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[June 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – The Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Edmonton are sponsoring a joint concert to commemorate the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. “With One Voice: Hymns and Choral Works of the Reformation Era” is scheduled for June 11, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton.
“The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,” notes promotional material for the event. “In the past, Reformation anniversaries were often characterized by animosity and discord, especially between Catholics and Lutherans. …

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[May 31, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – Yves Kéler of Bischwiller, France, has been chosen as the winner of Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) French hymn contest celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Kéler’s winning entry is entitled C’est plus qu’un bain pris dans de l’eau.
The contest was organized by LCC’s Comité francophone liturgique, and people from all over the world were invited to submit entries rooted in Martin Luther’s Small Catechism text on baptism.
Kéler receives a $250 prize for the winning entry. The hymn is set to the 19th century melody “Saint Crispin” by George J. …

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[May 18, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Martin Luther wearing a professor's cap

ONLINE – Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS – Edmonton) has announced that its next Quest Course will focus on “Martin Luther’s Road to Reformation, 1483-1521” and be taught by Rev. Dr. John A. Maxfield. The free course is scheduled for Wednesday nights in October 2017, with live-streaming online for those unable to attend in person.
“What better way to celebrate the Reformation 500 anniversary than to learn about the man who started it all?” asks promotional material. “In this course we will examine Martin Luther’s life and the development of his theology …

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[May 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]

Editor’s Note: Kelly Klages has agreed to prepare six pieces of original art for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Each piece of art will be featured on the covers of this year’s issues of The Canadian Lutheran magazine.
In addition, each piece of art is being made available to LCC congregations as a free, downloadable poster. You can print out the posters, along with accompanying artist’s statement, as they become available at www.reformation2017.ca/resources/posters/.
by Kelly Klages
The theme for this second piece of artwork commemorating the …

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[May 9, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Luther burns the papal bull. (Detail from 19th century lithograph by H. Schile, after the original of H. Brüchner.)

by Mathew Block
What began in 1517 as a theological argument over the nature of indulgences quickly kindled to far greater flame. By July 1519, Luther was publicly denying at the Leipzig Debate that the pope (or councils, for that matter) had authority to create new doctrines of faith. Scripture alone, he argued, had that power. He was also defending Jan Huss, who had been burned at the stake in 1415 as a heretic for denying the primacy of the pope, among other supposed errors.
This was enough for John Eck—Luther’s opponent …

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[May 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Rev. Dr. John R. Stephenson will be guest speaker at a 500th Reformation Seminar in Winnipeg this coming weekend. The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is playing host to the event, which takes place May 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Guests are invited to come hear Dr. Stephenson “enlighten us with insights of the Reformation in Martin Luther’s day, as well as how the Reformation still influences us in our day and age!” promotional material for the event explains. Dr. Stephenson is Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia …

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