2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses on the Wittenberg Castle Church door with commemorations taking place throughout the world.

On Sunday 15 October at 2.30pm, Manchester Cathedral will host a special important ecumenical service to mark this anniversary. The Dean of Manchester, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender, has been working alongside a group comprised of representatives from various denominations, including Bishop John Arnold (R-C), David Walker and Rupert Hoare (C of E), colleagues from the German Lutheran Church in Manchester, the URC, the Methodist and Baptist Church to plan this special service to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation in Germany.

The guest preacher will be the Reverend Fleur Houston. Reverend Houston is a minister of the United Reformed Church, Author and Ecumenical Theologian.

The Canon for Theology and Mission and Sub Dean, Canon Dr David Holgate said:

“I am delighted that the Cathedral will be hosting this important commemoration. The 16th century Reformation in Europe set off a chain of events that have affected the whole world. It had an impact on our views of technology, nationhood, landscapes and even our individual identities. It has also sadly, led to division between churches. This service is part of reuniting the churches once again”.


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