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Click here to read Presiding Bishop's letter on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

“Freed and Renewed in Christ” will be the theme used by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's churchwide organization in its observance of the 500th anniversary of the evangelical Lutheran Reformation that began with the Ninety-Five Theses that Martin Luther first made public on October 31, 1517. “500 Years of God’s Grace in Action” is a tagline that has been incorporated with the theme into a single graphic representation.

The theme and tagline reflect the message of Christian faith’s freedom and a renewed life of service to others in Jesus Christ that Martin Luther expressed in The Freedom of a Christian (1520). In that treatise Luther famously wrote that, “A Christian is lord of all, completely free of everything; a Christian is a servant, completely attentive to the needs of all” (Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian.)

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