Luther-Decade - Annual Theme 2017
Theme year - Trust in God
On October 31, in 1517, Martin Luther published his 95 theses on the abusive Power and Efficacy of Indulgences. Luther’s famous posting of his theses on the door of the Wittenberg all Saints’ Church were the prelude to the Reformation, one of the central events in European history. Its religious, social, political and cultural affects gained historical importance globally. The Reformation encouraged the development of an image of humanity that was based on a new Christian concept of freedom and significantly influenced enlightenment and basic human rights, just like modern democracy. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German was essential for the growth of a uniform written German language and allowed access to education for a vast part of population that had had no access to it before.
On October 31, 2017, the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of his theses will be celebrated with a lot of special events. For an appropriate preparation and introduction to the 500th anniversary, the Luther decade was initiated. From 2008 to 2017, anyone interested in retracing Luther's steps has been invited to come to diverse events and unique travel opportunities to search for traces in authentic venues of the Reformation.
The wide spectrum of themes of the Reformation is featured over the course of 10 years each addressing a significant subject. The themes are constructed in such a way that visitors to the events can delve into the Reformation itself and also its significance in modern times in order to show the influence of the Reformation on education, music, art and language, as well as politics, tolerance and the understanding of freedom.
The German Evangelical Church Day and the World Exhibition on the Reformation in Wittenberg will form highlights of the anniversary. Numerous exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events are going to take place in an around Wittenberg in order to inform about and remind of Luther and the Reformation.