Reflections on historical and current connections among Lutherans worldwide
In Amsterdam, an exhibition titled "Luther and the World" (Luther & De Wereld) currently offers insight into local Lutheran history and the influence of Dutch Lutherans worldwide. It features relationships in the global Lutheran communion today as much as broaching past historical and colonial developments. The exhibition will be displayed in the Luther Museum Amsterdam until 24 September.
Tonko Grever, the museum's artistic director, had the initial idea for the exhibition. "We were curious to investigate the role of the Dutch Lutheran church in the rest of the world throughout history," in light of the upcoming Thirteenth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) later this year, he said.
Since 1588 there has been a Lutheran church in Amsterdam, founded by German immigrants. Over the centuries, Lutherans migrated from the Netherlands to many other parts of the world and founded new churches on all continents. Due to this history, many Dutch Lutherans have always felt international connectedness.