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Reformation 500 Commemoration Oct. 31

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On Oct. 31, 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, MNU will hold several events to commemorate the event. The public is welcome to attend each of these free events. All events will be held on the Olathe Campus, 2030 E. College Way, Olathe, Kansas unless otherwise noted.

  • 9:30 a.m.   Community Chapel with Dr. Randy Cloud, chair, Department of Christian Ministry and Formation. Cloud will speak on the history of the Reformation. Location:College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan, Olathe.


  • 10:45 a.m.   Luther Tree Planting. A tree commemorating the Reformation will be planted on campus. As a Tree City, USA designee, Olathe is a fitting location for this special tree which will be one of thousands of Luther trees worldwide. Location: MNU Campus Mall in front of Mabee Learning Commons.



  • 3:30 p.m.   Reformation Concert, Soli Deo Gloria: A Lecture Recital by Heritage Choir. Directed by Dr. Chris Smith, Reformation music and history will be featured. Location: Bell Cultural Events Center, McIntire Room.


  • 10a.m.- 2 p.m. Reformation DisplayHoliness Today and Grace & Peace magazines Editor Dr. Charles Christian and Dr. Frank Moore, general editor, Church of the Nazarene, will be available to discuss Christian heritage. Free copies of the Reformation issues of these magazines will be available. Location: Smith Hall Lobby. 


On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a German monk, published 95 theses (discussion points) about several key issues of reform within the Church. The hammering of this single document on the door of a church by Luther reverberated throughout the Europe. Resulting in major theological debates at the highest levels of Church leadership, the division of opinions over Luther’s ideas eventually led to a split within the Church, between what we know today as the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants (or Protesters). The controversies in the 1500s caused great upheaval in the realms of church authority, politics and economics. These two groups remain distinct expressions of the Christian faith today. However, over the centuries, Catholics and Protestants have found more common ground than in the days of Luther and both groups affirm the essential grounds of orthodox Christian faith. 

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