Martin Luther and the Renewal of the Church: Protestant and Catholic Perspectives
Please join us on June 1st for a lecture and discussion on possibilities for ecumenical cooperation 500 years after Luther
500 years after the Reformation, the Catholic Church and Evangelical Church in Germany claim similar memberships. Their ecumenical cooperation has become commonplace in many locations. Still, the two churches remain divided by differing self-conceptions.
Two German theologians will highlight where the differences and commonalities can be found: Dr. Dorothea Wendebourg of the Evangelical Church in Germany will illustrate the understanding of the Church advanced by Martin Luther. Dr. Johanna Rahner of the Catholic Church will show how the Reformation transformed the Catholic Church as well.
Is further rapprochement possible? What possibilities and perspectives exist for ecumenical theology 500 years after the churches’ split? The two speakers will discuss these questions with Dr. Christian Bock of the German-speaking Catholic Mission Washington, D.C. and Dr. Olaf Wassmuth of the German Lutheran Church Washington, D.C.
Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wendebourg is one of the most prominent historians of the Reformation in Germany. She is Evangelical Professor of Church History at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and a member of the Advisory Board of the Reformation Anniversary.
Prof. Dr. Johanna Rahner is Catholic Professor of Fundamental Theology and ecumenical Christianity and currently Dean of the Catholic Theological Faculty of the Universität Tübingen. She is a Catholic member of the Advisory Board of the Reformation Anniversary.
This event, held in English, is presented by the German-speaking church congregations of Washington, D.C. in cooperation with the German Embassy Washington.
Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
4645 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
*Limited seating. RSVPs, accepted until May 30, will be confirmed in the order they are received.
*Please bring photo ID. Doors open at 6:30 pm - Please allow time for the mandatory security screening process required to enter Embassy grounds.
*Street parking available.