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500th anniversary of the Reformation marked in Alberta Legislature

November 2, 2017 No Comment

Dr. Richard Starke (front left) poses with members of Lutheran Church–Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in the Alberta Legislature on October 31, 2017.

EDMONTON – Dr. Richard Starke, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster and member of First Lutheran Church, Lloydminster, made a Member’s Statement in the Alberta Legislature on October 31, 2017 to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

“Five hundred years ago today an unknown German priest in a backwater town wanted to start a discussion,” Dr. Starke explained. “That priest was Martin Luther. Today, I join with my fellow Lutherans worldwide to mark the anniversary of Luther’s courageous act of defiance—an act that triggered the Reformation and changed the course of world history.” Dr. Starke went on to briefly summarize the life story and teachings of the great reformer.

A number of pastors and laypeople from Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) were present in the public gallery as guests of Dr. Starke to witness the statement. LCC representatives included Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer, President of the Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church–Canada, and Rev. Dr. Edwin Lehman, President Emeritus of Lutheran Church–Canada.

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