The Reformation: Catholic and Lutheran views

As part of the lead-up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, an ecumenical working party of Lutherans and Catholics has been planning a program of projects and events in order to jointly commemorate the occasion. One project is a series of articles about the significance of the Reformation, written by Lutheran and Catholic authors from around Australia, to be published in both Lutheran and Catholic publications.


The first article, by Pastor Fraser Pearce, is ‘The Reformation – it’s all about Jesus’

Pastor Fraser Pearce is a member of the LCA’s Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations, and the parish senior pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Adelaide.

The second article, by Rev Professor Denis Edwards, is ‘Catholics and Luther – a new perspective’

Reverend Professor Denis Edwards is a Professorial Fellow in Theology at the Australian Catholic University’s School of Theology and Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide resident in the Tranmere parish.

The third article, by Rev Dr Stephen Pietsch, is ‘Why I’m not celebrating the 500th Anniversary’

Reverend Doctor Stephen Pietsch is a lecturer in pastoral theology and homiletics at Australian Lutheran College, North Adelaide.

The fourth article, by Sister Elizabeth Delaney, is ‘Joy in our common faith’

Sister Elizabeth Delaney is a Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict, and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches Australia (NCCA).

The fifth article, by Rev Dr Stephen Hultgren, is ‘Restoring unity in Truth’

Reverend Doctor Stephen Hultgren is a lecturer in New Testament at Australian Lutheran College, and director of the Australian Lutheran Institute for Theology and Ethics (ALITE).

The sixth article, by Ms Geraldine Hawkes, is ‘Re-formation Today’

Geraldine Hawkes is the Ecumenical Facilitator of the South Australian Council fo Churches (SACC) and was the first Catholic to hold the role of Executive Officer of the SACC.


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