We are inviting people to study and reflect on Martin Luther’s “The Freedom of a Christian” in 2020, its 500th anniversary year. It is an invitation to hear, share, and experience the Lutheran witness of the Christian faith as it relates to God’s narrative of freedom in Christ.

This initiative extends our engagement in the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and builds upon the Presiding Bishop’s 2016-2017 initiative inviting the people of the ELCA to engage with Luther’s Small Catechism.

The Freedom of a Christian

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You’ll find a wide range of resources to use to engage with this initiative – either personally or congregationally. These include the Freedom of a Christian Study Guide, Case Studies, and a variety of resources from 1517 Media.

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Your Contribution

Beyond studying the treatise, and learning from the case studies, we invite you to join in this commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Freedom of a Christian by submitting your own contribution. How are different groups and people are engaging this classic of Christian spirituality? What does it mean in your life? Some examples of contributions could be:

  • A Case Study
  • Poetry
  • Articles
  • Digital art
  • Video/Film
  • Liturgies

Submit a Contribution

The Office of the Presiding Bishop expresses its deep gratitude to Fortress Press for its partnership in this project, and for making The Freedom of a Christian, 1520: The Annotated Luther Study Edition, translated by Timothy J. Wengert (Fortress Press, 2016), available for free download from this website through the end of 2020.