On 31 October 2017 it will be 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses. Looking towards this anniversary, the launch of the Luther Decade was celebrated in 2008. The Protestant Church in Germany (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland - EKD) and state institutions are cooperating in planning and organising the Decade.
The Reformation is a crucial event in world history which has had an impact across all continents. The great Reformers Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, Calvin, and others are among the prime sources of ideas in religious and intellectual history who also had a political impact.
The Luther Decade covers the broad range of topics relating to the Reformation in so-called “theme years“. In part, these are linked to historic anniversaries. For instance, the motto for 2010 was “Reformation and Education”, commemorating the 450th anniversary of the death of Melanchthon, the “Praeceptor Germaniae”, or “teacher of Germany”. However, the Decade also aims to pick up impulses from the Reformation which are felt right up to the present day.
The start of the actual Reformation anniversary year 2017 was marked in Berlin on 31 October 2016 with a service and a special ceremony.
Throughout the course of the year the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (Protestant Church in Germany) is planning a large number of major events, including:.