The Salvadoran cross painted for the joint ecumenical commemoration in Lund, Sweden will be at the center of the commemoration service in Namibia as well. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux

Ongoing Reformation

Why are the ideas that sparked the Reformation in the 16th century relevant and vital for the life of our churches today?

As a global communion of Lutheran member churches and World Service country programs, we celebrated the 500thanniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Together with our Catholic sisters and brothers, we rejoiced in the gifts of renewal that the Reformers brought into the life and mission of the church. Together, we asked forgiveness for the suffering and divisions that followed in the wake of that renewal movement. Together, we pledged ourselves to the urgent tasks of reconciliation, service and shared Christian witness to the world.

In marking that anniversary, we affirmed three key principles which shape our work for the coming years:

  • the Reformation is a global citizen
  • the Reformation requires ecumenical accountability
  • the Reformation is ongoing

Here, you can find resources and sharable materials exploring ways in which we seek to put those principles into practice in our diverse cultures and contexts.