With Words, Art and Music, Concordia Marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

With Words, Art and Music, Concordia Marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

October 31st, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This call by a little-known professor and monk to reform the Western Church began a social and religious movement destined to change the world forever.  

Concordia College, a Christian school in the Lutheran tradition, has made Reformation the theme of our 2017/2018 academic year. The ideals of the movement inspired the college’s various departments to offer something for every interest.  

Be a part of history and join us at one of our upcoming Fall events! All events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

Concordia Reformation Events Fall Calendar


Martin Luther & The Reformation: The Man • The Message • The Machinery
Exhibition at the OSilas Gallery

OSilas Gallery exhibition featuring important works of art that illuminated and propelled the Reformation, as well as texts
and machinery that aided in the rapid spread of Luther’s ideas including art lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

(visit osilasgallery.org for gallery hours)


9/25 Reformation Commemoration Symposium

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion featuring theological experts from the Lutheran and Catholic faiths as they reflect on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Sponsored jointly by the Theology Departments at Concordia College and Fordham University, in cooperation with the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau and American Magazine, the two-night event will be held on September 25-26. Concordia will host the first night’s panel discussion on “500 Years of Reformation, Where Are We Now” from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in Sommer Center, with two Roman Catholics and two Lutherans (Rev. Dr. Mark Granquist, Luther Seminary and Rev. Dr. Richard Johnson, Editor, Forum Letter) followed by Evening Prayer according to the Lutheran Tradition (and showcasing Concordia’s music program). The second night’s panel discussion will be hosted by Fordham University, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, University Church, and will follow the same format (Lutheran Panelists Rev. Dr. Leopoldo Sanchez, Concordia Seminary, and Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church). The panel discussion will be focused on “500 Years of Reformation, Where Do We Go From Here” and close with Evening Prayer according to the Roman Catholic Tradition.

6pm | Sommer Center

9/27 OSilas Gallery Talk / Seeing the Faith: Martin Luther and the Multi-Media Message of the Reformation

Lecture by Rev. Dr. Joshua Hollmann, Chair of the Theology Department and Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia.

7 pm | $ Tickets Required | OSilas Gallery  


10/2 Reforming You

A panel discussion focusing on self-discovery and wellness as it relates to mind, body and spirit featuring Stephanie Filardi, Co-founder, Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary; Rochelle Rice, Founder and CEO, Empowering Lives Through Movement, and Deaconess Lindsay Fertig-Johnson.  Moderated by Erika Rexhouse, Director of the Wellness Center and Susan Crane, RN, Director of Health Services.

7pm | Sommer Center

10/13 Business Breakfast | Building a Movement from the Ground Up

Katie Hood is the CEO of the One Love Foundation, a non-profit working to build a national movement to end relationship abuse. The foundation was created to honor Yeardley Love, a UVA senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend in 2010. One Love exists because Yeardley was killed and her death was avoidable if anyone – including her – had understood the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Since launching its national educational efforts in 2015, One Love has reached over 135k students with its educational workshop, Escalation, and over 60 million people through its #ThatsNotLove digital campaign. Learn from Katie what it means to build a non-profit start up, and a movement, from the ground up.

7am | Pietruski Auditorium

10/14 The 500 Year Story of the Protestant Reformation: The Call to Reform

You are invited to enjoy a historical exhibit which highlights significant people, places and events of the Protestant Reformation.

10am - 4pm | Sommer Center Lobby

10/19 OSilas Gallery Talk | Martin Luther and the Power of the Image

Lecture by Dr. Charles T. Little, Curator Emeritus of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

7 pm | $ Tickets Required | OSilas Gallery

10/21 Hoch Chamber Music Series | A Night of Reformation

Presented by the Concordia Conservatory.

7 pm | $ Tickets Required | Sommer Center 

10/31 Morning Reflections

Please join us for a special service on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

10:30am | Sommer Center


11/1 Jacobson Lecture | Semper Reformanda: Church and Spirit in an Unjust World | An evening with Heath W. Carter, PhD

The Reformation notion that the church must always be reformed (ecclesia semper reformanda est) remains as relevant as ever. Dr. Carter will address how believers from across the globe have transformed both church and society.

7 pm | Registration Required | Sommer Center 

11/5 Concerts at the OSilas | Rebellion Music of the Reformation

Presented by the Concordia Conservatory.

3 pm | $ Tickets Required | OSilas Gallery