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Required reading in preparation for planning local observances of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation --  From Conflict to Communion. Report of the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity . . .

Produced by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Diocese of Greensburg, the Byzantine Catholic Church Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod ELCA, the study guide is the best resource for engaging groups at various levels in conversation around From Conflict to Communion. Available here as a free download . . . 

Sermon preached by Dr. Kathryn JohnsonDirector for ELCA Ecumenical Inter-Religious Relations, at a common prayer service of Catholics and Lutherans in Des Moines, IA on November 6, 2016.

Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist is a declaration of the consensus achieved by Lutherans and Catholics on the topics of church, ministry and Eucharist as the result of ecumenical dialogue between the two communions since 1965.

A study guide for Declaration on the Way is available as a free download from Augsburg Fortress.

Commemoration Events

Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Kansas City, MO - September 29, 2017

New Mexico Conference of Churches
One Body--Many Members, One Spirit--Many Gifts
A Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
St. John's United Methodist Church
Albuquerque, NM - October 29, 2017
Common Prayer Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church/St. John Lutheran Church
Eau Claire, WI - October 29, 2017
Lutheran-Catholic Joint Commemoration 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
October 29, 2017
"Looking Back and Called Forward"
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Washington, D.C. - October 31, 2017
Worship Service on Reformation Sunday
Washington National Cathedral
Washington, D.C. - October 29, 2017
"Listening for Peace: A Unity of Christians in Prayer"
  • See the bulletin from this service at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, KS, featuring reflections by a Methodist, a Baptist, and a Presbyterian


  1. Online friends:
    Online friends ,
    Here is a link to an article I wrote about the “end” of the Reformation. It ran in The Record, a daily newspaper in Hackensack, New Jersey, Oct. 22.
    Charles Austin, former journalist, retired ELCA pastor


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Reformation 500 Commemoration Events

We are now posting sermons and bulletins from Reformation 500 commemoration services and events in the Reformation 500+ section above. If you have a sermon manuscript, a bulletin, or other material that you would like to share, email it to me at Let us see what you did and inspire us with your witness to Christian unity!

With thanks,

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