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The Protestant Reformation at 500

Oct 16, 2017

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach der Ältere, painted in 1528
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Five hundred years ago this month, the German monk Martin Luther challenged the practices of the Roman Catholic church, sparking the Protestant Reformation and shaping how Christians think and worship.

Bishop Denis Madden, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Rev. Mark Hanson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, describe the dialogue aimed at reuniting their denominations.

And we speak to Yu Na Han, who curated an exhibit at the Walters Art Museum about Luther’s life as father, friend, and husband.

On October 29th, the Sunday before the actual anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, several hundred Lutherans are expected to gather at a “Reformation Celebration” at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Ingleside Avenue in Catonsville. The worship service at 4 p.m. will include several choirs and original music and will be followed by a multi-ethnic dinner reflecting the cuisines of Pakistani, Liberian, Ethiopian and Hispanic Lutherans.