Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DWST to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and 500 years of Lutheran Reformation

To celebrate the Week for Prayer for Christian Unity (21-29 Jan 2017) and the 500 Years of the Lutheran Reformation, DWST and DWIMS with the T2 Class will hold a symposium on "Ecumenical Dialogue and Communion" on January 21, 2017 starting at 8:00 am to 12 noon. For more information, please contact the DWST Dean's Office:0999-373-5606.

As we all know, this year 2017 marks the 500 years of the Protestant Reformation.  It was in 1517 when Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral in Germany. That was a simple act—with an honest intention to point out and correct the abuses of the Church, but it triggered a religious and political tsunami that would soon inundate Europe and beyond for five centuries. Reform came but in the most adverse way: the Church was divided and Europe suffered decades of religious wars.  It was not the best of time to say the least for Christians whom Jesus called to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” It was only some decades ago that major steps were taken to heal the wounds of division.  Just last year, Pope Francis took the bold step to fly to Sweden to join the start of a year-long commemoration of the quincentenary of the Reformation.  In the heartland of Protestant Reformation, Catholic and Lutheran leaders issued a joint statement which concluded with these words: “Rooted in Christ and witnessing to him, we renew our determination to be faithful heralds of God’s boundless love for all humanity.”