The Reformation at 500
A Community Celebration
Simpson University invites the community to join students, faculty and staff for a four-day commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
“The Reformation at 500: A Community Celebration” will take place Oct. 25-28 and include academic lecture and discussion, community worship, and the performing arts.1
During the past year many church-related universities have been hosting special events to remember afresh the enduring cultural and religious heritage of the Protestant Reformation. Historians often date the Reformation movement to 31 October 1517, when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, inviting a public debate on certain church practices.
“As a Christian university in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Simpson has a special interest in remembering the broad legacy of the Reformation, and we are pleased to be able to extend an open invitation to our Redding community to share in this celebration,” said Dr. Craig Slane, professor of systematic theology.
Free events include chapel services at 10:20 a.m. Oct. 25 and 27 (Wednesday and Friday) inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center; and a 7 p.m. Oct. 26 (Thursday) lecture and discussion inside LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204.
Featured speakers include Dr. Timothy Orr, history professor, on “Legacies of the Reformation” (Oct. 25), and Dr. Nicole Kenley, English professor, on “Luther on Film: The First 90 Years” (Oct. 26). During the Oct. 27 chapel, Dr. Slane will facilitate a panel discussion on “Why Does the Reformation Matter?”
Capping off the weekend are two special music events. At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 (Friday), the Simpson University Chorale and Trinity Repertory Singers will present “Singing Our Faith: 500 Years of Song” inside the Grant Center.
At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 (Saturday), the Shasta Symphony Orchestra will present “Revenge and Reformation,” a concert including Stravinsky’s “Petroushka” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation” in the Shasta College Theatre. The cost for each concert is $10 general admission, $8 seniors, $5 students.
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