Centerbrook Community Art Project - Trinity Lutheran Church
On October 31st, 2017, Christian churches around the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation - a movement of reform in the church that began when a Catholic monk and theology professor named Martin Luther nailed a document called “The 95 Theses” to the door at Wittenberg Castle Church, in Wittenberg, Germany, 1517. This document outlined 95 areas of abuse in the church that Luther sought to debate publicly, mostly around the sale of indulgences - certificates one could purchase from the church to reduce the punishment of certain sins in the afterlife for loved ones. Luther became infuriated when he realized that the church literally was building great cathedrals off the backs and out of the pockets of the poor who wished only to see their loved ones at peace after they died.
This reform movement sparked a series of events that led to one of the most influential cultural, religious, and spiritual transformations ever to change the world. But it’s not done yet…
Now it’s YOUR turn.
We want you to graffiti these doors! We want you to post your modern day grievances against the Christian church. What areas of the Christian church do you see that still need reform? What ways have you been hurt by the church? In what areas do you think the church still need to change? Tell your story. Maybe it’s just a word, maybe it’s a whole paragraph. We want you to post your grievances in great big letters so that everyone can see. Turn these doors into a modern, 95 Theses.
Then, on October 29th, 2017 - these doors, with all their scars and hurt and brokenness will be moved into the Sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church and used as the backdrop for our worship service. Our 500th Anniversary Reformation Service isn’t a celebration about being Lutheran. Rather, it is a reminder that the church still has work to do.
The Holy Spirit is still calling us into reformation and transformation. We are still being made new - and these doors will remind us that we are never done being changed for the better.
And we invite you to help us.
Join us for worship and lunch.
Sunday, October 29th, 2017 - 10am
Trinity Lutheran Church
109 Main St.
Centerbrook, CT 06409
We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry for the whole month of October. We invite you to drop off donations at the location provided at the art site. Our goal is to collect 500 items in honor of the 500th anniversary.