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Reformation Events

A special invitation from Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and Paul Erickson, Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

On October 31, 2017, the ELCA and Catholic bishops of Wisconsin will gather with the faithful at Ascension Lutheran Church, Milwaukee to give thanks for the gifts received through the dialogues that have taken place over the last 50 years. Please consider joining us for this very special event!


April 21, 2017
Luther Manor Tree Planting Service

Luther Manor is planning a tree planting service for Friday, April 21st in commemoration of the 500th year of the Reformation, and the 50th year of the Roman-Catholic dialogues. It will be an ecumenical service officiated by a Roman Catholic deacon and Pastor David Patterson. The service is an adaptation of the Lutheran World Federation service, “Common Prayer:From Conflict to Communion”.

In commemoration of these important milestones within the church catholic, Luther Manor is also making available to its residents, family members, staff and volunteers a 40-day Lenten calendar based on Luther’s Small Catechism that has daily activities, bible verses and suggested readings from Luther’s Small catechism for each day in Lent. A pdf of this calendar is available by contacting Pastor David Patterson at 414.847.5217 or dpatterson@luthermanor.org.
Location: 4545 N. 92nd St. Wauwatosa, WI 53225


April 23, 2017
Pere Marquette Lecture

Speaker Johannes Zachhuber, MA, DPhil, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, University of Oxford-Trinity College will speak on the ongoing relevance of the Reformation for theology today.
Location:  Marquette Raynor Conference Center, Beaumier Suite, 1355 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
Time: 2 p.m.


May 23, 2017
Scripture with Scholars – Eco-Reformation: Bringing Grace and Hope to the Care for Our Common Home

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist

In commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, an ordained Lutheran minister and Professor of New Testament, Barbara R. Rossing, and a Catholic Franciscan sister and Professor of Environmental Ethics, Dawn M. Nothwehr, examine the call to eco-reformation and “eco-conversion” that stands at the heart of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si – On the Care for Our Common Home. Together they bring the wisdom and insights of three great reformers – Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, and Pope Francis – that can assist us in our common Christian calling to respond to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Boff).

Printable bulletin insert
Printable 8.5 x 11 handouts


May 23, 2017
Scripture with Scholars – Laudato Si’:  On Care for Our Common Home

Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, Ph.D.  Professor in Catholic Ethics, Catholic Theological Union and Rev Dr Barbara R. Rossing, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Location:  The Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St. Milwaukee
Time:  7 p.m.

SWS Flyer May 2017


June 4, 2017
“4 on the 4th” Concert/Hymn Sing

Location: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Greendale

Program to include organ pieces, hymns attributed to Martin Luther, and vocal selections by the Milwaukee Liederkranz Choir.


October 21, 2017
Reformation Concert

Location:  Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls
Time:  7 p.m.

Chorus & Orchestra Volunteers are needed for this event! Please read below.

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Holy Cross Lutheran Church presents a Reformation concert with mass chorus and orchestra. This concert will feature a special arrangement by composer Dan Forrest of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” the hymn famously written by Martin Luther. This is the arrangement commissioned by the Concordia Choir & Sinfonietta of Concordia University, Irvine in honor of this year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The concert will also feature music by John Rutter and other well-known composers, as well as congregational singing.

All are welcome to attend – singers and other musicians are invited to volunteer their time and talents.

Choir volunteers:

  • Should be of high school-age or older.
  • Music and rehearsal CDs will be provided by Holy Cross. CDs include the entire selection, with your individual voice (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) brought to the front for learning purposes.
  • Music should be ready at the end of May for pickup at Holy Cross or delivery to your church.
  • Please use the music and CDs to familiarize yourself with the music during the summer at your leisure.
  • Rehearsals will be on Friday evenings September 15, 22, and 29; October 6 and 13; dress rehearsal October 20th; concert October 21st.
  • Additional information available on the Holy Cross website starting Wednesday, May 3rd.
  • Please volunteer and feel free to spread the word!

Orchestra volunteers:

  • Should have a minimum of six years experience on their instrument.
  • Music and rehearsal CDs will be provided by Holy Cross.
  • Instrumental parts should be ready at the end of June for pickup at Holy Cross or delivery to your church.
  • Please use the music and CDs to familiarize yourself with the music during the summer at your leisure.
  • Orchestra rehearsals will be on Saturday mornings (10 am – Noon) October 7 and 14, dress rehearsal Friday October 20th; concert October 21st.
  • Additional information available on the Holy Cross website starting Wednesday, May 3rd.
  • Please volunteer and feel free to spread the word!

Contact Information:

Michael Jacklin
Minister of Music
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
W156N8131 Pilgrim Rd
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
262.251.2740
mikej@holycrosslutheran.org


Save the Date!

October 31, 2017
Prayer Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Location: Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 W. Layton Blvd, Milwaukee
Time:  7 p.m.