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Reformation Quincentenary 1517–2017 – Theological Symposium


Luther 500A Theological Symposium marking the quincentenary of the Reformation takes place in Trinity College Dublin on February 17 and 18. The symposium is a collaborative initiative which involves: The Lutheran Church in Ireland and the School of Religions, Peace Studies & Theology, the School of Histories & Humanities, the Department of Physics, Trinity College Dublin.

Archbishop Michael Jackson will give an address at the opening ceremony which takes place in Trinity College Chapel and the Front Square at 4.00 pm on Friday February 17. This includes the opening of the Reformation Installation – a travelling exhibition which is visiting 67 European cities offering the opportunity to explore Reformation stories and share thoughts and stories about the Reformation to travel on to Wittenberg.

The full programme is:

Friday 17 February

16.00 Chapel and Front Square:?Opening of the “Reformation Installation”

17.00–19.00 Arts Building, Synge Theatre, Symposium, Part I: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal 5:1)

Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin, Church History, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Tuebingen/Germany: ‘Mysticism, the Reformation and the Freedom of a Christian’

Prof. Dr. Gunda Werner, Dogmatic Theology, Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Tuebingen/Germany: ‘Love, Freedom and Guilt – Differences between Christian Traditions in Thinking the Relationship between Divine and Human Freedom’

Prof. Dr. Kajsa Ahlstrand, Department of Theology, Church and Mission, University of Uppsala/Sweden: ‘Is it all about Freedom? How Disobedience Became a Virtue (even) for Lutherans’

Chair: Prof. Graeme Murdoch, School of Histories and Humanities, TCD

19.00 Reception hosted by the German Embassy (Dining Hall)

20.00–20.30 Choral Music of the Reformation Goethe Institute Choir (Dining Hall)

Saturday 18 February

10.00–13.00 Arts Building, Synge Theatre, Symposium, Part II:

“The Legacy of the Reformation”

Prof. Dr. Martin Meiser, New Testament, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Saarbru?cken/Germany: ‘Luther’s Legacy for Pauline Studies in Modern Debate’

Prof. Ruth Whelan, DEA, Ph.D., MRIA, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Acade?miques, Professor of French, Dept. of French, School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Maynooth University: ‘Challenging Memories: the Reformation in France and the Huguenots in Ireland’

Prof. Salvador Ryan, Church History, St. Patrick’s College Maynooth:

‘What did Luther ever do for the Reformations in Ireland?’

Coffee Break

Discussion with the speakers from Friday and Saturday and the participants

Chair: Dr Gesa Thiessen, St Finian’s Lutheran Church/Dept. of Religions & Theology, TCD

19.00 Concert with the Resurgam Choir in College Chapel

Date: 2017-02-17
Start: Various events throughout the weekend
Cost: N/A
Venue: Trinity College Dublin

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