Reformation: 500th Anniversary year

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk teaching at the University of Wittenberg, posted 95 Theses for debate on the door of the village church. Luther called for the reform of abuses and corruption he had witnessed. No one expected the breadth of change in Christian teaching and practice that followed.

We will be taking time in 2017 to reflect on the impact and importance of Luther’s action. Occasional Wrestlers Sunday School classes, a 15-week Reformation church history class taught by R.V. Seep in the fall, plus special events and a conference this November in partnership with The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, will all focus on the Reformation. 
Romans and the Reformation
February 11, 18, 25 & March 4, 9:30 a.m.–Noon
Teachers: Rev. James Cubie (Leesburg Presbyterian) and Dr. Jon Wood (GWU)
St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans stood at the center of the Reformation. Luther and Calvin, and many others, relied on it as they cultivated new ways to talk about the Gospel. Romans also formed a lasting influence within Western Christianity. Recently, interpretations of Paul have raised serious challenges to the Reformers’ interpretations, so much so that some wonder if or how the Reformation readings remain relevant today. We read Paul’s letter afresh, and considered how Romans may best be understood in the church for our time.
Wrestler's Sunday School Class
Sunday, February 26, 9:3010:30 a.m.,  Agencies Building Lower Level
Dr. Ward Holder, Professor of Theology at St. Anselm College presented “What does Calvin have to do with Luther?”
Wrestler's Sunday School Class
Sunday, March 5, 9:3010:30 a.m.,  Agencies Building Lower Level
Dr. Quinn Fox, NPC Associate Pastor for Discipleship, gave a Reformation presentation. 
Wrestler's Sunday School Class
Sunday, March 19, 9:3010:30 a.m.,  Agencies Building Lower Level
Hugh Welchel, Director of The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics presented: “The Forgotten Pillar of the Reformation."
Leanna Van DykDoes Christian Unity Matter Anymore?
June 10, 10 a.m.Noon
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, McLean, VA  22101
Divisions remain long after the Reformation. Some say that the Christian world is more divided today than ever  others claim that we are living in a "post confessional" age and the time has passed when such divisions matter. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and Professor of Theology will explore questions of denominational and confessional differences, and if they matter in today's world. More information.
The Difference the Protestant Reformation Made in Christian Worship
September 23
Dr. Elsie McKee will present.
After All These Years: Reformed and Roman Catholic Perspectives on the Reformations of the 16th Century
November 18–19, National Presbyterian Church

Join us as we hear and interact with two important church historians on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Dr. Bruce Gordon (Yale Divinity School) and Dr. Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame) will lead us in a critical exploration and reflection on the impact of the Reformation and all that has ensued. We hope you will make plans to attend this “once every five centuries” event, organized by The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington.
Approximate cost: $99 and will include several meals.