Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation
Sunday 2 April Lent 5: 3pm ‘The Counter Reformation’
Evensong with Address Jacob Rees-Mogg, Member of Parliament
* Both David and Elizabeth were sponsored for ordination from Wells Cathedral.
500 years ago this year Martin Luther issued his 95 theses and launched the Reformation. The anniversary points us both to a cultural landmark and to a key moment in the life of the Christian Church.
Wells Cathedral will be marking the anniversary with a series of major addresses, a lecture and a seminar.
But this letter comes as a formal invitation to the first and most significant act of commemoration. On Sunday 5 March at 3pm, during Evensong, Dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Bristol will speak about the pre Reformation imagination. There will then be tea, and afterwards David will offer a short lecture on Luther’s achievement as a reformer. David is a Reformation scholar and one of the best speakers in the Church of England.
The anniversary will be marked here ecumenically and positively. In the Reformation struggle there was much to shame the Christian body – but there is much to learn too, together and in friendship.