract: We tend to think of the Reformation in terms of personalities, of cheeky yet justifiable disrespect to religious authorities, the ushering in of ‘Modernity’ and its liberal political systems somehow brokered by fanatics, even of the Reformation as a footnote to the Renaissance. In all that excitement it might spoil things to hear that the Reformation had something to do with theology. How much worse than to learn that the Reformation was less a monolithic movement with one theology than an intermeshing constellation of theological positions on a variety of topics, often overlapping, often competing?  The Reformation was about a number of things, but first among these for the average Reformer was who God was in Jesus Christ and what that might mean for human beings. Along with the normal amount of all-too-human ambition and distemper, there is analysis and wisdom of unique kind and value.

24 October 2017:  ‘Luther and the Arts’

  • Lecturer: Dr Bridget Heal, University of St Andrews (staff profile | Twitter |
  • Details: 5.30 in Parliament Hall, South Street.
  • Abstract: The Protestant Reformation is often associated with iconoclasm, with the widespread destruction of religious images. Indeed, St Andrews itself provides plenty of evidence of the impact that reform might have on the physical environment of worship. In Lutheran Germany, however, Protestants not only preserved medieval images; they also developed their own rich visual culture. Lutheranism became a visually magnificent faith, a faith whose adherents sought to capture Christians’ hearts and minds through seeing as well as through hearing. This presentation will explore the impact of Martin Luther’s Reformation on the visual arts, and will consider the ways in which images were used to articulate Lutheran identity into the eighteenth century.

30 October 2017: ‘The Strange Death of Protestant Britain?’

  • Lecturer: Professor Ian Bradley (staff profile)
  • Details: 5.30, Lecture in School III, followed by a wine reception.
  • Abstract: Protestantism has defined British identity, culture and institutions for over 450 years – but to what extent does it still have any resonance or relevance in Britain today? On the eve of the day commemorating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, and starting here in St Andrews, the United Kingdom’s only designated Reformation city, Ian Bradley explores the physical, cultural, religious and political legacy of Protestantism and the extent to which it has been eroded and disappeared.



Key Reformation works from the University Library’s Special Collections are currently on display at Museum of the University of St Andrews, including a wonderful hand-coloured Luther Bible from 1589.

Luthersche Leidensmusik CD Launch Concert

St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, together with the Kellie Consort, will launch their album of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Lutheran music.

  • When: 8.00 pm, Tuesday 10 October 2017
  • Where: St Salvator’s Chapel
  • Details: Tickets on the door. For more information, please visit the chapel choir’s website.


Oct 31 Ecumenical Service

  • Where: Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews
  • When: 5.30 pm
  • Further Details: To be followed by a reception in Lower College Hall.

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. For information on the service please contact Rev Donald MacEwan at


Radio 4 Broadcast

  • Details: 22 October at 7.45 am in St Salvator’s Chapel

Live broadcast of Sunday Worship on Radio 4 from St Salvator’s Chapel, on the theme of the Reformation’s influence in Scotland particularly St Andrews.  All are welcome to attend – please be seated by 7.45 am.


St Andrews Voices Service with Bach Cantata 150

  • Details: 29 October at 11.00 am in St Salvator’s Chapel


Digital Reconstruction of Mediaeval St Andrews Demonstration

  • Details: 29 October at 2.00 pm at MUSA


 St Andrews Reformation Walking Tour

  • Details: Meet at 2.45 pm by the front entrance of MUSA

A tour of the sites associated with the early Reformation in St Andrews



Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

Holy Trinity Church, location of the 31 October Ecumenical Service