Reformation 500

Reformation 500 is an initiative of Concordia University to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation through a series of special events leading up to the official commemoration in the fall of 2017. This site includes historic information regarding the Reformation and current information related to the Reformation 500 celebration. You will also find the Reformation presentations and papers delivered at CUW since the fall of 2012.

For additional Reformation celebration events, see the official LCMS website.

Upcoming Events

Art  Gallery Opening Reception October 23rd | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Art Department (Stone & Kenney) – with student/faculty Reformation-themed art and Reformation memorabilia.

Drama October 23rd | 7:30 p.m.

Drama by Theater Students in Todd Wehr Theater, repeated on Friday,  October 27th at noon in the Terrace Room.

Professionals Career Conference October 24, 2017.

Thank you everyone for supporting the Reformation 500 Professional Careers Conference at Concordia University Wisconsin on October 24th. Due to overwhelming positive response, this event is full. Registration is now closed for this event. Please continue to look for additional opportunities on the CUW campus. We look forward to seeing you at events in the future.

Lunch-and-Learn October 23rd-27th | 12:00 p.m.

Mini-lectures in Terrace Room

  • Oct 23 – B. Harries: “The English Reformation on the Shakespearean Stage: Henry VIII and His Conscience”
  • Oct 24 – A. Doebele: “Lutheran Theological Symbolism in the Music of J.S. Bach”
  • Oct 26 – Stone & Maschke: “Lucas Cranach: His World & Word” (AL 008 The Nest)
  • Oct 27 – Student drama (repeat from Monday) (AL 008 – Albrecht Lounge at the NEST)

All-School Reformation Symposium October 25th, 2017

  • 8:30 Coffee and Community Breakfast (students and faculty together)
  • 9:30 Chapel (Dr. Ferry preaches)
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:30 Keynote Presentation: (Chapel) Dr. Benne “On Vocation”
  • 12:00 Lunch (with Deans/responders)
  • 1:30 Panel Discussion/ Responses with Deans
  • 2:30 Break
  • 2:45 School sectional #1
    • The sectionals at 2:45 and 4:00 would be the same—repeated twice—for students to choose. (See separate page)
  • 3:45 Break
  • 4:00 School sectional #2
  • 5:00 Gemütlichkeit with faculty and students

For more information please click here.

Music Concert October 27th | 7:30 p.m.

On Friday October 27, 2017 in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant at 7:30 pm, the Concordia University Music Department will present a music celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The concert is free and open to the public. Musical selections from all the major department ensembles will include audience participation along with accompaniment of the 64 rank Steiner-Reck organ.

For more information please call 262-243-4405 or visit

Movie: “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changes the World” October 28th | 7:00 p.m

Theater with Q & A session with the producers at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for this advance ticketed event)

SWD Reformation Service October 29th | 3:30 p.m.

SWD Reformation Service in Chapel (Synod VP John Wohlrabe, preacher with choirs from Mt Olive Lutheran Church

Committee Members: B. Alles, D. Arneson, J. Bandurski, R. Barnhart, G. Jameson, C. Lueders-Bolwerk, T. Maschke, A. Menuge, S. Mobley, A. Paape, S. Smith, J. Soenksen, N. Stoehr, G. Stone, M. Uden, D. Underberg, R. Wahl, P. Ferry (ex officio)

What does the year 2017 have to do with the Reformation?

On October 31st, the monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. In these statements, Luther questioned, among other things, the legitimacy of purchasing forgiveness (the sale of indulgences). Though Luther had not yet come to his full clarity on the Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone for the sake of Christ alone, the 95 theses nevertheless represent the beginning of Luther’s effort to reform the church.

What is CUW doing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017?

CUW has been holding bi-annual public lectures in the fall and spring since 2012. These lectures celebrate the variety of ways in which the Reformation has impacted theology and the church, but also the arts and sciences.

Besides the bi-annual lectures, what else is CUW doing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017?

The university dedicated a statue of Martin Luther in the chapel courtyard. A symposium is planned on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the many events scheduled for that day.

How can I get my students involved in the celebration?

CUW professors can encourage their students to attend the bi-annual lectures by developing an assignment related to the presentations where appropriate. Such participation would be especially appropriate for the symposium in 2017. Professors may consider developing a presentation for the symposium in 2017. Our goal is to have participation from all of the schools of the university.