'The Reformation of Everything'

Registration open for 'Liberating Grace: The Power of Reformation in the World Today'

Luther College is commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with "The Reformation of Everything," a series of events throughout 2017, and extends an invitation to the upcoming conference, "Liberating Grace: The Power of Reformation in the World Today," Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1.

The conference explores the Reformation's continuing impact on the church as it interacts with the wider world and features keynote speakers The Reverend Nadia Bolz-Weber, ELCA pastor and best-selling author, and Ralston Deffenbaugh, assistant general secretary for international affairs and human rights for the Lutheran World Federation based in Geneva, Switzerland. In conjunction with the conference the Luther College Music Department will perform Bach's Mass in B minor, and the Reformation art exhibit "Before the Foundations" will be on display.

Register for the conference online at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected], open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Along with keynote speakers, the Liberating Grace conference also features a number of workshops and seminars on a broad variety of topics such as how those connected with the college have influenced the world through their vocation, scholarship and volunteerism; the greening of the church; and the impact of the Reformation on church music.

Bolz-Weber headlines the conference Friday evening, exploring how the Reformation continues to enliven the work of the church today. On Saturday Deffenbaugh will address the refugee and world migration crisis, and how the church is responding.

Saturday evening, Luther College's Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform Bach's Mass in B minor in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The weekend will conclude with a festival worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 2, also in the CFL Main Hall.

Richard "Skip" McKinstry's "Before the Foundations" exhibit will be on display in the Center for Faith and Life on the Second Floor Gallery beginning Thursday, March 30. The exhibit features a series of images on paper that explore the considered cost of creation, the loss of innocence, free will and God's sovereignty and redemption. Says McKinstry, "I believe that art, like people, provides little…insights into the nature of God." The exhibit, on display through May 21, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

At the core of the Reformation stood Martin Luther's conviction that human beings did not earn salvation by doing good works, but that eternal life is freely given through faith. Since Luther posted his 95 theses, this knowledge has provided humanity the freedom to explore new interpretations of the Bible, and has led to individualism, freedom of religion, freedom of thought and the expansion of public discourse.

For a full schedule of events associated with "The Reformation of Everything," visit: http://www.luther.edu/reformation-2017/.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150 Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.