By Beth Lewis, CEO of Augsburg Fortress
The Augsburg Fortress Lutheran resource development team is hard at work on a number of resources to assist congregations with commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
New print and digital anniversary editions of Luther’s Small Catechism, both the Pocket Edition and Study Edition, will be published in time for the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
Reformation 500 Sourcebook: Anniversary Resources for Congregations will be available in June 2016. Included will be a variety of ideas for worship services, learning experiences, music and visual arts, service projects, connections with other Christians, and communication strategies. A CD-ROM of reproducible, customizable content is also included. You may place a pre-order or download a sampler with this link.
We have also recently published Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther, a wonderful new biography started by the late Dr. Tim Lull and completed by Dr. Derek Nelson. For youth (or adults who want a fun read), we have recently published an entertaining and educational novel, When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther. In December 2015, we published Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses: With Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide by Timothy Wengert.
Whether for a personal collection or congregational library, those with a passion for learning about Martin Luther and the Reformation will want to know about the new six-volume series from Fortress Press, The Annotated Luther. Those who sign up for a standing order for the series will receive a 30% discount.
Another excellent resource for congregations and individuals (especially those who are embarking on armchair or real Reformation study tours) is our recently published Atlas of the European Reformations.
Colorful and informative children’s and adult studies about the Lutheran expression of Christianity are in preparation, with availability in time for the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
Those who want to make certain they don’t miss out on the many Reformation 500 resources being published by both Augsburg Fortress and Fortress Press may use this signup link to receive more information: http://reformation500.instapage.com/.