Looking Back & Called Forward
In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, you are invited to participate in person or online in the ELCA’s national commemoration event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31.
“Looking Back & Called Forward” will be co-hosted by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, Bishop Bill Gafkjen of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod and chair of the Conference of Bishops, ELCA Vice President Bill Horne and Bishop Dick Graham of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod. We will gather to be a public witness to Christ, who frees us to love and serve our neighbor, and to look to the future to which God is calling us.
The all-day event, which will include speakers, fellowship, music and worship, will be held at Lutheran Church of the Reformation and will be livestreamed for all to view. As the first centennial of the ecumenical era, we will look back on 500 years of the Reformation through the lens of more than 50 years of ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and look to the future as we are called forward together in Christ.
You can view the current schedule here: https://www.elca500.org/events/looking-back-called-forward-elca-500-washington-d-c/. In the coming weeks, additional details will be added. Please note the livestream link is www.elca.org/livestream.
Attending in person: Public registration will open at 8 a.m. on Aug. 22 and close when we reach capacity (300). Those who choose to attend will be responsible for any costs incurred, including hotel and travel expenses.
Additionally, those attending are invited to consider attending the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod’s annual Reformation Sunday worship service at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Washington National Cathedral during which Bishop Eaton will preach and the Roanoke College Choir will sing.
We look forward to this journey toward Reformation Day and beyond as we join together across the ELCA, and with the global communion, in giving witness to the ongoing reformation of Christ’s church.