Unlike many Protestant churches, the Episcopal Church does not celebrate “Reformation Sunday” at the end of October each year—but we are making an exception this year, for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the castle door in Wittenberg, Germany. This Sunday, we will welcome Dr. Christine Helmer to Grace Discussion Group this Sunday, to speak about Martin Luther and Modernity. On All Saints Sunday, November 5, we will welcome Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett to GDG and as preacher at 10:30, to speak about the English Reformation and its ongoing influence on our Episcopal liturgy. Finally, our Lessons and Carols service this Advent (December 18) will feature European music from the Reformation/early modern era, and we will include readings from several Reformers alongside the scriptural readings.
If you’d like a quick and clear read reflecting on the Reformation from an Episcopal/Anglican reflection, click here.
There is the Reformation, and then there is the ongoing, daily lower-case reformation that all Christian communities must undergo if they are to be faithful to Christ’s mission in a changing world. This morning I came across this article, about an Episcopal parish in Maine that is engaged in “reformation” work in order to extend its ministry further out into the community, and make its facility a resource for many different kinds of community members. With all the bad news out there, here’s some good news! This, by the way, is the parish that our former rector Jim McAlpine attends in retirement.