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Video series commemorates the 500th anniversary of Reformation

by Pam Greer-Ullrich | Presbyterian Foundation

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — October 31, 2017, marks 500 years since Martin Luther published his 95 theses disputing the practice of selling indulgences as a substitute for true repentance. This action by an obscure monk in a remote town in Germany helped ignite the massive shift in church practice which has come to be known as the Protestant Reformation.

To commemorate this anniversary, the Presbyterian Foundation has produced a series of videos on the Reformation — its leaders,  setting and implications for today. Six videos have been released so far:

  • Overview of the Reformation
  • Wittenberg, Zurich and Geneva: Cradles of the Reformation
  • Martin Luther
  • Huldrych Zwingli
  • John Calvin
  • Crannach’s Altarpiece: Witness to the Reformation

The videos are designed for use by pastors and church educators in worship services, Sunday school classes, or other church functions. Each video is 3 to 5 minutes in length. There is no charge for use.

View and download the videos at www.presbyterianfoundation.org/reformation.


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